Monday, October 05, 2009

If Everyone Flushed at Once

Flush LeverI was recently reading an article called "What if Everybody Flushed their Toilets at the Same Time?" The article discusses sewage systems from our households to treatment centers and what would happen if everyone unanimously flushed their toilets.

Pipes from your home are small in diameter while those leading to neighborhood, town, and city treatment centers get progressively larger. Sewage leaving your home and arrives at the treatment centers after being pushed by a lift station. This is the first place waste would back up. Eventually, all of the waste would be forced back through the pipes and into our homes, resulting in backed up toilets, sinks, and even dishwashers. Not only would it back up in homes, but manholes in the streets would also overflow.

A solution mentioned in the article is low flow toilets. Low flow and dual flush toilets use a reduced amount of water when flushed and also save money on water and energy bills.

Source: How Stuff Works

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Vintage Tub and Bath Buying Guides

Toilet GuideDuring the remodeling process, you have a lot of decisions to make and want those decisions to be well informed. Since there are so many different products with different styles, finishes, and sizes, it can be difficult to choose the most suitable one for your home. Whether you are renovating your kitchen or simply repairing a fixture in your bathroom, the Vintage Tub Buying Guides can help.

For example, the Clawfoot Bathtub Buying Guide explains the differences between clawfoot tub styles, the sizes available,Tub Guide and the types of fixtures necessary during installation. The guide also goes into deeper detail weighing the advantages and disadvantages of cast iron clawfoot tubs vs. acrylic clawfoot tubs. The different types of faucet drillings are also discussed. To make sure everything is clear before your decision is made, there are also three informative videos including How to Purchase a Clawfoot Tub, How to Choose Supply Lines, and How to Choose a Drain for a Clawfoot Tub.

Sink GuideAll informational guides include: Clawfoot Bathtub, Sink, Toilet, Whirlpool Tub, Kitchen Sink, Bathroom Mirror, Tub Drain, Supply Lines, Tub Faucet, Shower Enclosure, and Fireplace Accessories. If you need information on a product that is not listed, just ask here.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Space Bathroom

International Space Station BathroomWithout gravity, using the bathroom is probably a difficult task. It is obvious that a normal toilet could not be used on a space station. According to How Stuff Works, the bathrooms on space stations are built with leg, foot, and lap restraints that hold astronauts in place. One major difference between space and Earth toilets is the use of air as opposed to water. The air is used to draw waste away, where it is then compacted for disposal upon return to Earth.

Even space bathrooms are in need of a plumber sometimes. A Discovery News article discusses that one toilet located at the International Space Station was not functioning properly. To solve the problem, officials had to make room on a separate shuttle launch for a 1/2 foot long pump and its hardware.

Sources: How Stuff Works
Discovery News

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Bathroom Trends

Trying to keep up with bathroom and kitchen trends, I have recently been browsing through a good share of home magazines. Like fashion magazines, these home magazines discuss what’s in style and showcase new designs. Instead of dresses and shoes, the hot topics on the pages of these magazines are things like dishwashers and faucets.

After flipping through magazines like Signature Kitchens and Baths, Bathroom Trends, Kitchen and Bath Planning 2009, and Kitchen and Bath Ideas, I began noticing a pattern. This instance is not only when I realized that I do not have the most up-to-date, trendy kitchen or bathroom, but when I then decided to write about the bathroom and kitchen trends that seemed popular amongst the magazines. Here are my observations of WaterSense Certified, Dual Flush, Toilet by TOTOwhat’s hot in the bathroom world:

You can view photos and read more information about each of the trends listed above by clicking on them. Check back soon to see my observations of kitchen trends.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Banned Album Art

In the past, many album covers have been banned for explicit images. What you may not know however, is that there are two albums that weren't released because their covers depicted unsanitary toilets.

Below, If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears by The Mama's and the Papa's, was instead released with a scroll over the image of a toilet (left).

Mama's and Papa's Album Cover
The Rolling Stones' album, Beggars Banquet, featuring the song "Street Fighting Man" was banned for its cover, featuring a run down toilet in an unclean bathroom scene (left). The album art was replaced by the image on the right.

Rolling Stones Album Cover

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Monday, July 20, 2009

The Art Museum Toilet Museum of Art

The Art Museum Toilet Museum of Art is not a museum of interesting toilets from different time periods or countries. Nor can it be visited physically.

What makes this Museum of Art interesting, is that it showcases only toilets and bathrooms that are located in other museums. Due to the fact that the Museum's exhibits exist in other museums all over the world, The Art Museum Toilet Museum of Art can only be visited online. Now that, is a mouthful.

Photos can be submitted to The Art Museum Toilet Museum of Art. Some toilets currently featured in their gallery include:

Tate Museum Bathroom in London, England.

Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan

Museum of Photography in Tokyo, Japan

Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton, Massachusetts

Source: The Art Museum Toilet Museum of Art

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Friday, June 05, 2009

Toilet Prank

Using a portable toilet is usually not a pleasant experience. The only thing worse than having to use one is being stuck in one. Check out the portable toilet prank below. In the video, people enter a portable restroom and upon exiting, they find themselves interrupting a business meeting.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Ther perfect family toilet seat

This is just too fun not to share. Our favorite toilet seat manufacturer, Beneke (who happens to be the official toilet seat manufacturer for the NASA space shuttle - no kidding), just introduced what very well may be the perfect family toilet seat. Their new adult/juvenile combination seat makes your standard toilet child friendly without any special adapters that need to be fastened and unfastened before and after each use. For those of you with young children, need we say more? Didn't think so, we can hear the cheers from here. They are available in both standard and elongated sizes.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

It's Time To Vote for America's Best Restroom 2007

The five finalists are in and now it's time to cast your ballot! This prestigious honor has been bestowed upon public bathrooms since early 2002. Each year this award is presented by Cintas. The voting process ends July 31st and the winner will be announced in early August. (so get voting) The winner will receive a plaque of recognition and a place on America's Best Restroom "Hall of Fame" portion of the website.

And the nominees are:

Catch 31 located in Virginia Beach, Virginia located in the Virginia Beach Hilton Oceanfront. This bathroom has cool blue walls, high ceilings, mosaic tiles, and sports a nautical theme.

Fandangles' in Flushing Michigan. A bathroom for an artist; it has art decor hanging on the walls, fresh flowers adorning the sink and countertop, and a curtain that decorates the ceiling of each bathroom.

Jungle Jim's International Market in Fairfield Ohio. This bathroom is really creative. It has a door that looks like an entrance to a port- o- potty but when you open the door it reveals a spacious bathroom. It also has a jungle theme that decorates the hallways. (This one gets my vote because I love creative stuff)

Mix Lounge at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. This bathroom is the favorite of people with contemporary style. This bathroom is equipped with sleek black walls, toilets, and fixtures. It also features an amazing view of the city right from your bathroom stall.

Vermont Marble Museum in Proctor Vermont. The main component in this bathroom is of course marble. All countertops, doors, floors, and stalls are marble all come in shades of black and white. It also has lacy curtains and flowers to soften this edgy design.

Intersted in casting a vote? Well click here and you can do it in one easy step.

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