Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Flushings

I complained to R that I was not happy with my new toilet flushing system. Having said that, let me assure you in the most delicate manner that the full flush is excellent and a second flush is not necessary. Our toilets flush very differently to US and Japanese toilets, as previously discussed.

It will take time for me to get used to the different flush of our new toilets. I told R I wanted to take the cistern lid off but it wouldn't come off very easily. He told me, it is a brand new toilet. Stop being a control freak. You don't have to know how it works.

When we were installing the toilet roll holder, R remarked the new toilet was a bit strange in that the half flush was on the right and the full flush on the left. No no, I said, you are wrong. The half flush is on the left, as normal. It is not. It is so. It is not. It is so. We can be very mature at times.

I looked at my new toilet and R's new toilet and the half flush buttons were on opposite sides. I was hit with a moment of clarity. My issues with my new toilet were explained. I then timed them. My half flush went for four seconds, my full flush for two seconds. My half flush button was giving full flush and the half flush, a full flush.

It is quite true that the half flush should be on the left and the full flush on the right, but that is not so with these toilets. It won't worry me about the wrong flush for the buttons, I said to R, but then it niggled at me. However, given I just couldn't lift the cistern cover off, (where do you put the blue water colouring thing?) I need to search online.

Youtube to the rescue. https://youtu.be/6UhFv072tVM

Because each button had a different width tube to depress the mechanism, it was not as simple as just swapping buttons. I had to undo the plastic screw after removing the buttons and turn the holder 180% and then insert the buttons on their stems. Suddenly my toilet flushing problems were gone and our toilets matched.

It is still unusual that the half flush is on the right, and the plumber should not have made the mistake that he made by placing mine on the left, but I expect his instinct for half flushing button to be on the left came to the fore, and to fix it myself as against getting the plumber back to do so was a no brainer.

Blessed are those who upload Youtube videos about how to do things.


27 comments:

  1. I've seen those flush buttons on several toilets and they look just like yours. I think because we are trying to conserve water and most people are right handed, the half flush has been put to the right so people automatically half-flush.

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    1. River, that makes sense. If so, it should have always been done like that.

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  2. My toilet has the same flush system. It makes easier if it's just a number 1... :-)

    Greetings from London.

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    1. Haha Cuban. Perhaps the buttons should be numbered.

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  3. Hooray for being able to do things 'self'. The satisfaction is immense isn't it? (As is the frustration when those fixes fail.)

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    1. EC, at times it is, but not always.

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  4. We just hold the handle down until we get a full flush. Easy. But the darned plumber who "fixed" my sink in the kitchen connected the hot-water/cold-water lines backwards. It drives me crazy. Husband says I should adjust. And it's been a year and still boggles the mind.
    I do love Youtube for teaching me things. My cousin told me, "If you want to know how to fix almost anything type your problem out and go to Youtube. The answer is almost always there."
    And so it is.

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    1. Maribeth, yes, that's the way toilets break down here too. Does your husband do the dishes? Then he can have a say about how the taps should be. There just seems to be so much helpful Youtube videos. I am sure there is one for DIY brain surgery.

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    2. No Andrew, he almost never does the dishes! I wish he did. I'm not sure why he doesn't, but the only time I can recall dishes being done, was when I was sick! Even now, I leave a completely empty dishwasher, and I tell him to put his dishes in, and when I come back, the dishes are on the shelf waiting...LOL

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  5. Oh! Dear! Now I am flushed!

    You will get used to it. I have the blue cap on my hot water tap, and the red cap on my cold water tap on my bathroom sink. So far I've survived! lol

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    1. Love your work Lee. Can't they be easily swapped over?

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    2. They can...but I have no dire need for that to be done. For it to be done, the actual hot water tap, itself, would have to be completely replaced. And I never use it, anyway...so I'm saving my landlords the cost of labour etc., and I'm saving me from having to deal with a Cecil B. DeMille productions...because said landlord turned everything into one! lol

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    3. Aren't the caps just press on/ screw on extras? Plumbers fit the taps then add the red/blue buttons.

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    4. The caps are, River, that is correct, but what the plumber and I did was switch the tap covers around because the thread on the cold water tap cover was worn...hence the present situation. It's not a big deal either which way. It doesn't bother me. I know which is which, and I'm the only one here who uses the bathroom sink...Remy and Shama don't use it. They come with their own inbuilt bathing and washing system. :)

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    5. What Lee? You don't bathe your cats? I once watched the late former President of the RSPCA Dr Hugh Wirth bathe a cat at a gay carnival. It's easy, or looked to be. Bathing unwilling dogs is hard. There are amusing Youtube videos of very sad and reluctant dogs about to be bathed, and they knew it.

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    6. I often used to bathe Pushkin, my beautiful ginger cat I had before Remy and Shama came into my life.

      Pushkin never minded. He never kicked up a stink about it. Missy, my cocker spaniel did one day, though. I was living in Collinsville at the time and had a full bath tub in the bathroom. I was washing Pushkin and Missy became quite distraught. She thought I was trying to drown his mate, I think! lol

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  6. We have one of those up at our barn conversion. Seeing as I never use the 'facilities' there, I had no idea it did different flushes. Today I will go and play with it for a while.

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    1. Your afternoon's entertainment solved, Cro.

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  7. Anonymous6:49 pm

    No of COURSE you are not a control freak.... My heart goes out to R.

    Cheers Marie

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    1. Marie, when someone does better than me at something, and that is often enough, I am quite happy to let them have control.

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  8. I had no idea the full or half flush should be on the right or the left. Thanks goodness for youtube videos, we've used them to learn how to tile and to fix a myriad of things.

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    1. Sami, even when you know how to do something, you can pick up things to make it a better, quicker or easier job. Are you tiles blue and white?

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  9. Andrew, I'm sure that in time you'll both get used to the new flushing system and will probably forget about your old flusher.
    I've just spent most of last week putting down a new kitchen floor along with the delivery of a new fridge as the old one leaked, damaging the floor.

    And as Elephants Child said, there's great satisfaction in doing it yourself. Perhaps like you the results of the flooring might be a potential blog post. And to think that we survived the current warm weather without a fridge for at least a week.

    Out of interest I noticed when in the U.S that the loos flush very powerfully, almost like a jet taking off.

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    1. Dee, that is a big project, maybe covered by insurance? How could you manage without a fridge, for more than a day. When R was growing up in the north, they never had a fridge and used to just buy day to day, but then houses weren't centrally heated often then. Yes, the US loos are complicated beasts. I am not sure why.

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  10. Our toilet has no cistern lid, you have to pull and twist the whole middle mechanism thing! One day we may get around to fixing it...

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    1. Fen, I hope that doesn't damage anything. I guess not if you have done it that way.

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  11. Yay for YouTube how to videos! Have been watching a few myself on how to paint over ceramic tiles, have decided my kitchen tiles aren't as lovely as I originally thought 😀 Happy flushing 😉

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