Wednesday, 26 December 2007

My Home Toilets

I haven't talked about these on here much, there is some pics of them on Toilet Roast though

It's one sucky toilet. The flush is terrible. You put some paper in and it can take two FULL flushes to clear it. It used to flush better until I flushed it one day and the handle snapped which meant we had to remove the siphon because it uses a rare side handle. So we got a dual-flush drop valve which means the pressure of the flush depends on the height of water in the cistern, when it gets lower the pressure goes down and the flush ... improves. That's not a typo, it does improve. There is too much pressure on this one, usally you can't get too much but this is the only toilet that does this.

The hole shape causes lots of blockages. It's a really cheaply designed sucky toilet. I want our old one back, it may have been dark orange but it still functioned better.

Here's the buttons, on the left-hand-side of the cistern. In place of the handle. The bottom button is full-flush and the top is half-flush. They work fine and are rare to have on the side of the cistern but I would love to have the good ol' handle flush back.

but one thing I like is the slow close seat, it can just be dropped and it won't slam. 'Saved the seat a few times from being dented and broken.

Now I shall tell you about the good toilet which is downstairs and doesn't get used much because it's too cold out there. (Opoligies for the motion blur on these next two pics, my fault I moved while taking them and didn't realise.)
This one is designed better and flushes better, doesn't block and pressure is the same througout the flush. i haven't got much to say except it is a VitrA and made in Turkey.
As you can see the hole is different. Much better.

Tuesday, 25 December 2007

I Have A New Camera!

Well, I got a new camera for Christmas and it's a very good one too. 5 Megapixel, can take photos and videos (Which is good because my phone camera is rubbish) it can play MP3s, it has two super bright LEDs on the front for extra lighting in those dark places when shooting videos. Much clearer and smoother videos for you all to see. So I'm really happy with it. Here's two clearer than before videos of my toilets. (Both videos were taking in dark rooms without any lights on, I did this to test the functionality of the LEDs.)
Upstairs Toilet

Downstairs Toilet

Upstairs Toilet, Daylight View
This one was taken in the day.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to you all. :-)

Monday, 24 December 2007

'The Lion, the New Improved Washdown Closet'

This one was found in the ladies (yes, I snuck in there, it's historical anyway so it doesn't exactly matter) Anyway, it's called 'The Lion, the New Improved Washdown Closet' I haven't heard of this one before unlike 'The Simplicitas' . This one has a great flush, and sound. It makes some unique sounds near the end of the flush.
The bowl looks old but not as old as 'The Simplicitas' I prefer the design of 'The Simplicitas' but I prefer the flush on this one.
There's the logo, not as complicated as 'The Simplicitas' .
It's cistern is incredibly high and I think it has a bell siphon because there was that clanging sound they make but the shape of a bell siphon cistern isn't there. The cistern is higher than it looks I just used zoom to get a better look. The chain was very very long too, it came quite low down.
Sorry for the dark video, the lighting was sucky in there.

'Adams & Co' Flushable Urinal With High Cistern

As you can tell I don't post much on urinals, only the logos mainly. But this one really deserves to be on here and YouTube.

Basically, it is two troughs. The top one has 4 holes in total, two where there cistern pipe connects and two at the other end, a drain and a hole for more water to come out and rinse the drain right out. When you flush all three inlet holes spray water at an incredible pressure. The first two spray with so much force the water in the upper trough goes flying to the other end. Once it is at the upper drain it goes down the hole and through a pipe into the trough below and goes along and finally falls down into the sewer. You'll see all this in the video.

The cistern is the same as the toilet one but this one is missing the lid, it is also high cistern. As you can see it's manual flush but because men here are used to urinal flushing them selves this isn't an effective method. It is good powerful loud cistern though.
Enjoy the video.

'Doulton & Co Limited, The Simplicitas'

I hope you enjoy these next few posts, they're on some very old toilets that I found.

Wow, what a find! I went to one of the Grand Central Railway stations and found this, a rare beautiful 'Doulton & Co Limited, The Simplicitas' toilet with a high cistern.

It's a bit cracked on the rim but still a beauty. Still got a good flush and the original logo is still there.

If you look above the logo there is a hole, you can't see it very well on the photo but it's visible. Water squirts out of that hole, I have no exact idea why but I've seen it on a few toilets.

Here's the cistern, I'm unsure of the brand but it's an old one. I haven't got much to say on this cistern, except the handle is on the left-hand side.

I'm glad this toilet is in a place like this, it's preserved and safe from demolition. The toilets atmosphere is really good. Everything is old, tiles sink, urinal (You'll see that in the next post) paper towel holder, soap is made to smell like it used to years ago. I love this toilet, apart from being in the ladies one to shoot a video of that I spent most of my time in the gents flushing it.
Enjoy the video.

Sunday, 23 December 2007

Brandless Toilet at Franks Italian Pizzeria

This is in the same place as the previous post but this time in the gents.

I can't find a brand but it is old, the bowl had a hairline crack. It was also an old design, old cistern and it was out in an outhouse. It's flush is better than the Royal Doulton, and it sounds great.

The hole is smaller normal shape, this bowl gives a good flush.
It's another one of these, I can't figure out if it's Shires or not. This one is slightly dodgy at first before the flush fully starts but it still sounds good and pressure is good.
Enjoy the video.

Oddest Royal Doulton I've ever seen ...

This one is a good find, even though the flush isn't up-to-scratch it still deserves to be on here.

I found it at Franks Italian Pizzeria, Kettering. The resteraunt is in an old terraced house which means ... old outside toilets! I walked into the ladies by accident and found this beauty.
Now that is an odd hole. Not even enough water to fill it. It's a Royal Doulton, a very old one too. The bowl was cracked, as you can see in this next photo of the logo.

That logo is on every Royal Doulton in this area, I've never seen any other.

Thi cistern looks like a Shires but usally they have logos. I think it was slightly worn out as there wasn't enough pressure to go round the whole rim of the bowl.
The flush isn't good but still a great find. Apologies for the yellow photos, my camera picks certain lighting up like this.

Enjoy the video.

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Midland Mainline Meridian Trains Vacuum Toilets

These are the newer vacuum toilets found on Midland Mainline Meridian Trains, the older vacuum toilets have a more goldy effect. The even older toilets are ceramic and flush like a normal toilet but drop through onto the track once it goes through the u-bend.
These ones flush by spraying water round the bowl to push all waste by the hole (from the 5 nozzels around the top of the bowl) and creating a vacuum. After enough pressure has been created it will suddenly suck the contents out with a loud bang. If anything gets stuck in the hole it will start to create another vacuum more powerful and suck it all out again if that doesn't succeed then it goes again and so on.
The flush button has lights to indicate when the toilet is ready (when you press it the lights go out), if it gets blocked and hasn't cleared it fully out the hole then the lights stay out until the pipe is clear. Pressing it while lights are out won't do anything. The button is usally located to the left of the toilet.

A Common Urinal and Toilet

As you may know Armitage Shanks is way to common. And here is the effects of it, a common boring urinal. Even though urinals I don't really like these are too common. There's larger versions of these aswell. Most Armitage Shanks have boring but effective designs, as you will see when I post about the toilet bowl.
There's a close up, as you can see it's pretty boring unlike the nicer older ones with good designs.
There's a close up of the latest logo, the older one can be found on the toilet with the backwards handle.

There's a far out view of a common Armitage Shanks toilet bowl. I hate these, they sound good but the have a boring and horribe design. It also has the most popular handle out.

There's the other cubical, it's the same bowl but differen't handle. This one also has a broken flush.
That is a view of the inside, the hole is designed well as it is hard to block up (not that I've tried but seen people trying to overflow them, I hate it when people that do that) but it isn't a very appealing toilet. These are everywere, I never bother shooting them as they aren't worth it. But I have two videos for those who want to see them. They are Morrisons Mens toilets and Morrisons Full Toilet Shoot.

Saturday, 17 November 2007

What a toilet trip! Continued ...

... lets continue with my pictures and info from my toilet trip today.

The brandless toilet at Bakers Oven
Well it's disgusting alright, brandless aswell 'till I can get some more information.

The picture came out yellow due too the bad lighting.

Anyway this horrible thing came from Bakers Oven, the flush is way too short and it is messed up. This use to be kept clean and tidy then suddenly it went downhill.

Here's a close up, that's not my paper. I'd say this is a typical toilet bowl.
I personally hate this toilet.

McDonalds Backwards Handle Toilet

This is an older version of the rimless Armitage Shanks, the flush and sound sucks on this thing. I only got the photo and video because it has a different logo and the handle is on backwards.

The brand logo is older and blue not black, most of the older Armitage Shanks have this logo including the sinks.

Well there it is the backwards handle, you still have to push it down. It's on the right hand side but it faces the wrong way, making it difficult for people trying to flush the toilet while videoing them as you have to cross your hand over (unless you are left handed) to flush it.


Fullers Cafe Armitage Shanks
This one had the same logo as the toilet on the above post, but the bowl is different design.

It's equipped for the disabled even though it just says Gents on the outside.

It sounds good and flush isn't too bad either.
The cistern has a different handle to what it'd normally have.


The Smaller Pay Toilet With a Hole
I won't really need to explain this one it's the pay toilet with a hole this time.

Well the seat cleaner works but not the bowl, sorry there is crap all round the bowl. It's always like this.
This sink is much better than the other smaller one.
And the opening handles, both work I don't see the need for two and you don't need to hold like it says on the other sign!
Well that's everything, hope you enjoyed that!

What a toilet trip!

Marco has been telling me about toilet trips so I decided to go on one and it was worth it!
I got some great finds for you all!
Rare High Level Toilet With BELL SIPHON!
Now this one is my favourite. It has the rare high level cistern with a bell siphon.

Finding this toilet made my day I was so happy when I saw it. It is located at the library in Kettering, Northamptonshire, for those who want to see it. You have to ask if you can use their toilet and they take you to this.
As mentioned above it has a high level cistern using a bell siphon, it is also combined with my favourite brand of toilets! Royal Doulton!
This is what cisterns with the bell siphon look like, you can see the bit at the bottom where the bell is held. These are so rare this is the second one I've only seen in my whole life! I got very excited when I saw this. Flushing it was fun, it's lovely and loud very powerful aswell.

Here's the handle, it's the original one aswell. Modern ones don't have this, it's a rare sight.

The bowl looks like a modern one but it isn't, it's Royal Doulton. This one doesn't have a very long hole like most of the other Royal Doultons I've seen. I'd say this bowl is rare.
Just a picture of the logo.

Enjoy the video!

RARE Royal Doulton Childs Toilet

Ever seen a toilet this small? Neither had I until I found this.

It is in the ladies toilets at the Sunday School buildings in Rothwell Northamptonshire. I had to sneak in there while no one was in there. They aren't used much anyway. (My mum kept watch for me aswell)

Sadly the seat has been cracked in half by vandles.

Here's the cistern, it's low level. It looks like the original too me and the handle aswell.
This picture shows a good view of the bowl. You can just see the logo, I forgot to get a close up but it is just like any other Royal Doulton logo round here.

The hole is way too big, I'm unsure of it's flushing cababilities. It has reasonable pressure, and it flushes good with a small bowl like that.


Royal Doulton in Gents
Here's the regular sized toilet in the gents, it's Royal Doulton again and has the same cistern as the other.

If you look, the hole is off shape and square-ish. Don't know why that is.


Twyfords Toilet and Urinal
Well at the methodist church in Rothwell there was an event going on so I thought I'd go in and shoot a video, get some brand logos and a video for you.

It looks just like a normal toilet too me, quite modern not old.

It's very powerful though, it splashes back sometimes, the handle gives a nice springy effect when you push it.
There's the handle, it's a Twyfords one again. I think this toilet has all it's original parts to it.
I'm unsure if the bowl is Twyfords but I think it is, and no that isn't my paper.
Here's a close up of the badge on the cistern.
Here's one of the urinals, it has the same design as the other urinal I posted but different logo like Marco said.
I am going to make another post with some more pictures from my toilet trip as this one is a bit too long ...