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.