Monthly Archives: October 2015

Mitigating the Misery of 1.6 Gallons

Mitigating the Misery of 1.6 Gallons

The old house really was a piece of crap. It was terrible. We created a list of all the horrible things about the house that we wouldn’t miss, just in case we started doubting our decision to knock it down.

Things like not having any door knobs.

The only thing I’ll really miss is the toilet. It was incredible.  Over 8 years with 3 little kids, it never clogged. We didn’t even have a plunger in the house.

The kids called it “The Magic Toilet”. Here are the girls re-enacting a little dialogue I overheard one day coming from the bathroom. I still have no idea what they flushed.

Now, of course, toilets must conform to randomly decreed environmental standards. Jeffrey Tucker has aptly described this modern regulatory plumbing crisis as, The Relentless Misery of 1.6 Gallons.

Gosh I love that essay.  I must agree, the whole 1.6 gallon thing is definitely a “devastating setback in the progress of civilization”.  We’ve all experienced these toilets, the “shockingly loud”  blaster toilets that require plugging an ear while flushing and running out of the room or the heartstoppingly weak toilets that require 2 or 3 flushes to get the simplest jobs done.

These days, it’s a big gamble to buy a toilet with the flush unseen. So we went flushing.

And from what I’ve seen just within the Toto line of toilets, there is a huge range of flush quality and style. Our final pick is the Toto Aquia wall-hung toilet, for reasons you’ll soon understand.

Enjoy!

 

Stucco

Stucco

The stucco is finally finished, taking about 6 weeks from scratch coat to final coat.  The weather these guys worked under was crazy, ranging from nearly 100 degrees to sleeting within that 6 weeks. We used the same stucco guys as for the back addition, Heyboer & Bolt. However, this time we used a different… Continue Reading

Weird Places

Weird Places

One of the craziest things about construction is how much you learn about your own city. You find yourself driving in parts of town you never knew existed and entering businesses that blow your mind. Capitalism is truly astounding, the sheer depth and breadth of ways people make a living. Today we were looking for… Continue Reading