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.