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Not my hand. Not my toilet. I pinched it from this thoughtful article in Heating, Ventilating and Plumbing magazine titled TOILET MANUFACTURERS CALLED ON TO RETHINK DUAL FLUSH BUTTONS.

It is a quandary. The dual flush toilet was foist upon Britain to save water. Little button for little flush, big button for big flush. Problem is, they actually waste water, partly through people not remembering which button does which and partly through a leaky mechanism. To the tune of 88 million gallons a year.

Also, they break a lot. Usually in the wee hours when a weasel gets up for a wee, disconsolately mashing a button that doesn’t respond. Then repeating the exercise in the morning because I forgot. Bleh.

There are actually several different types of toilet in the UK and I have struggled with all of them. Here’s the Toilet Guru in his Toilets of the World series explaining British Toilets. There’s even a WikiHow.

Fortunately, we were able to get a plumber on short notice, so it’s working again. I understand the mechanism was full of bees.


Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: July 20, 2023, 6:37 pm

Another day to celebrate!

World Toilet Day (Friday 19 November)

(I suppose it’s November 17 this year , 2023)

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: July 20, 2023, 8:22 pm

One used to be able to get REAL toilets before Our Betters decided we did not need them. Remember Al Bundy’s toilet?

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: July 20, 2023, 9:02 pm

Well done. The wee hours. Age has brought understanding.

Thank you for making that connection for me😆

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: July 21, 2023, 12:05 am

One might reasonably suppose that using non-potable water, for example outflow from bathtubs, showers, clothes washing machines, to flush our toilets would eliminate the problem.

But no. Our govts, in their infinite hubris and stupidity, don’t allow us to occupy homes with the plumbing set up that way.

Hell, they won’t even let you use collected rainwater.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: July 21, 2023, 12:25 am

“Hell, they won’t even let you use collected rainwater.”

It’s their water Uncle Al, ask the EPA. It’s their air, or will be when they finally assign us our personal carbon allowances, and their water, and we get to rent their land while we pretend we own it.

I’ve turned into old crazy Joe the night watchman who controlled access to the banks data center 35 years ago.

Comment from Tim Carlson
Time: July 21, 2023, 12:51 am

“Fortunately, we were able to get a plumber on short notice, so it’s working again. I understand the mechanism was full of bees.”

Oh, okay.
Wait – WHAT? Bees? What does that mean?

Which reminds me – the duo-flush in the master bathroom is working fine, but the one in the guest bathroom is always 20 gallons of water, no matter which button you push.

I guess I’ll fix it now.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: July 21, 2023, 2:15 am

We have rain barrels, and use every drop of water we save—5 fifty-gallon barrels, hooked up to our roof gutters. A 1/4 inch of rain will fill the barrels and we use that water for the garden (6 raised beds), the two apple trees, and a grape vine. And my lavender 🙂 LOTS of lavender.

Comment from Veeshir
Time: July 25, 2023, 1:18 am

I live in a desert where I can see conserving water.
England gets a fair amount of rain, I’ve heard, why conserve water there?
Green Science is neither green nor science, it’s just a way to make our lives worse.

Comment from bitlife
Time: September 5, 2023, 9:10 am

It’s a light-hearted take on the everyday challenges people face with modern plumbing systems.

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