Harold M. Vasquez

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Power flush water-saving toilets get motorized

Toilet manufacturers Kohler Co. and Emerson Motor Co. have jointly developed the Kohler’s Trocadero Power Lite pressure-assisted toilet, a touch-button flushing system that uses only 1.1 gallons of water per flush. The pressurized water flow in the bowl and siphon jet is responsible for reducing the consumption of water during flushing. The system is powere […]

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How’d you like to spend $500 on a toilet

Hotel owners operating in Honolulu, HI, are protesting a rule passed by the Honolulu City Councul requiring the installation of ultra-low-flush toilets. The toilets cost $300-$500 and will have to be installed by licensed plumbers. Hoteliers argue that the added costs are not in tune with the region’s declining tourism industry and that the toilets […]

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Residential Toilet Removal and How to Installation

Editor’s Note: In an effort to help plumbing contractors train their apprentices and helpers, Reeves Journal offers detailed instruction on common service and repair jobs. This section is designed so it can be removed and added to your training manual. Since each service call has a unique set of circumstances, the following are general guidelines […]

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Think tank ranks Toto toilets tops

Toto’s leading low-flush toilet models swept the top three spots in a 50-toilet comparison study released by the NAHB Research Center in October, posting perfect or near-perfect scores on the research institute’s “Flush Performance Index.” The study subjected 1.6-gallon toilets to a competitive flush-off using standardized “floater” and “sinker” sponges and anywhere from one to […]

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Don’t let toilets flush potential profits

Hotels and motels can save a considerable amount of money by installing water-efficient toilets. Using the traditional gravity-assisted flushing toilet that contains 3.5 to 6.5 gallons of water, the typical 120-unit full-service hotel can spend $50,000-plus on water bills. Such cost can be minimized with new 1.6-gallon flushing toilets, which can be either gravity-assisted or […]

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Dual flush toilet mechanism operation

Dual Flush is an interactive water saving design for a toilet. It is created with the internal flush valve allowing two separate flushing volumes for disposing waste. This type of cistern gives you the choice between a half flush for disposing liquid waste or a full flush for disposing solid waste. Dual flush toilets handle […]

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The two-pint flush toilet

Step-by-step instructions are presented for constructing a toilet system based on a Sealand marine and recreational vehicle flush toilet. A reservoir mounted above the toilet provides the two pints of water needed for each flush.Over time I have read a number of things pro and con about composting toilets. Some say theirs work great while […]

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Broken Toilets and Bullet Trains

Akio Shiibashi had wanted to design bullet trains in his native Japan. Instead, the railway he worked for sent him to repair toilets and light fixtures around a few of its stations in Tokyo. He spent weeks cursing his bad luck. He felt he was on the wrong career track and at times wondered what […]

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Get Past Talk on Toilets

TUCKED inside the local seetion of the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 25 was a report of a “short debate” by the City Council before a vote to enter into negotiations on an amendment and extension of a 20-year contract that’s been “a financial disappointment for the city.”The negotiations will proceed with Outfront JC Decaux, […]

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