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Reveal: A Dingy Bathroom Gets a Breath of Fresh Air

by Meghan And Al

After - Classic Marble and Chrome Bathroom
Photo: Meghan & Al

After years of dreaming of our perfect bathroom, we had honed in on a look that we knew we would be pleased with for years to come. I pinned and pinned my little heart out until Pinterest finally started saying, "This looks familiar; didn't you already pin this?" Our vision was set, now we just needed to find a way to bring this vision to life.

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4 Year Old Boy's Christmas Wish: A Dual-Flush Toilet

by DIY Maven

4 Year Old Boy's Christmas Wish: A Dual-Flush Toilet

Dustin Kruse isn't your typical 4 year old boy. At least when it comes to his fascination with toilets. And what he asked Santa for Christmas.

Dustin begged his parents to take him to the Kohler Design Center in his hometown of Kohler, Wisconsin earlier this year. After spending 3 hours in the design center and accumulating a stack of product brochures, Dustin announced his wish for Christmas. He said he was going to ask Santa

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Transform Your Toilet into a Dual-Flush for $20

by DIY Maven

Transform Your Toilet into a Dual-Flush for $20

Some of the coolest things found in our (still relatively) new Target Center here in Minneapolis are the dual flush toilets in the rest rooms. (Yes, such things thrill me.) Dual-flush toilets are gaining popularity in residential applications as well. They can cost anywhere from a couple hundred bucks to a couple thousand, so swapping out your old water guzzler to a dual-flush may be cost

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Why Bidets Are the Bomb (An Argument)

by Bruno Bornsztein

Bidets are the thumbs up. Try one today!
A bidet is contrivance for post-evacuatory cleaning of your posterior, and it's the awesomest thing you never knew you wanted in your bathroom. Most people in the United States think bidets are weird and gross, but I guarantee (not like, legally or anything, but still) that once you have one in your house, you'll never, ever, want to poop anywhere else. That's right folks, I said it; doing a poo and wiping up water-less is just nasty. 

Nearly everyone I talk to about bidets (and that's nearly everyone) acts mystified. How do they work? What does it feel like? Isn't it icky? So after a brief but hilarious discussion with Chris, I deemed it worthy of a blog rant.

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Toilet Paper Gone Wild!

by DIY Maven

created on: 01/19/09

Who says you can’t find inspiration in a roll of toilet paper? Note that the tissue is pink as well. Since such ‘girly’ t.p. doesn’t appeal to everybody, the same idea against a more colorful background with a white and grey, blue, etcetera t.p. wave could look equally funky and fun as well.

(I've since lost the link to this pic, so my apologies to the originator. If anybody knows who that might be, please leave a comment!)

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Could you do your 'business' in a see-through public toilet?

by DIY Maven

Could you do your 'business' in a see-through public toilet?

Constructed by Monica Bonvicini, this public toilet, called 'Don't Miss a Sec.', is made of 2-way mirrors. In Monica's own words '"Don't Miss a Sec." is about the desire and failure to "see it all" which is a strong trait in modernism. This work absurdly pushes at the limits of what is public and what is private and offers a perfomative element in which inside and outside are blurred together.' But back to my question: Could you do your...

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12 Quick Around-the-House Fixes

by DIY Maven

12 Quick Around-the-House Fixes

Sometimes we're so busy around the house with the big stuff that we disregard the little stuff. Follow This Old House’s advice to fix the latter to bring harmony home.

  1. Take the Squeak out of Squeaky Floors and Stairs
  2. Unclog a powder room sink.
  3. Clean your stainless and keep it spotless.
  4. Hide scratches in woodwork.
  5. Tighten a loose set screw.
  6. Mask a musty smell (via your furnace!).
  7. Tighten loose chair legs.
  8. Tighten a drafty window.
  9. ...

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The Toilet House

by DIY Maven

The Toilet House

Sim Jae-duck takes his work very seriously. He is the chairman of the organizing committee of the Inaugural General Assembly of the World Toilet Association. In an effort to highlight the world’s sanitation needs, he built a house shaped like a toilet. The home is named Haewoojae, which in Korean means ‘a place of sanctuary where one can solve one’s worries.’ I’ve always thought so. If you have an urge to visit the toilet house, you’ll probably...

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Toilet Tank Talk: How and why you should make a water displacer.

by DIY Maven

created on: 03/06/08

Statistics say that each person in the U.S. uses about 100 gallons of water a day; 1/3 of that gets flushed down the toilet. Installing a water displacer inside your toilet tank will cut that figure substantially.  For instance, the Tank Bank, which is a plastic bladder you fill with water and hang inside your toilet, can cut that 1/3 by 20%. Why not just place a brick in your toilet tank? According to the manufacturer of the Tank Bank, bricks...

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5 Easy Ways To Make Your Bathroom Feel New.

by Chris Gardner

"Is it difficult to find enthusiasm about cleaning the bathroom? Are you living in a place that someone else rented or owned before you? If you said yes to both, try not to think about what may have happened in your bathroom before you moved in....Here are five inexpensive things you can do to make your bathroom truly feel like it is yours. Doing these will not make the room look new but it will make it feel much more new to you."

5 Easy Ways To Make Your Bathroom Feel New.

 

  1. Replace the...

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How To Unclog Drains Without Chemicals

by Chris Gardner

"Drains are hidden heroes in your home. If you’re lucky, you can go for years without thinking about them, but when dirty sink water suddenly won’t go away or a toilet won’t flush, they can be a major frustration. A plugged drain certainly demands attention, but fixing it is probably something you can do yourself. You’ll get faster results than calling a pro, and you’ll save money, too."

How To Unclog Drains Without Chemicals

Unclog sinks, tubs, toiilets and more with these tips from...

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Simple Tips to Turn Your Cramped Bathroom Into a Cozy Retreat.

by Chris Gardner

"Don’t worry if you just have a small space for your bathroom, by saving physical space or by using design techniques to increase the perception of space you will get your small bathroom look more larger...follow these steps" from Momoy.com

 

Simple Tips to Turn Your Cramped Bathroom Into a Cozy Retreat.

 

1. Change your toilet.

2. Switch up your countertop.

3. Hang cabinets at a comfortable height.

4. Install a pedestal or wall-mounted sink.

5. Install a flat tub with lower walls.

6. Simple shower door or shower...

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Bathroom Etiquette for Men.

by Chris Gardner

Fatherly blog Husbandhood.net offers nine bathroom etiquette tips for men whom share their washrooms with women they value. Have a look below for an overview, then read the full article here.

Bathroom Etiquette for Men.
  • Lower the seat!
  • Replace the empty role of toilet paper.
  • Clean out the shower or bath when you're done using it.
  • Stack rolls of toilet paper under the sink.
  • Place a stack of clean towels under the sink.
  • Rinse off the sink and countertop after shaving.
  • Refill the...

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Toilet Seat Lifter

by Chris Gardner

"Do you fight over 'Who left the Toilet Seat up?' Are you tired of that 'Midnight Splashdown?' The PeaceMaker will end the battle of the toilet seat. Merely step on the pedal to activate the lifting mechanism. When finished, remove your foot from the pedal and the seat gently comes to a rest where it started."

Toilet Seat Lifter

Or, just lift the toilet seat.

Interestingly, you don't have to order this from some obscure overseas catalog. It's readily available at...

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The Foot Flush

by DIY Maven

The Foot Flush

To go along with your hands free garbage can and toilet-paper-less toilets, how about a hands free toilet flusher? The Foot Flush from Comfy Bath retrofits to any existing toilet and installs in less then two minutes per the retailer’s website. Available in classic and 'fun' styles, the peddle comes in at $29.95. Considering a typical toilet handle can have up to 50,000 bacteria per square inch, it might be a good investment. Comfy Bath also...

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Couture Crapper

by DIY Maven

Couture Crapper

Kohler, those purveyors of everything plumbing, has added to its cadre of crappers the Purist Hatbox Toilet. Gone is the tank and added is a .2-hp pump to eliminate eliminations. I can appreciate the minimalist design of this john, but there are two things that prove bothersome.

First, I think it would confuse people. I imagine guests coming out of the bathroom asking, "Where do I ‘go’?" and me saying, "In the white garbage can-looking thing."

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