Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Engineer's Log: Getting Our Crap Together

[Editors note: the following is a legitimate email composed by KAXE Engineer Dan Houg to inform the staff of his research/decision for a new toilet in the bathroom. After reading it, I went and asked his permission to post it as a blog. Dan reluctantly agreed, but also insisted that he would be doing a more formal and comprehensive product review in the near future. Enj0y.]

Sent: Mon 5/24/2010 11:02 AM
To: All Staff

coming soon... the Toto CST454CEFG ultra low flow Double Cyclone flush toilet that uses a measly 1.3 gallons per flush. this bad boy has a 3" flush valve, 2-1/8" fully glazed trap and is finished with the slippery Sanagloss finish to reduce skidding. it is one of the strongest flushers, devouring up to 800 grams of solids per flush which should more than accommodate the 9am symphony movement that occurs here. unlike the VERY strongest flushers on the market, this one reserves a portion of the flush water for sweeping the bowl with a strong water 'cyclone' to clean roughage off, a problem when all the water is dedicated to the trap.

i looked at the BANG! pressure flush toilets as i have one at home but some recent quality issues from China where the pressure tanks are made in addition to the extra noise guided me to select the conventional flush technology. it should be lower maintenance, quieter, and ours is made in the USA. i'll change the fixture out but i'd like someone with a truck to haul the old POS away.

Dan Houg, Station Engineer
KAXE Grand Rapids - KBXE Bemidji

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