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Is there a way to know if a toilet will overflow before you flush?

I came back after a few months away to find all the water dried out in my toilet and full of leaves. I am worried that if I clean out all the leaves, and fill the bowl with water again, and try to flush it, it will overflow because maybe there are leaves further in the pipes? [more inside]
posted by Blitz on Jul 13, 2016 - 18 answers

Is this gross?

We live across the street from a city park. There is a porta-pot for park-goers to use directly across from our house. The porta-pot seems to be designed so that the door does not swing shut automatically, meaning the door is often hanging wide open. This grosses me out beyond words. Is it worth continuing to try to get the city to replace the porta-pot? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Jul 8, 2016 - 32 answers

Living with a Badly Placed Toilet

Deeply embarrassed, but need to tap the groupmind for brainstorming on an indelicate subject: using a badly placed toilet for a year's time or more. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jun 4, 2016 - 22 answers

Elder flushing inappropriate objects down toilet?

Can anyone suggest mechanisms to stop an elderly person from flushing inappropriate objects down the toilet? Like, I dunno, a toilet lid that only opens up when you sit on it? Or some DIY thing? (He needs support while walking and transferring, so there'll be another human around when he goes.) [more inside]
posted by Alioth on May 30, 2016 - 10 answers

Bring the best of the world to my home reno!

I'm a Canadian doing a large scale home renovation. I know Japanese-style toilets, and German-style tilt and turn windows, and they're amazing. But what else am I missing? Can you recommend any other game-changing home innovations from around the world that aren't common in Toronto, Canada? [more inside]
posted by evadery on May 24, 2016 - 35 answers

Help needed with constantly filing toilet tank

So in an effort to figure out why our water bill has doubled over the last six months, my wife and I have identified the likely culprit: our toilet. [more inside]
posted by Cash4Lead on Apr 9, 2016 - 18 answers

What are the best toilets?

Have to replace a toilet: what's the best one? [more inside]
posted by saladin on Jan 22, 2016 - 26 answers

Toilet anxiety

Often when I go to urinate - whether in a public or private restroom/toilet/bathroom - if there's someone within hearing distance, I can't go (i.e. urinate) until they've left and I'm alone. I end up standing there as if I'm confused about what I'm there for, no matter how badly I needed to go only seconds earlier. How can I overcome this apparent anxiety? Any tips or tricks for uninhibiting whatever it is that's causing my body to tense up? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Dec 23, 2015 - 28 answers

They say it can't be done: raising the level of water in the toilet bowl

Google says that raising the level of a new 1.6 version toilet bowl (not the tank) cannot be done because the water level is determined by the S-bend design in the porcelain tank. Almost any time I hear "can't be done" it means that "a bit of hacking needs to occur before it can be done". [more inside]
posted by Arachnophile on Jun 29, 2015 - 25 answers

Potty training 3.5 year old son - Why is going number 2 not clicking?

Just recently, I did "potty training bottcamp" for an entire week at my house and successfully pee-trained my 3.5 year old son. But he REFUSES to go #2, but doesn't hold it. I'm cleaning up crappy underwear a few times a day. Helpful tips/guidance/encouragement needed! [more inside]
posted by Sara_NOT_Sarah on Feb 18, 2015 - 37 answers

How can I clean stains caused by cleaning liquid?

I spilled some Kaboom on my toilet seat cover. How can I get the stain out? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Dec 27, 2014 - 7 answers

How do I treat a toilet that won't be used for months?

Toilet not being used for months. How do I keep it from getting gross? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Dec 25, 2014 - 18 answers

Non-shrinking structural resin?

I have a problem fixing a toilet seat, I hope someone here could help. [more inside]
posted by Marky on Oct 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Would you use toilet paper that had a mouldy bit on it?

I'm housesitting and the loo roll (toilet paper) seems to have gone a tad mouldy. I obviously took the moudly bits off and chucked them in the bin but I am now left wondering whether the mould might have left spores in the rest of the loo rool, invisible to the naked eye. [more inside]
posted by mrsh on Jul 28, 2014 - 17 answers

My cat is TPing the bathroom! Help!

My cat keeps unspooling the toilet paper. It is mildly frustrating, not the worst thing in the world but we have tried keeping the bathroom door shut, etc, but I know there are covers for toilet paper holders - I imagine they are for situations like this?? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Jul 2, 2014 - 23 answers

Mystery mark stains seat! Blue butt print upon the tainted throne!

This morning, I was surprised to see the clear imprint of my wife's butt and thighs in a bluish tone on our white melamine toilet seat. Is the actual chemistry known here, and what should we do to avoid this in the future? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 27, 2014 - 19 answers

Flushing a weekly question away

How can I fix my toilet that is acting weird? [more inside]
posted by Liesl on Jun 2, 2014 - 10 answers

Bathroom cleaning hacks for older homes?

I thought I knew how to clean bathrooms? But my new bathroom is a dust-sink, hair-trap, and I can never seem to get the porous white sink, tub, and toilet to appear clean, despite frequent cleaning. Looking for practical hacks or product recommendations from people who have similar vintage or antique bathrooms. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Apr 3, 2014 - 14 answers

How can I ensure that I poo daily?

I don't always poo every day, but I would like to. What should I be eating? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Apr 1, 2014 - 58 answers

Remove demonic* rust/poop stains from toilet bowl?

How to remove rust stains etc. from very dirty toilets? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Dec 17, 2013 - 29 answers

Toilet flush runs constantly after flush...

Hello all. My toilet cistern has developed the extremely annoying habit of continuing to run water into the bowl after a single flush. [more inside]
posted by kev23f on Nov 28, 2013 - 4 answers

Help identify a musty smell in a bathroom?

Our small main floor 2-piece bathroom has had a musty smell for the last couple of months. We can't seem to identify the source and aside from the smell there is no sign that anything is wrong. We had a plumber in and he spotted a very small amount of (orangy coloured) mould inside the toilet tank, but even after cleaning that up with MoldEx the smell has not abated. What could it be? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Oct 29, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me find a bidet/diaper sprayer that works and doesn't leak.

I'm looking for a diaper sprayer for my toilet. I've looked around at diaper sprayers and handheld bidets, but they all have ominous negative reviews about leaking. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Oct 19, 2013 - 18 answers

Holding the dog over the toilet, yes or no.

100% hypothetical question. I saw a tiny dog being walked today who couldn't have weighed more than 10 pounds. I wondered if such a tiny creature had to be walked at all, couldn't you just train it to go when you held it over the toilet, if it was going to remain tiny for its entire life? Please note I'm not planning to do this. I just want to know if it would be possible. I don't have a dog, and I don't want to have a dog, toilet-trained or not. This is just not an easy or quick thing to google because people use "toilet/potty training" to describe general housebreaking. Thanks for any insight you can provide.
posted by bleep on Aug 29, 2013 - 25 answers

Best. Toilet. EVER

I would like to buy an amazing toilet for our home. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Mar 23, 2013 - 20 answers

Which toilet seat/bidet?

I've decided to install a toilet seat/bidet. Which one? [more inside]
posted by Marky on Mar 21, 2013 - 4 answers


My family's house was egged. What can I do, and how should I react? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Feb 8, 2013 - 16 answers

Please help me unclog my toilet of shame

Please help me unclog my toilet of shame [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2013 - 37 answers

Toilet flooded--is there anything I can do about it while I wait?

Maybe I should just bail out some water from the tank or something? Better explanation below. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Jan 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Is there such a thing as a toilet seat pee deflector?

Warning: this question involves icky bodily fluids. Read at your own peril. My (now adult) autistic son if fine with using the bathroom unprompted on his own, but I have one recurring issue for which there must be a solution. [more inside]
posted by Lokheed on Jan 9, 2013 - 11 answers

Drip drip drip...

Why is my toilet making an incessant dripping sound? I think I know which part is the culprit, but I don't know why. [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Dec 7, 2012 - 7 answers

Flooded toilet. Soaked carpet. Apartment. What to do?

Flooded toilet. Soaked carpet. Apartment. What to do? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Nov 5, 2012 - 9 answers

"Man, I need to find a johnny on the spot right now!" "What?"

Is "Johnny-on-the-spot" a common nickname for a portable toilet throughout the US, or it it just a regionalism? [more inside]
posted by zsazsa on Oct 26, 2012 - 65 answers

Why is our toilet drain pipe so incredibly loud?

Plumbing filter: Why is there an incredibly loud noise on the first floor when the second floor toilet is flushed, and can this be fixed? [more inside]
posted by Mallenroh on Oct 26, 2012 - 13 answers

my toilet is talking back to me

After fixing a clog last week, my toilet is making loud gurgling sounds each time it flushes. Can you help me fix it? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Oct 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Cop a squat?

Can a person who has had hip or knee replacement use the SquattyPotty?
posted by mcbeth on Sep 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Have I breathed in something bad for me?

Is my unseated toilet pipe going to kill me somehow overnight? [more inside]
posted by unixrat on Sep 3, 2012 - 11 answers

Non toilet paper cultures

Non toilet paper users, tell me all about your business. Tissues be damned. [more inside]
posted by Trivia Newton John on Jun 18, 2012 - 22 answers

Downsides of Litter Free Household?

I want to toilet train our cat using CityKitty (previously on AskMe). Besides the potential for accidents, what are the downsides that I might be missing? [more inside]
posted by robot vacuum on Jun 10, 2012 - 10 answers

Building a basement bathroom.

Anyone here build a basement bathroom with an up-flush toilet? [more inside]
posted by Marky on May 29, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I talk about something deeply embarrassing?

My husband dribbles on the floor in front of the toilet when he pees in the toilet. I am mortified at the prospect of bringing this up with him, and he is likely to be mortified to hear it. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2012 - 61 answers

Rubber behind the toilet sprung a leak - can I fix it by myself?

Toilet has a rubber piece that sprung a leak - help [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Mar 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Does Buying a Nice Toilet Make Sense when Remodeling Will Occur In The Future?

We desperately need a new toilet to replace our gross one. Your advice appreciated about some logistics. [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Mar 1, 2012 - 21 answers

Why does my toilet hate poop?

I have a rather...sticky situation happening in the bathroom regarding poop and my new toilet. Please help before I die of embarassment! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2012 - 30 answers

Clogging toilet help!

Help me find a toilet plunger that works! [more inside]
posted by Marky on Feb 10, 2012 - 18 answers

Bollywood music video with men dancing while sitting on the toilets in lockerroom

looking for a Bollywood music video that has men dancing while sitting in toilet stalls--the camera is moving around in a locker room or similar setting and it pans across the tops of the stalls and in each one a guy is sitting AND dancing on the toilet. i know there are a MILLION Bollywood music videos, so this may be like looking for a needle in a haystack, but perhaps someone out there may recognize this one--it certainly is a bit weirder than most of them. i saw it on a monitor in an Indian restaurant, but the waiter didn't know anything about where to find it.
posted by cmp4Meta on Jan 7, 2012 - 5 answers

seeds in my toilet brush holder

Mysterious seeds in toilet brush holder. WTF? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Dec 26, 2011 - 14 answers

Help me remove my toilet paper holder!

I need help removing a U shaped toilet paper holder attached to a cabinet in my apartment. Pictures inside!!! [more inside]
posted by devonia on Nov 22, 2011 - 9 answers

Flushed with frustration

What's the best way to replace the toilet seat on a one-piece Kohler toilet? I can't reach the back of the seat mounts -- everything is enclosed. [more inside]
posted by lgandme0717 on Oct 18, 2011 - 4 answers

PlumberFilter: I have turned a big toilet leak into a small one. How can I stop it entirely?

I have replaced the flapper, flush valve, overflow tube, spud washer, bolts, and gaskets. A big leak (spontaneous refilling every 1-2 hours) has become a small leak (2" drop in water level in 12 hours). Now what should I do to make it stop entirely? [more inside]
posted by mausburger on Oct 17, 2011 - 18 answers

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