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The Bellinghman
Date: 2008-02-29 10:46
Subject: Most bizarre request from a colleague today
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"Can I take your toilet home with me today?"
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User: ms_cataclysm
Date: 2008-02-29 14:29 (UTC)
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eek !!!!!!
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User: bellinghwoman
Date: 2008-02-29 17:42 (UTC)
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We should point out that it is a brand new one that has never been plumbed in - it needs to have a plinth made for it before it can be connected, and the request came from the partner of the person who is organising the manufacture of the plinth :-)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2008-02-29 17:47 (UTC)
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And it has now been collected.
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User: silly_swordsman
Date: 2008-03-01 00:15 (UTC)
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I brought a toilet over from Sweden when I moved here. At that time, it was a bog standard (ahaha) model in Sweden. Slim tank, straight sides at the bottom covering the waterlock so no crevices to clean, dual-action pushbutton flush.

It was a lot cheaper there, too, especially when you consider that the state of the art in UK DIY stores boasted about "low tank" as a selling feature.

However, I forgot to consider the difference in building methods. In Sweden, the whole water/heating/ventilation/waste/electricity system is considered when designing a house (yes, even cheapo terraced houses), and they're built with everything fitting together. In England, one lot of workers do the shell. Another do the plumbing. Yet another the electricity. If you're lucky, someone does the central heating. But they don't talk to each other, and don't leave room for one another.

Which is why plumbing isn't built into the walls, for instance.

Which is why the outlet from the toilet doesn't go down into the floor, but out the back and sideways.

Which is why I still have that neat Swedish toilet sitting in the garage.
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