Not to be mistaken for toilets that talk, although in days gone by some of the old cisterns certainly gushed and gurgled, ‘talking toilets’ is the way to get to the bottom of (no pun intended) the large array of choices you face when selecting a new appliance for your bathroom.
This blog will lead you gracefully through the different style of toilet suites available today, their visual appeals and their plumber-‐oriented specifications.
Come with us on the journey down ‘Loo Lane’ and we’ll do our best to simplify this perplexing choice.
Don’t be fooled by the name, it’s only the cistern (the tank) that’s hidden. The sit-‐upon bit (the pan), fortunately, is visible, but sleek and modern, and ideal for the smaller bathroom. The pan can either sit flush against the wall (wall-‐facing), or be mounted to a bracket (wall-‐hung) saving space and making it easy to clean. The flush buttons do the important job and a neat panel on the wall gives access to the plumber — just in case.
WALL FACED / PEDESTAL PAN
WALL HUNG PAN
CLOSED COUPLED TOILET SUITE
There are no ugly old flush pipes to be seen or cleaned with this traditionally designed unit. Cistern and pan are cleverly joined giving you an attractive suite that will suit most modern bathroom requirements. Below is an old flush pipe loo and these are still available — only more modern than this one!
OLD FASHION FLUSH PIPE LOO
Wall faced toilet suite
WALL FACE TOILET SUITE
This attractive wall-‐faced unit leaves no chance for things to slip down the back, as it’s a solid, stylish suite that sits flush to the wall. Modern and neat, this popular unit is a breeze to clean, and will compliment any contemporary bathroom.
Connector or Link toilet suite
CONNECTOR/LINK TOILET SUITE
This arrangement features two separate pieces — the cistern and the pan — joined by a pipe that’s cleverly hidden by a connector or link, hence the name. These suites are often chosen for renovations because they are flexible in their set-‐out, and can therefore fit into awkward spaces that require custom plumbing.
Some extra bits of information
Many of the above toilet arrangements should be discussed with your renovator as set-‐outs will govern choices. Some are more flexible than others but all toilet suites sold in Australia today have a water-‐saving rating that ensures no more than six litres of water for a full flush and three litres on the half flush. Most of the above units however, can now deliver as little as 4½ litres on a full flush. Nice to know you’re doing your bit for the planet with your new loo!
Here are some specifications for different types of pans.
Specifications for P traps, S traps and Skew traps
The S-trap. This version is the most commonly installed pan arrangement in Australia — the spigot of the trap connects into a floor-mounted collar. The P-trap. Less common, these pans have a horizontal or angled outlet spigot that connects into a pan collar mounted on a wall. The skew trap versions can be found in left or right hand configurations using horizontal, or angled outlet spigots offset at 90 degrees and mounted into a collar on a side wall.
S & P TRAP TOILET
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