What year bathroom? Anyone do these pull chain toilets?

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Old 07-06-13, 08:35 PM
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What year bathroom? Anyone do these pull chain toilets?

Maybe I should have put this in general chats....


This was a nightmare and how I spent the past two days.. I did the rough three weeks ago and was a little leary to take on this job since I have not set a claw ft tub in 20 years. Just finised today...No a/c and 94f out...Humid...

Pedestal sink no issue.

Toilet???? Never. Never in the life of me would I put something like this in a home... Possibly you old timers may enjoy it...


With that said it came out OK. Escutcheon issues mainly because homes stores have #$%$ and could not get to plumbing store. I was in the boonies. Need splits for the tight tolerances. Was worried about alignment for the tub waste and supply's....

Anyhoo anyone install these? I put the tank on the wall at the height of the tube. I think I was supposed to cut it. The water line was too short.... Yes I read instructions but they were written in the moron language.

Tips or tricks for claw foots and these toilets would be appreciated...She gave my # to all her friends and now I am scared.....

Oh I know the water pipe is off. I think I was supposed to cut off that offset down by the valve and use a flex, semi rigid chrome supply that was supplied..... That was my last connection and I just wanted to get out of there..... Ugggg...

Makes me feel unprofessional when I think of my mistakes after the fact..... Actually I think I roughed the toilet valve off to the left too far.... ( Yes did not read the rough for that... Live and learn)

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Oh here is the ceiling....

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And although 1930 sears craftsman house her tastes are authentic...

1860 couch.... ( Lincoln sat on it....LOL) I'm sure it could tell story's... actually I dont know who sat on it... I did not... Looked uncomfortable.

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Well, it all certainly looks nice. I haven't seen a claw foot tub or a chain toilet since Brooklyn in the 50s. My aunt had them. As plumbing codes changed, I believe that the original chain toilets no longer complied since the water didn't clean under the rim. It just went straight down the hole. The tank might have been a little lower but I don't trust my memory to say for sure. Also, I think the tanks were wood.
 
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Possibly you old timers may enjoy it...
I am (old), and I did (enjoy it)!
I recall first seeing one of those pull chain toilets in my grandparents' house, and later on (college age) in a somewhat seedy bar in Newark. Of course, there is the scene in the Godfather movie!
 
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I thought about the Godfather movie too. That was the only other time I saw one of those since the 50s.
 
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Mike, other than the toilet supply line being skewed, it all looks good. I know, you skipped school on "conduit bending" day Two more 90's and a short stub and it could be plumb with the waste line.

My grandparents jumped right over from outhouse to indoor low boy toilet. I remember the outhouse at 2am through the chicken yard. Then one visit......indoor plumbing!!! They were so proud. No hot water, but water nonetheless, and only to the kitchen sink and bathroom
 
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I'm not a kid and I am a board member of a local historical museum but for the life of me I don't understand why anyone would want that ugly crap in their bathroom.

Just my opinion.
 
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for the life of me I don't understand why anyone would want that ugly crap in their bathroom.
You make me laugh Joel... I agree....

If your a member of a historical group what do they do on bath renos????

What about the couch???? I cant believe no one commented on that...

But not the point of my post. My point was we have come along way with fixtures and cant understand why people go backwards in time.... This crap is a PITA period....

Just my opinion...

History repeats itself????
 
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If the couch had a plastic covering, I would have said that the owners are Italian.
 
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Let me see if I can find some pictures of the washroom in the museum. They are on the Internet but it might take me a couple of days.
 
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"Sofas" of the day weren't made for couch potatoes, and weren't supposed to be comfortable. They were used in parlors for "dating" purposes. You would sit, talk, sip tea or Southern Comfort , and wile away the time. Yeah, we've come a long way, but look at the craftsmanship on that sofa. If it was really from that period, remember there were no, or few, power equipment items, and most of it was hand made, hand turned. It would be an awesome feat even with today's tooling.
 
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