Tuesday, June 26, 2007

How Much is Too Much For A Refurbished Claw Foot Tub?

Sharon from Cleveland Ohio is refurbishing an original claw foot tub. She is having the whole tub resurfaced - the inside, outside, and the clawfoot tub feet, as well as painting the tub aqua. She is being charged $575 for the refurbishing.

Here are a few questions Sharon has, and the answers provided by Allan, our CMO and Senior Plumbing Evangelist.

Q: Aren't all colors equal aside from the standard white? I was told that any color in the green range is more expensive/difficult to deal with. Is that right?
A: I am uncertain if green colors are more expensive than ordinary colors. I have never heard of that before but I am not a paint expert. $575 seems to be a fair price for the job if it's done right and comes with a warranty. We used to give 5-year warranties with our refinished tubs.

Q: I read on another site that you should wax your tub with car wax to seal the surface. Is that right?
A: I would caution against waxing the inside of your tub for obvious safety reasons. The outside can be waxed if you want a deep exterior shine. You want to be very careful with taking care of the interior of your refinished tub. Even using a floor mat with suction cups can pull the refinished paint from the primer when you lift it from the floor of the tub. 
Clawfoot Tub Coasters

Q: I'm not sure if I should be concerned about the tile under the tub. Will the tile crack under the clawfoot tub feet? It has yet to be purchased and installed- is there anything special we need to do?
A: Tile cracking is a concern and I would recommend clawfoot tub coasters, which will even out the weight distribution of the tub against your floor. The coasters will not guarantee that the tile will not crack, but it will reduce the odds of it happening.

Good luck with your tub refinishing and feel free to send us a picture of the tub when it is all done and installed!

Monday, June 25, 2007

The Brady Bunch "The Series without a Toilet"

"Here's the story of a lovely lady...who was bringing up three very lovely girls...."

The Brady BunchAlmost everyone knows the lyrics to this classic family sitcom. I could sing them to you word for word, and the first episode aired sixteen years before I was even born! 

I have two very clear Brady episode memories

  1.  "Ooh! My Nose! (when Marsha's face makes contact with a football, days before the big dance)
  2. "Well, all day long at school I hear how great Marsha is at this or how wonderful Marsha did that; Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!" (I know where you're coming from Jan..I have an older semi-perfect sister myself..hahaha)

However, I bet you didn't know that it was also known for "The Series Without a Toilet" That's right. You might have seen their bathroom many times, but you've never seen their toilet.

Hypothetical Explanation: The Brady's are so wholesome, good, and clean that they didn't use the bathroom.
Truth: They wanted to put a toilet in but the network censors said no.

Although there was no toilet we do hear a toilet flushing. This happens only once during all of the Brady episodes ever aired. 

Fun Fact - The first flush on TV was Archie Bunkers flush on All in the Family.

Here are five more things I bet you didn't know about the Brady Bunch.

  1. The character 'Mike Brady' was ranked #14 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time"
  2. Barry Williams (Greg Brady) is the only Brady kid to appear in every episode.
  3. Originally, both Mike and Carol were going to be divorcees. But then it was decided to make Mike a widower and leave Carol the divorcee.
  4. During the 1st season the theme song wasnt sung by the Brady clan, but by a group called the Peppermint Trolley Company.
  5. The screen door in the Brady's house was neither glass or screen.

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Top 10 Weirdest Toilets

I was amazed as I traveled through internet links that I could stumble upon Oddee Quality Entertainment, which offers a list of the Top 10 Weirdest Toilets. And let me tell you these toilets are certainly entertaining.

I first have to give a shoutout to my employer Vintage Tub & Bath because we actually sell one of these "weird toilets". This just shows how extensive our product selection is. Check out #6 the Dagobert Throne Toilet. If you ever wanted to be treated like a king or a queen this is the toilet for you!

I simply had to pick my top three favorite weird toilets, and I encourage you to do the same.

  1. The Hands-Free Toilet - This is great for a public bathroom; even better if you have a man in the house. This pick is for the ladies who spend a good portion of their time putting the seat back down.
  2. Incinerating Toilet - The name itself classifies it as a top three pick. It involves a heating system and a special purpose coated paper bowl liner. Sounds like a long time for setup. Advise extreme caution for emergency bathroom visits.
  3. The Waterless Toilet - No chemicals, running water, or electricity. This toilet is portable and compact. I hope it comes with some directions because it looks rather complicated. Do not use around pets or small children; they may think it's a toy.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Top 10 Bathroom Moments

Alfred Hitchcock Psycho
Didn't think you could ever combine classic movie moments with toilets, showers, and sinks? Well, think again. Some of the cinema's most thrilling action scenes have taken place in bathrooms.

Joblo's website ranks the top five classical bathroom moments. They include a gangster mob man getting ready for a hit, a group of rebellious teenagers, a shining moment, a beautiful blonde middle-aged woman whose scene still terrifies me, and a pyle of fear.

I never thought bathrooms could contribute to such successful cinematic scenes. Whew, that's a tongue twister!

I hope you enjoy!

What Kind of Toilet Paper Are You?

Ever wonder what kind of toilet paper you are? Neither have we - until now. The World Toilet Organization has a brief quiz that matches your personality with certain types of toilet paper. I took the quiz and found out my personality matches a quilted style of toilet paper (I guess I am just a softie). Other staffers in our office came up with "dead leaves" and "paper napkin". Ouch.

What do I say about your personality?