Left handed toilets?

We had been having trouble with one of our toilets water valve making lots of noise. It sounded like a jet taking off. I assumed it was getting ready to explode. Since I had gotten knocked off-line after writing a long mail, I thought I might as well tackle this job since I was already pissed off. It seems I get pissed off when I do plumbing because I am not a plumber and usually have to do the job twice.
I went to the toilet that I was going to work on to get a "look-see" of what I was going to need. It appeared that the water shut-off valve was down on the left, also the fill-tube connection was on the left. I also noticed that the flush lever was on the left. I went to the other 2 bathrooms in the house and all were the same. I can't remember ever seeing another type, or what I call "right-handed".
I never really paid much attention to this before, but since I am old and arthritic, I have to decide IF I want to tackle this job. 20 years ago I wouldn't have hesitated. I decided that since I have 2 other toilets, I don't have to have this done in one day. I looked at the connections and found out I only needed a 1/2" wrench and a pair of water pump pliers. Could it be that easy?
I shut off the water supply valve and flushed the toilet to expel the water that was in the tank. I soaked up what little water remained and disassembled the fill unit. So far I have dripped a drop. My wife will be happy!
After taking the fill tube and fill valve out, I went down to the hardware store to get a new one. They didn't have the same kind as I have. Just my luck! I asked the clerk if the new "fits-all" valve would work. He praised them, so I bought it.
After opening it up, it looked extremely simple to install. There were a bunch of parts that didn't look faniliar to me. My wife said to read the directions. To her surprise, I did and am glad of it, since most of the parts weren't needed for my type of hook-up. I probably would've tried to make all the parts fit. :-)
After twisting my body in ways that I haven't done for many years, I got everything hooked up and working great. It was a piece of cake and no leaks.....so far. :-)
Anyway, does anybody know why everything is on the left? All 3 of my toilets are close to the walls, tub, or vanities. I would think that since most people are right-handed, they would want everything on the right. It would even be easier for me to flush it if the lever was on the right, even sitting down giving a "courtesy flush". I am even right footed and in public restrooms I normally use my foot to flush.
Reaching around, over and under the toilet, getting my useless left hand and arm out of the way so the right hand can do the work, would've been much easier had the supply valve and fill-valve were located on the right.
What are your thoughts?
Hank
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Maybe the handle is on the left since right-handed people, the most common, might have a dirty right hand
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Hank wrote:

You may be on to something. I've seen a couple with a push button on top of the tank, but never on the right.
Some sort of conspiracy, you ask me.
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On 11/7/2011 12:14, Hank wrote:

Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act you can now find toilets with flush levers on either side. They may be special order or some models may be reversible with a filler plate on the opposite side.
As for why on the left, my guess would be that traditionally the left hand is used for "unclean" activities.
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wrote:

If you hit the lever while seated, you'd use your right hand.
FWIW, most of the toilets (maybe all?) I've encountered in Europe were right handed. The bowls are of poor design though. They have a very small water pool on the bottom and are more prone to streaking. They always have a brush next to them, in homes and public places.
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On Mon, 7 Nov 2011 12:14:46 -0800 (PST), Hank wrote:


In the Southern Hemisphere they are right-handed.
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Went to vote today and then went to a restaurant for breakfast. My wife went to the restroom and came back and told me the flush lever was on the right side (as you face the toilet). She knew I had been pondering this and she just wanted to torture me.
I went to the mens, same thing. The water valve wa on the left tho. Maybe I just never paid much attention until I had to work on one.
I must be getting Altzheimers. Well, maybe only Halfheimers.
Hank <~~~~ trying to figure out if it was the wife or the kids that made me Half crazy :-)
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Everyone I've seen is on the right. Think of the way vehicles are referred to, left or right side. Think about how when you order a door, for the swing, you put your back to it.
I think what you actually want is a left handed mechanism, so when you face the toilet, it's on the right.
I can hear the arguments now!
Why do people stand up b/4 flushing? Do they look in the bowl? Gross!
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Curt wrote:

So they can wipe their backsides and easily toss the toilet paper into the bowl before flushing of course.
And...
Because some men's balls hang so low that the bowl's water level may touch them if it rises much during the flush cysle. DAMHIKT
Jeff
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On Tue, 08 Nov 2011 12:07:45 -0500, jeff_wisnia

Surely, you've seen this product http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/766637 /
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Not every day, but your doctor will tell you that you should look once in a while and not the color. Very dark can indicate blood in the stool and serious problems.
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