What ever happened to COLORED Toilet Paper?
In the 50's and 60's it came in almost every color. I remember pink,
yellow, green, and blue. I also remember it printed like hundred dollar
bills. I have not seen it sold in many years, all they sell now is
Yeah, my house was built in '78. Upstairs was blue, downstairs was
yellow. Two years ago we gutted both and did them first class with
modern colors, (mostly white) ceramic tile, etc. Took the tub out and
made a big shower, lots of ceramic tile.
I have one of those prefab one-piece jobs, it would look better if I did
what you did but there are times when I want to take a bath (as cramped
as it is for a full grown man). I remember passing on some homes when I
was shopping for mine 10 years ago because it only had a shower stall.
The tiny bathroom is my least favorite feature in my little 3-bedroom
home but I live with it. What the builder should have done was put the
bathroom in the smallest bedroom instead. I'm sure not in a position to
do a major renovation like that.
I don't know (or care) about the resale value. It would not appeal to
someone that has kids that want to splash in a tub, but would have a lot
of appeal to those that only shower. One is 60", the other 48" with
high quality everything.
We plan to be here the rest of our lives so I won't care if the house
sells for a hundred bucks.
I have one of those bathtubs, maybe. It looked fine before I bought
the house, and afterwards, until I used it. IIRC, I even lay down in
it when I was checking out the house, but it wasn't enough.
The upper corner of the built-in tub went right into my back.
It was a bad first year. I must have complained because someone
bought me an inflateable neck pillow with suction cups, meant for a
bathtub, but it wasn't good.
What worked was foam rubber. I got a piece 4" thick, with length
the width of the tub, and whose width was (I'll measure it if you want
to know but) roughly 12". 4" was the dimension of the rear ledge of
the tub. I cut the lower half, half-way thick, 2", and cut about 6"
in from each end so that the lower half would curl forward, to cushion
me all around. I left the top half as it was, and it sat on the
horizontal rear of the tub.
Having the bottom turned out to be a mistake. The water woudl drain
quickly out of the foam, except for the bottom inch or two. That
would sit, wet, against the tub, for a long time before it dried out.
I forget but maybe if I took a bath every day, it never dried out. And
weeks or months later when I looked underneath there was damage.
My friend is certain I can just rub it off with Bab-o (hasn't
scratched yet), but he is always certain. I think there is damage to
the ?porcelain?, so I bought a kit, but I know it will actually look
worse when repaired, becuase it won't be the same version of white,
and I've never done it. Plus I think I should try the Bab-o.
For the top half, I cut out a piece the shape of a piece of caneloupe,
still leaving it everywhere 2" thick or more, so I can lay my head
By golly the tub has been comfortable ever since.
I cut off the bottom when I saw the problem.
An electric knife for cutting roast beef works fine for cutting foam.
A regular knife is not good at all in comparison.
Every 5 or 8 years, the foam is bad or disgusting and I buy new.
The first 10 years of my life, our bath was surrounded by linoleum or
something similar, but it was coming up at a bottom corner and plaster
was crumbling a teeny bit at a time into the tub. So my mother
wouldn't let us have showers, which would wet the wall. I don't
think she liked baths anyhow, so it was no sacrifice for her. Her
house when she was young had an outhouse and I never asked how she
took a bath, but I suspect she had no shower at all.
In NYC and maybe elsewhere for many years, bathing at home was
illegal, because people used a big washtub and filled it with cold
water and hot water from the stove, and this was so much effort that
more than one person used the water one after another, and this spread
disease. In tenements, people would hang the big washtub outside the
The next 15 years were not a problem but after that came 6 years in an
apartment building owned by a guy who claimed he was a plumber, but
didn't know how to run the water supply in the 6-story aparment
building. Even after I went to the library and found a page that
explained it, and sent it to him, he still couldn't handle it.
So when people in my line, and probably elsewhere too, flushed the
toilet, with a flushometer that uses a large rush of water (no tank)
it would lower the cold water pressure and make a mixture of cold and
hot water burning hot. OTOH, if you turned the hot water down to
match the cold water when pressure was low, the water was usually too
cold, for a shower. So that led to more baths.
BTW, because the building was over 5 stories, and maybe especially
because it was on a hill, Clinton Hill, the cold water used a
combinatoin tank, water pump, and air pump. Water would be allowed
to enter the tank until it was maybe 2/3rds full Then the air pump
would run until the tank was pressurized, and when a toilet was
flushed, the air pressure pushed water through faster and kept the
pressure normal. Periodically the water would absorb the air and
more would have to be pumped in, but it all ran automatically.
Maybe it was giving a problem, but I think he probably didn't
understand what the air pump was for, and he turned it off. After
that, top floors had inadequate pressure if someone flushed a toilet.
In the first house we had, the bathroom was bigger than either of my
smallest 2 bedrooms out of 3. There was a big space in the middle of
the room. The floor was linoleum, with a complicated design, not a
pattern, a diamond of a different color in the center and two
seahorses facing each other inside the diamond. It kept me
interested all the time until we moved that I sat on the toilet.
I've been in a 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom mobile home. One of the bathrooms
was really big and had a tub big enough for 2 people.
The third bedroom was much smaller than that bathroom. The home owner
used it an an overflow closet.
I sort of thought that when our house was built in the 30's or 40's,
they hadn't thought of making bathrooms smaller yet. That there were
loads of converted bedrooms when indoor plumbing was invented or
became common. So that this was just the size of a smallish standard
We had a tiny powder room off the kitchen too, but I found out from my
mother 30 years after we moved that my father had that put in, and it
was so small because it was the space for it had to be carved out of
the kitchen. I thought the house was built that way.
The colour that's in fashion doesn't magically become better looking. Are people really this stupid?
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On Sat, 02 Jul 2016 18:33:06 +0100, "James Wilkinson"
It does to people who care about what's in fashion. And that
includes many people who haven't noticed or who even deny they care
about fashion. It's human nature.
It's not about smart or stupid. Taste is rarely if ever about that
and "better looking" is in the eye of the beholder. It's an aspect of
taste. And taste is affected by what's in fashion.
And I'll bet that's true for you too. Do you ever watch movies from
the 20's, 30's and 40's? Do you find the female stars very, very
attractive. In most of the movies made then -- not the message
movies or war movies (unless there was a French girl, a USO girl, or a
girl back home), those women were very, very attractive to the male
viewers of the time. (That's why they were chosen.) But they aren't
viewed that way now.
Did women evolve to be more beautiful in only 70 years? No. 70 years
is not enough for evolution to make much difference. But their hair
styles, their make-up, including their lipstick and their eye-brows,
and their clothes are of a different style now and it's the style most
men prefer. I think it's mostly hair, and secondarily clothes. And
by clothes I don't mean that today's clothes are less modest. Even if
they are wearing equally modest clothes, someone in today's fashion
(except when that included a midi- or maxi-skirt or a sack dress, and
I suppose other styles that individuals actively dislike) will look
better to most men. Maybe even you.
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