According to Gizmodo it's because porcelain is nonporous, very strong,
durable, sanitary, and, well, it's because that's the way it's always been
Porcelain is HARDER than other ceramics. Glaze would keep stuff from
coming in contact with the porcelain. Before it is fired, porcelain
molded is like compacted baby powder...worked on some porcelain in
ceramics class and cleaning off mold marks was a bugger. Industrial
stuff may have other clays added but it is interesting to work with.
How about a combination toilet and washing machine, which uses the grey
water from the washing machine to flush the toilet:
A lot of things are still done because that is the way it has always
been done. Yet if you think about it, some things should be done
For example bathtubs started out being claw foot and stand alone. The
valves were mounted low because they had to be attached to the tub. But
these days the valves are mounted to the wall. They can be higher up so
you can easily reach them for a shower or a bath. Yet they are still
Why shower heads are mounted at eye level, I don't know? But those can
be mounted higher.
Then electrical outlets are installed every 6 feet. Always been done
that way. But these days you might need to plug in 6 different things in
Like the king's lazy boy chair in the living room. Table lamp, corded
phone, cell phone charger, clock, back massager, etc.
Or where the TV/stereo goes.
On either side of the beds in the bedrooms.
Kitchen counter top outlets.
Etc. It would be best to install 4 or 6 outlets in these areas.
Also we no longer "dial" a phone number, we "push" it!
I installed a "hand held" spray head (dunno what the tech term is).
Spray head on a handlw with a hose back to the where the normal spray
head goes. Did that the first day back from using one when visiting.
Never go without one again.
Also if the layout allows, put an 'assist handle" in front of the
toilet about armslenth ahead of it and about shoulder
height. Amazing assist in getting off the pot. I had to put one up
for mydisabled wife and the first tiem I used it wished that I had
done it 30 years earlier.
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