Anyone here ever installed a Japanese toilet (not the squatting kind, a combined bidet type), e.g., a Toto "Washlet"?
Any thoughts? (and yes, they are bloody expensive in the UK). "Washloo" are a great deal cheaper, but are they any good?
I don't have an attitude problem. If you have a problem with my
attitude, that's your problem.
Have got the German equivalent - Sensowash. Works ok. Probably illegal
to install except fed from its own header tank which would need to be at
least 10m high. Works alright, fairly durable, perhaps a bit bigger
than the Japanese version (very short front to back) but still a lillte
short for the more ample English person. Quite expensive.
They don't get past the WRAS part of building control, unless as I said
they have their own header tank. But of course this depends on the
plumber (usually) rather than the BCO. Internal electrical safety of a
legally sold appliance (which begs its own question if the CE mark is
dishonest) is not AFAICS part of building control.
I think it just goes to show we have several layers of protection
against shock. Half the world uses showers with bare 220V elements in
the water flow, and it seems quite hard to get a shock from such an
apparatus even with poor design.
Just to clarify, they *work* fine from something like 0.8 bar (from
memory) to 10bar, but the water regs say thay need an air gap, a
non-return valve is not sufficient.
These regulations apply to all of the makes, even if they don't mention
it. Any electromechanical device for providing an air gap has to be
approved by your local water board, and only a few institutional (i.e.
five figure price) type units have approval. I'm using a device
supplied by the makers of Sensowash, but I don't think they are likely
to apply for approvali in the UK. And it's getting a bit late to rely
No, but I have a story about them.
On 9/11/2001 (!) I was in a Tokyo hotel and encountered one for the
first time. It looked like a standard loo but with a control box with
about half a dozen buttons, plus some device under the back rim. I
didn't understand the labels so pushing buttons while sat on the loo
didn't seem wise - so I stood astride the seat and pushed buttons at
random. I can't recall the exact sequence of events but there were
several motor noises and a device appeared from the back of the rim and
started waggling forwards and backwards. Unwisely I pushed another
button and a very powerful jet of water shot out of the waggling thing,
straight between my legs, through the bathroom door and landed on the
bed! Unfortunately I couldn't immediately stop it; I shut the bathroom
door but not before gaining a very wet stripe on the bed.
Getting back to London on the day after 9/11 was slightly "interesting".
No experience of any fancy ones but I've been using a very basic
and cheap cold water spray only toilet seat bidet. It's operated
by a lever fixed to one side of the pan and the water pressure
propels a nozzle downwards to spray from the right
Had it about 10 years now and as a hairy arsed male, it does a
pretty good job of blasting the clingons off.
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