Diy Bathroom Toilet

The DIY Bathroom Toilet or WC Project

DIY bathroom toilet projects are likely to relate to repairs and maintenance, although you might find yourself fitting a new toilet as part of a remodeling exercise. For example, a DIY bathroom toilet project might relate to repairs of the cistern, unblocking the drain that leads from the toilet, or to other leaks that happen due to everyday wear and tear. But if you're thinking of installing a new toilet, it is best to ask a plumber to help with your DIY bathroom toilet project to make sure that the pipes and drains are correctly built and fitted.

We also call toilets water closets (WCs), lavatories or loos, and we sometimes plumb them into separate rooms rather than into the bathroom itself. Whatever we call them, and wherever we locate them, toilets are appliances that we use to catch and then flush away human waste down specially constructed drains. They are all essentially glazed ceramic bowls that we position securely on a wall or on the floor, or against a wall. The water that flushes the toilet usually comes from a cistern behind the toilet, although some toilets are designed to flush directly from the water supply pipe.

Before you start any type of DIY bathroom toilet, you need to distinguish between two different mechanisms that toilets use:

Wash-down systems, and
Siphonic systems.

Wash down systems use the force of the flushing water to clean the toilet bowl. This type of toilet has either a P-trap or S-trap through which the waste flows. It also has a cistern.

Siphonic systems, on the other hand, empty the pan using suction that refills the toilet bowl with clean water as it empties. Siphonic-type toilets have two traps. When we flush the toilet, a siphonic action is setup between the two traps thus removing the contents of the bowl.

The other differentiation you need to make between different types of toilets also relates to the flushing mechanism. In Victorian times people used toilets that had a high-level cistern that relied on gravity to release the water needed for flushing. To flush, you had to reach up and pull a chain, which is why people still sometimes ask if you have 'pulled the chain' rather than whether you have 'flushed the toilet'. Traditional style toilets are still made with a cistern that is positioned high up and attached to the toilet by a visible pipe, even though the parts are modern.

When the flushing system of toilets was improved and we didn?t have to rely on gravity any more, low-level toilets were introduced. This type of toilet has a cistern that is joined to the toilet by a much shorter pipe. We flush the cistern by lowering a lever or handle that is attached to the cistern and which activates the flush valve.

Close-coupled toilets have a toilet bowl and cistern that connected directly to one another. They have pipes that are concealed and they are quieter because the water doesn't have far to travel when you flush. But they are more expensive and it can be more difficult to clean the pan properly.

The best advice is to familiarize yourself with your own particular toilet type before you start working on a project that involves what will become your own DIY bathroom toilet.

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