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Which toilet should I choose?

This is a question that has been bothering me for sometime. Now that I have finished tiling, and decorating all the walls and flooring, I’m on the lookout for a new toilet. At first thought, this was going to be simple. However, with the amount of choice on the market, it really can be quite difficult with an overwhelming amount of information with differing brand names, bowl types, flush types and much more.

Should I go for dual flush, or single? A Round or elongated bowl shape? Water saving or standard? These are just a few of the things I am currently taking into consideration and there a few sites out there on the web that are helping me find the top toilets. However, that’s only half the process. I’m also on a tight budget with around $250 to spend, so I can’t really expect to find a top of the range option for that price. I’m still going to be on the look out for the best value however.

Then there is the case of which brand name to go with. There are several respected ones in the industry such as American Standard, TOTO, and Kohler. But finding small differences between them is proving quite difficult as they are all held in high regard among consumers and plumbers each time I have analyzed various toilets from their products ranges.

Next up, after much deliberation, I have decided to go with a dual flush system. I believe it’s the sensible option where you can pick between two differing power of flush that consume two separate quantities of water. This will enable me to do my part for the environment.

Again, despite owning a reasonably small bathroom, I have gone for a elongated bowl over a round. From what I’ve read they tend to focus on user comfort, which is incredibly important to me. Nothing worse than being uncomfortable on the loo.

I will be spending a while longer searching through the many options in the industry, but have certainly filtered it down some by choosing the flush and bowl type thanks to excellent resources on sites like All that remains now is finding the exact product and brand I will choose. Stay tuned for updates on this.



My house is falling apart!

Some of you will remember back in august, my self and David did a show on how a house ages and falls apart over the years. We asked several of our listeners to get in touch to share stories of problematic issues with their homes, and any funny stories associated with that.

Jim, 56, Ohio – It became apparent that something was up when I got up early morning to go to work. The house was definitely colder than what we’re used to, and this is with the heating on! Little did I know, mainly because I don’t pay attention to the news, a storm had come in overnight, and taken part of my kitchen roof clean off. We had been meaning to renovate the whole kitchen with so cupboards, cabinets, lighting and give it a modern decor feeling.

However, as the months and years rolled by, we put it off and currently found ourselves 6 years down the line with no building work done. This has kind of forced our hand, and probably means we will need to finally put our plans into action a get a brand new kitchen installed. Funny how things work out.

Sally, 42, Boston – This is more of a horror story than anything. As a landlord, we rented out our two bedroom apartment to a couple who seemed nice enough. Both had jobs, and we left the apartment in their capable hands, or at least we thought so.

Ten months down the line and a lot of hassle later, we have finally got them out of there, but to my dismay, they have trashed the living area and kitchen. The place was a mess, and as it was my first time doing that thing, it kind of put me off renting out anymore, as I have lost faith in peoples good nature. We did get compensation, and the house is looking even better nowadays with a great looking fireplace, a beautiful counter in the kitchen with great under cabinet lighting and some great art touches hanging on the wall.

Got any stories of your own to share with us? Get in touch!


The back yard and pole saw woes

When we’re not looking at improving the inside of the house, we’re always looking for way to work on the beauty of the back yard. We din’t get a lot of rain in the summer months which caused the grass to be a little dull. We have put some extra seeds down for that to give it a more natural color.

But perhaps the more worrying sight in the yard is the overhangs. I have always had issues with bushes on the right hand side that lean up against the fences, they have some dangerous overhangs that need trimming and pruning. I did have a pole saw in the past but somehow that broke and I’ve been resorting to do these tasks by hand which is extremely time consuming. I have been looking for a new gas powered one or perhaps maybe and electric model, but that’s undecided, and I will probably be looking at some of the top rated pole saws as a durable replacement before I continue trimming said bushes.

Then there is the overhangs on a tree which is getting closer and closer to my windows by the month, which is not only dangerous, but it’s blocking all the sunlight which can be frustrating. We’re not sure if a pole saw would be effective for the tree limbs, and are currently looking for something a bit more powerful, although not quite sure. We do invite our readers to offer some suggestions though, perhaps a chainsaw will do the job, but they are generally more expensive by nature.

Then the final task that needs handling is the flower beds. They are a bit run down and unkempt at the minute, and could do with sprucing up and adding new plants in for extra colors and making the garden area feel more inviting.

In the coming weeks we will be doing a show related to your yard decorations and how you keep things neat and tidy in all four seasons. Hopefully we can get some information from our listeners that will inspire some new ideas with regards to decking,small ponds or waterfalls to bring the whole design out of the stone age, but we will see.


Welcome to the magnitude home improvement radio network

This is my blog related to my radio show, offering plenty of transcripts from the past and present airings. Myself and my colleague, David Wood, have run this show since the late 90’s, and have had plenty of funny stories about home life and our working days in construction and home improvement. We also do our best to provide DIY tips to our listeners. If you have any special request for what to include in our next broadcast, please get in touch with us.

Best bits – Bad days segment
January 6th 1996 – It was a cold winter morning in Boston, however, something that morning forced me out of my home to get the groceries. I was in no mood to leave the warmth of the house, after several catastrophic events that occurred in the household that morning. Including the kitchen sink faucets falling apart, a chair breaking underneath me, and standing on a stapler that had conveniently fallen directly in front of the fridge. But naturally, I needed to go if I wanted to eat.

The day went from bad to worse, when I realized I had gone out with yesterdays shirt on, which had stains from baked beans down the front of it. I was too far away from home by then to turn back, so did my best to cover that up with my scarf.

Most of the shopping trip went by without a hitch. I purchased a fan blower for my top rated wood stove, as well as the weekly food shopping, and some bathroom tiles. I always come back with more than I intended on a shopping trip. So after picking up the last of the items, I decided to head home.

As luck would have it, I got a flat tire. It was then it dawned on me I had put the spare in another vehicle on my property for safekeeping. So there I am sitting in the freezing cold waiting for the breakdown to pick me up.

A truly dreadful day rounded off by picking up a burn when testing the new fireplace components. One I’m hoping to forget too!

Had a worse day than David? Get in touch leaving your number. We want to hear from you. The next segment looks at my DIY adventure, that ended badly. Things could certainly of been better had I followed some tips from This old house.

Best bits – Home improvement failures

I was tasked with fitting several bathroom fixtures, along with assembling a wood burning stove in the living room. It all started out pretty smoothly, which is a first in itself, as it doesn’t normally take me long to mess something up when building or fitting something. I managed to finish a walk in shower, along with dual shower heads, and a fancy new dual flush toilet with a bidet.

The wife was pleased with the work carried out until I accidentally set a piece of her clothing on fire when adding the finishing touches to the fireplace. Turns out it was a expensive top too. But hey, look at the bright side, i’m banned from carrying out anymore work on the house myself.

Have any home improvement fails you would like to share with our listeners? Get in touch.