Feb
10
2012
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Why are there so many words for “toilet”?

dunniesThe numerous words for “toilet” arise because: There are various types of toilet, many of which have distinct names, Some people don’t like to allude to bodily functions by referring to a toilet by name, so many euphemisms have been devised, and The colloquial names for toilets are often regional, so different places use different [more...]

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Nov
04
2009
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Did Someone Named Crapper Really Invent the Toilet?

Crappers' Toilet Patent -- 1893 (PD)http://v3.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/originalDocument?CC=GB&NR=189311604A&KC=A&FT=D&date=18930715&DB=EPODOC&locale=en_EP Did Someone Named Crapper Really Invent the Toilet? You've heard the story…right?  An Englishman by the name of Thomas Crapper invented the toilet.  In so doing, he not only put the world on the path to modern sanitation, but he also generously contributed the word crap to the English language. True story? Only partly. [more...]

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Mar
03
2009
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How can I check that my plumber can install gas?

A leaking gas pipe. Is your plumber registered to install gas equipment? (photo by James Cridland CC-BY)A leaking gas pipe. Is your plumber registered to install gas equipment? (photo by James Cridland CC-BY) If you are looking for a plumber to carry out work on a gas boiler or other gas installation in your home in the UK, then from 1st April, by law, you must ensure that they are qualified [more...]

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Dec
28
2008
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Should the hot tap (faucet) be on the right or left of the cold tap?

Graffiti Tap (photo by Glutnix - CC-BY)There are two standard ways to decide on which side to mount the hot tap. I suggest you enquire locally as to which is in use in your area. The first approach is to always put the cold tap (cold faucet) on the right and the hot tap on the left. The reasoning behind this [more...]

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