Thursday, May 3, 2012

How To Manually Flush An Automatic Toilet - The Things You Find When You Just Look For Them

A while ago I wanted to leave an answer to a comment on my blog, when my own blog asked me to copy a couple of incomprehensible groups of letters before it would let me.  Now, I understand doing this when I leave a comment on other peoples blogs, since they are full of quality information and a little extra step keeps their comment section from being Spammed to death.  But my blog has very little thought or work put into it, and I consider myself lucky when anyone leaves a comment, so I need for it to be as little work as possible for those commentors.  I knew there must be a way to get rid of this pesky little step, so I started looking for it.  I didn't ask anyone, not even by Googling it, and eventually I found the answer I sought.  I just knew that there was a way.  And what does this have to do with toilets, you ask.  Well last weekend I was in Kansas City and we went out to dinner with a group that included a couple we had never met.  When the ladies went en masse to the ladies room (it's the law, right?), two of us got quite concerned about how long it was taking for the woman who I had never met before to emerge from her stall.  I would never have mentioned it, but the other woman in the room had been a close friend of the tardy emerger since 1st grade, so she asked if there was a problem.  It turns out that this woman (very intelligent and capable) had been standing up and sitting down over and over trying to get the auto flush to work.  She didn't want to leave the stall until she got this to work.  My point, and I do have one, is  - no wait, maybe there is no point to this.  I'll try to remember where I was heading with this point thing in the morning.
**OK, thanks to Terri and Jill, (for some reason I thing Jill of all Trades is actually a Carla), I'm back on point: Most of the time, all it takes is a belief that the solution exists and start looking for it.  There is usually a button of some kind on these toilets.  She just never considered that one even existed.  And I refuse to admit to the huge amount of time I have wasted looking for solutions that I think should exist, but don't.  OK, I will admit that when I got my first ATM card, decades ago, they decided that it was too much trouble to keep issuing me new cards, since I kept trying to get their machines to do things they weren't designed to do.  And pushed a lot of random buttons trying to find the right combination to get them to do what I wanted.  And the machines would get mad (or as mad as a machine could) and shred my card.  Now an ATM card is all I use, and those machine (the ones that count your money for you) are so much smarter. 

13 comments:

  1. there was no auto flush on this toilet? I know the ones we have on campus creep me out--as I always imagine they are taking pics of our bums, but at least I can manually flush them if necessary. A few of them sound like rockets taking off.

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  2. Oh goodness. I think there is a tiny little black button.

    On my comment thing I but it where I have to approve the comments first. They go through but if I don't like well, DELETE! LOL!

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  3. Hi Terri - Thanks for the nudge - that was my point: That if she had any faith in modern engineering, she would have at least been looking for the button to autoflush. She just never considered that one even existed. I hate how they splash all over stuff. And I have been told that there are websites and private collections of pictures taken by hidden "toilet camera" hidden by sickos.

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  4. Hi Jill - Thank you, too. That's the point: There was a solution if you just believe there was and started looking around.
    Lots of blogs use the approval feature like yours. Very smart option. But like I said, I'm lucky any of you terrific people leave any comments at all. I am actually tempted to leave some of those spam ones up, when they don't include an unknown link. Tempted - heck, I actually have left a few.

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  5. Toad gave some very easy instructions for removing passwords from your blog. I checked, but I didn't have them to start. I wouldn't ever put them on unless a lot of spam comments made it through the filter...very rarely happens.

    http://to-the-manner-born.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/please-make-change.html

    I had no idea there was any other way to flush a public toilet. I have fiddled with the contents of the tank at home when necessary, but I must admit I wouldn't assume such a thing was possible with the automatic ones. I should have more faith in these things...except I've never needed a back up method to date (touch wood).

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  6. Beryl - actually, you don't have a password requirement on this blog either...would that more people were so sensible!

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  7. Hi Shelley - I don't how it happened, but a while ago a password requirement suddenly showed up for leaving me comments. Since I hadn't added it, getting rid of it was pretty confusing, but I did it within a day. There are blogs that I love that have these requirement, but they are great blogs. I think your way of doing it is a good way, approval before publishing.
    I'm lucky with the auto flushes, but my problem is with the auto faucet, since most operate based on bone density, and mine aren't the thickest. And I have never found a little black button to turn the water on. In few airport bathrooms, I have asked someone to get it started for me.

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  8. Hi Beryl, you discuss two interesting things. First, I hate the automatic flushing toilets! The problem I have is they flush too fast, before I can even get everything "fixed" and ready for it to flush. Then I have to look for the button and flush again. (And the automatic water is hateful, too; like you, can never get it to start.) Then the hateful old letters one has to type to leave comments. Who can read them? I sometimes have to try several times to get them. I was so ignorant about blogs, that I suppose I put that as a requirement for leaving a comment on mine and didn't even realize I did so. And I didn't know you could remove it either! Thanks for the info!

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  9. Hi Sanda - I think that at a certain point Blogger put the verification letters as a requirement on all new blogs. I wish I remembered how I got rid of them and I would tell you, but I would just Google for an answer. Good luck!
    I didn't even go into how fast those toilets flush, but I so agree. That was probably the reason I found those buttons in the first place. Do you have low bone density? That's what my doctor told me was why I had problems with the auto faucets.

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