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Suction-less plunger

A plunger replacement hit the market in June. The New Plunge, by S&K Manufacturing, is a piece of straight, flexible plastic that fits into the toilet drain. According to a press release, the New Plunge is easier to clean and store than a traditional plunger.

S&K recommends the following techniques for the New Plunge:

1. Prior to flushing: New Plunge allows you to prevent your toilet from clogging by using the "slice-and-dice" method on waste so that the toilet will not clog.

Self-lifting toilet seat

ASC Elite Seat automatically returns to the up position and "gets out of harms way" to help keep the toilet seat dry.

Save money with toilet repairs

The Seattle Times recommends fixing a gravity toilet during a bathroom makeover rather than replacing it. Taking care of toilet repairs on your own can help cut costs during a remodeling job, since new toilets can run from a couple of hundred to several thousand dollars.

Dinner bowl

The Toilet Bowl, a unique restaurant in Taiwan goes to extremes with its theme. Not only are the seats real toilets, but dinner is served in the bowl. The picture at left speaks for itself.

Is your toilet ringing?

If you drop your cell phone in the toilet and think you can get away with getting it replaced under warranty, think again. The phone companies are on to you. They're using a special label. with a dot that turns red if it comes in contact with water. One glance and they know it wasn't a random malfunction.

Unusual drain discoveries

Roto-Rooter released their five most unusual drainpipe discoveries in 2005. Just hope you don't have these items waiting for you down the drain.

1. A Vicksburg, MS, crew found a live Civil War cannon shell believed to be from the 1861 siege of Vicksburg.
2. In Greensboro, NC, a crew had to rescue a cat from the sewer.
3. In Bloomington, IL, a plumber removed several GI Joes and Matchbox cars that a young boy sent down the toilet.

Suction-less plunger

A plunger replacement hit the market in June. The New Plunge, by S&K Manufacturing, is a piece of straight, flexible plastic that fits into the toilet drain. According to a press release, the New Plunge is easier to clean and store than a traditional plunger.

S&K recommends the following techniques for the New Plunge:

Self-lifting toilet seat

ASC Elite Seat automatically returns to the up position and "gets out of harms way" to help keep the toilet seat dry.

Clear potty training

The Babywunder Deluxe is a completely clear potty for training toddlers. It's not clear what the advantages are for potty training, but your young one will get immediate feedback on his accomplishment and everyone can fully share in the experience.

Bathroom design

The San Francisco Chronicle had five articles Wednesday on bathroom design:

* Big style in small baths
* Bathing beauties
* Is a big bathtub always necessary?
* Picking a shower can be a dirty task


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