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Old 10-21-2008, 09:29 PM   #1
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A little over a year ago I moved into a new home with (4) Mansfield toilets. For some reason, these toilets seem to be more prone to clogging than other brands I've owned, like Kohler or American Standard. Why is that?

I'm also having a problem with water stains inside the toilets, especially with the units that aren't used frequently. It almost seems like a poor sealing job on the porcelain. Is this a manufacturing defect or could it be the result of water with heavy minerals?

One thing I've noticed is in the established section of our neighborhood, a lot of curbs have a slight rust stain near the storm drains, apparently from residential irrigation systems. This would lead me to believe that the city supplied water contains high levels of minerals, like iron. Any thoughts?

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Old 10-22-2008, 10:36 AM   #2
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Different brands of toilets have different size discharge holes in the bottom of the bowl. Home Depot had a display of the toilets they sell and listed the dimensions. These went from 1-1/2" up to 2-3/8". This can be one reason for being more easily clogged. Surfaces can also be much different in quality. You want to make sure the trapway is fully glazed for ease of flow when flushing. The porcelain surface may not be as thick or baked on in the same way in all brands. Mineral content in your water can certainly make cleaning more of a chore.

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Old 10-22-2008, 11:21 AM   #3
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Are there any toilet brands you feel have a pretty good cost to quality ratio?
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Old 10-22-2008, 02:18 PM   #4
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I have been installing a lot of American Standard Cadet units. Around $100 and have a large discharge and come with the Fluidmaster 400A flush valve. For an "economy" toilet, I don't get call backs.
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I'm in agreement on American Standard base/economy models. Not a professional opinion, but they've been in almost every place I've ever lived and I've never had a serious complaint. My parents had 4 of them for 30+ years in their house with no serious issues (of course those were monster 5 GPF units). I think one even has all of its original parts in the flush mechanism. Now that's quality.
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I recently replaced a few of the older toilets at my house with Toto drakes. I spent a bit more, and got the 'sani-gloss' finish.

Very easy to clean, and my 14 year old daughter and a half-dozed of her friends haven't been able to clog one yet!

They have a 2-1/8" trapway, and if you change out the factory installed red flapper for a blue one, the flush is much stronger, though it uses a bit more than the federally mandated 1.6 gallons. (I'm expecting a visit from the toilet police any day now!!)

Kinda spendy, but i think it's worth it.

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I love my Toto Toilet. Am I turning into Al Bundy?
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i like my crane/flushmate so much i pulled it from the old house and replaced it with a $42 cheapie before we sold it. -=chuckle=-

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That American Standard Cadet really does the job. my mom clogged her toilet twice a week but not after i put the cadet in.

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