Monday, June 8, 2015



I laughed at myself when using the toilet in Lowes the other day. I reached down for the flush handle.


We have lived full-time in our motor home now for over 13 years.  The above commode is like ours in the RV.  I is much more efficient than the commode in your non-rolling home. Our commode usually had a couple cups of water in the bowl. To add more water you reach down and pull up that handle. To flush our commode you step on that lever or push it down with your hand. As it flushes it also adds water, but only about half as much as the commode below.  The draw back is if the lever is held down too long you tend to bet an odor, therefore the fast-flush.

Most important about the above is it is WONDERFUL when you are stuck in traffic on the Atlanta Beltway.


Most of you know that the water in your commode has two purposes, to allow a liquid to aid when flushing waste. The other reason is to trap the sewer smell from rising from your sewer lines. With the liquid always in the ‘trap’, you do not get the smell. The same idea of the traps (the snake-looking pipe) under your vanity and kitchen sink. It is called a trap because it traps the sewer smell from rising out of the device.


The above device is a portable commode. It works on the same principle of the RV toilet.  We used one of these for a few months once.

It is a fact, although not the most pleasant subject, commodes will be a part of your life once you are ‘Potty-Trained’.  The one below is what most of us Seniors dread.


Either one of the above beats the outhouse, that some of us have known.  I can even remember when folks bragged about having ‘indoor plumbing’.


(Of course some of you may remember the slop-jar)

So when you set on your throne, remember the only thing between you and a very nasty sewer smell is 1/2 half gallon of water.AAAAAAA

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If this works I have my Live writer back…

Don’t you just love modern conveniences!


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Now if you have ever been stuck in traffic at the wrong time you could appreciate the ones below.




betty said...

I didn't know that about the water keeping the sewer smells from coming up. Learned something new every day! The way our toilets are designed here where we are living is there is a button on top to flush it. Took a long time to get used to that, kept reaching for the lever on the side :)


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I never thought about that water either and am thankful for it. I guess I'm also thankful I don't have to use an outhouse. I have in long gone days of the past as my grandparents had one. We do have to be thankful for the little things in life. They do make a difference.


I have used an outhouse, slop jar, portable commode, senior and modern toilet in my life, but never an RV one. I appreciated you explaining the inner workings of them. When we used the portable one we put some kind of liquid in it to neutralize the odor. Toilets should never be taken for granted.

Jimmy's Journal said...

Oddly enough, I never went to the outhouse in a one-seater. My Alabama and North Carolina kin must have been high rollers 'cause they all had two seaters.

The one I remember most was at my Uncle John's farm outside of Birmingham, because it had a wasps nest in the roof corner. Always scared the s.... out of me (No pun intended).


Paula said...

Thanks for Plumbing 101. I've always wondered what a person would do if you needed one of these in one of those long traffic jams. I hope I never need to find out.

Mevely317 said...

Hahahaha! I'd always heard of a trap, but never paused to question what it meant. Like so many so-called 'modern' conveniences I take for granted. Until something goes wrong!

Those last few pictures are a panic!

Rick Watson said...

It's always educational visiting you Jack:)

Lisa said...

You just wrote a whole blog post on Commodes. LOL your so funny. Gotta love the RV toilets and the "fast flush" LOL. We do not travel in ours so before we close it up and leave, we dump and clean it out then add two gallons of water to the tank along with deodorizer.
Safe travels