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I know that this sounds alittle nuts but I am in a PANIC at the thought of replacing my old 20+ year old comfortable toilet with a teenie, little water saver toilet which is all that is available today. I have C and D with my IBS and often just go alot(everytime I write this I cant believe I am doing so but this is the place to do it). I find that I am more able to be sucessful when my legs are at a certain angle/pitch. I find that the new commodes are all rather low, I have measured the distance from the floor to the top of the bowl of my toilet and there is a difference of up to several inches as compared to new plumbing. I feel to low to the ground to be comfortable. In fact when I am C, if I am not home I have "shy bowels" and can't go anywhere except my own ugly blue potty. I might have a measure of sucess if the height is the same. We had to replace the toilet in our 2nd bathroom and I hardly ever use it. I've tried getting thicker seats to add more height but it just doesn't cut it. I have e-mailed Kohler and American Standard and they have given me several models that they suggest. I have gone to showrooms where the toilets are set up and sat on them, sometimes to wierd looks from others, and I don't care. At the Home Depot the person in the toilet department wanted to know why I cared how tall the toilet was, and thought I was very strange. My husband was with me and said it was for his handicapped mother. The elongated toilets are actually a good height, but present another problem as I feel like I'm going to fall in. I'd be willing to travel quite a distance and intend to keep looking till I find what I want. Maybe I could get an older model toilet in some other state. This entire dilema has made me very anxious, I was wondering if anyone else has such an anxiety or neurosis. My husband has promised me that I can keep the old faithful commode untill I find what I'm going to be happy with.------------------Nancy
 

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First of all, why do you need to replace old faithful? Have you tried any building supply recycle stores, recycling centers, or even flea markets? Also, if there are any building demolitions going on near you, quite often they sell the fixtures off to the public. Nothing wrong with getting a second hand one....it's easily scrubbed clean...and usually they are like new when they're being sold anyway. Check apartment buildings too....they just replaced our toilet with a new low-flush one, though the old one was practically brand new. There are some old ones hanging around in storage, I guess just in case one's needed in an emergency...and you're right, the old ones are higher. Good luck.....and have you considered putting your old faithful out to pasture as a flower pot?
 
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I don't want to replace my toilet, but we have to take it off the floor to retile, we are in the process of remodeling the bathroom. It is so old that I know that it is going to be hard to get off the nuts that hold it down without breaking it. Just in case that happens, (my husband cracked the 2nd one downstairs-it was the EXACT same toilet as upstairs, 8 years ago when we moved here)I want an acceptable replacement waiting in the wings. Actually I was between clothing runs (apt-new house) pulled into my new street, into my new driveway only to see a big blue toilet sitting in the front yard. That was a terrible day! We also had a problem with the sewer line from our house to the street, it all backed up (SH-T)into our downstairs shower. It was not a very nice housewarming! My husband will not to this day use the same scent of air freshner that he used that day, Glade Potpourri. Thankfully he cleaned it all up,he is an OR nurse and has made an art out of mouthbreathing to avoid odors. My sister-in-law has the SAME toilet as old faithful in white in her xtra bathroom. I just used it last weekend while attending a birthday party for her son. I wish she and her family didn't care about such things,(they probably don't) I'd be happy to buy her a new one of her choice. I don't think I could ever ask her without having her think I'm totally nuts, though she knows about my IBS troubles. My husband said he'd ask her, but I will be embarrassed to the max. It would be great if she said yes! Thats a great idea about demolitions sales, etc. I'll have to check estate sales and the like. When I die I would like my headstone to be in the shape of a toilet. In my case it will be very fitting. ------------------Nancy
 

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I'm just the opposite. I'm pretty short, so I have a hard time getting my feet to reach the floor. I also have shy bowels and try only to go at home (but, during D swings, oh well). At home I have one of those cushioned seats and I use a small step stool to get my feet higher. It has two steps, and during the really painful bouts I put my feet on the higher step so my knees are really bent. It seems to help me get it going!
 
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