Tech: Little Things

For 20 years I kept trying to get my old rowhouse toilet to work properly. Finally The Wife replaced the whole toilet, against my wishes. I must admit, the new one is superior in every way.

One feature I appreciate every day – I should say every night – is the slow-close lid. You just slap the lid and it lets itself down gently onto the toilet, without a sound. Very simple and really clever.

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A Correspondent Replies:

We bought a lid like that a few years ago and have only one problem with it.

When we visit family or friends, we find to quite shocking when we “slap the lid” in places that haven’t heard of the new-fangled slow closer toilet seats.

Be careful not to wake the dead at three in the morning!

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