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Thread: Plunging easier in Round or Elongated Toilets?

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    Red face Plunging easier in Round or Elongated Toilets?

    OK, the Toto sounds like a good replacement for my old American Standard that barely gets down #1.

    Some people have mentioned that rarely plunging is required, and the best technique is to put some water in and plunge with short strokes. Some have also mentioned that the plunger does not fit will on some new toilets and a closet snake is required (which I would like to avoid).

    My point is that most plungers are round and might fit/seal a round bowl better on these rare occasions. So if plunging is required, would it be easier to do in a round Toto toilet or elongated Toto one??
    Or is there no difference in plunger sealing in practice??

    Any advice appreciated before I buy.
    Last edited by bendict101; 01-25-2009 at 01:52 PM.

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    Round or elongated toilets will have no difference in their plunging ability...it the the shape and size of the outlet, not the general bowl shape. A plunger with a pull-out lower section rather than just a cup tends to work. I've had a couple of Totos installed for about 4-5 years now, and have never needed a plunger...
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    Duh! So what's a plunger?

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    Jim is right, The only difference is the seat that you install.

    Nothing else changes.
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    The Kohler elongated toilet I have does not have a round outlet
    The few times I have had to plunge it's been a PIA
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    Hey Dave, are you sure you're plunging the right clog?

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    Just to be accurate:
    It's been clogged BEFORE I do anything
    IE the wife or MIL
    I can't blame the MIL, I like life

    Is there an "elongated" plunger shape instead of the round type?
    Wish I had found this site years ago before I bought the Kohlers
    They are pretty good, clogs come from following cottage rules
    Women just don't understand you can only put so much TP in the bowl before you HAVE to flush
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    I believe the plunger that Terry pictured is the best type.

    That said, the only plugged up Toto Drake I have ever seen had a clogged main line below it.

    Last edited by Terry; 07-31-2009 at 10:58 AM.

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    Smile I have a plunger like the one Terry showed...

    ...but I don't know where it is!!!
    I think it is in the garage gathering dust.
    I LUV my Drake...
    ...and it was only about $250 last July...(including the seat!)

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    Thank you everyone for their thoughful feedback on my question.

    I did install an ellongated Toto Drake over the weekend (with some help of my friend) and the flushing really works great.

    After years (not continuously )of watching that old toilet not do it's job, it is great to not have to worry.

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    I'm sure lots of folks don't believe what many of us keep saying about the Toto toilets. I think we tend to be brainwashed into thinking that the well know name brands must be the best, and who ever heard of Toto outside of Kansas anyway! They assume that clogs are just a normal part of having a low flow toilet and, like you, are amazed when they find that the hype we have been laying out is really true.

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