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    I was in my office, or reading room, reading the new P&M Magazine and came across an add by Acorn Vac talking about a water closet that only needs a gallon per flush. It has peaked my interest so I went over to their site and started reading the material. They have given many examples of how their system has already been installed. The water closets are being marketed by them for prisons and such, they also have a couple other ideas for Super Markets for condensate drains.

    My question is have any of you come across this system yet?

    http://www.acornvac.com/

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    The only place I have heard of them being used is in prisons, although they might have been installed on some cruise liners. The mechanics of them would probably be too expensive to install and maintain unless you had an inhouse maintenance crew.

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    Here are some that can flush with just a pint, and they even have full-sized porcelain bowls!

    http://www.sealandservices.com/VacuFlush%20Intro.htm

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    My favorite place to read P&M is in my reading room or bathroom.
    I just post cuz I like to see my avatar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingsotall View Post
    My favorite place to read P&M is in my reading room or bathroom.
    My reading room / bathroom is full of trade magazines. I get on all their mailing lists so I can feel impotent. I mean important. But seriously I like reading them to see what is new out there, tips and tricks, and what others are doing in the industry, oh and to be called a moron for not charging enough for my services.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewerRatz View Post
    Oh and to be called a moron for not charging enough for my services.
    I actually had a customer tell me that we charged less than another company she had called for a quote to change out a water heater the other day...

    I'm having a tough time deciding whether I liked being a cheaper plumber or, doing the job...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redwood View Post
    I actually had a customer tell me that we charged less than another company she had called for a quote to change out a water heater the other day...

    I'm having a tough time deciding whether I liked being a cheaper plumber or, doing the job...
    I had one ask us how much to unstop her water closet. When the plumber told her our starting price, she called him every name in the book and told him to do things to himself that he can only do if he is well endowed, then hung up on him. He calls me to let me know the job canceled before he even got into his truck. Then about 20 minutes later she calls the office, and tells me what she said to my plumber and how sorry she is, and if I could still get him to come out. She told me she called 5 other shops and they where twice to three times as much as I was charging and asked me how come the prices are so varied. I explained to her any good company will base their charges on the cost for them to do business, not what the other guys are charging. Like the one outfit that has billboard ads, 30 new fully loaded and lettered trucks, cable TV commercials and radio ads, will have to charge a lot more than they guy that only uses the yellow pages to advertise.

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    I tell them you get what you pay for...
    I'm not cheap!

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    Wow! That system is better than burying grandma in the back yard!




    How do you keep that system from sucking the heat from your home?
    Read what the end of this sentence means.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RUGGED View Post
    Wow! That system is better than burying grandma in the back yard!




    How do you keep that system from sucking the heat from your home?
    Make up air unit!

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    Just flush it when the bowl is full. The vacuum pump must also be an ejector to keep the stuff moving through it to the tank.

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