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Ultra Low-Flow Toilet Installed
Project: Storm-Ready Design, Episode 10, Part 2
Bob is on the newly poured pool deck as Don Humphrey and his crew apply the Texture-Krete finish to the top edge and traffic area of the pool. The concrete is treated with a bonding agent before the cement-and-polymer spray coating is sprayed on in textured drops. A crew member knocks down the drops with a trowel as soon as the wet gloss starts to fade. This 1/16-inch textured finish is painted with an acrylic masonry paint, applied in two coats and sealed. This deck is cool and slip-resistant and is pitched toward a drain that takes dirty poolside water away from the pool. In the house, Leonora Campos from Toto is in the guest lavatory where the sleek, two-piece Washlet 6300 with remote control wash, dry, and deodorize settings eliminates the need for toilet paper and repeat flushing. These ultra low-flow washlets flush clean the first time, save energy, water, and trees, and are more popular in Japan than microwave ovens. In the garage, Ernie Hutto from DAB Garage Doors is on hand for perhaps the most important feature in this storm-ready house – a hurricane-proof garage door with reinforced panels and tracks to prevent twisting, blow-in, and ultimate house failure.
- Part 1: Spraying On and Painting a Heat-Reflective Pool Deck
- Part 2: Ultra Low-Flow Toilet Installed
- Lenora Campos from Toto, USA, is with Bob for the installation of the Nexus two-piece, porcelain toilet. The design is inspired by nature, with distinct lines that hide the plumbing and suggest a rock outcropping. All Toto toilets are 1.6-gallon flush models. They flush effectively the first time, because a special G-Max flush system is designed to clear waste completely through the bowl and the fully-glazed trap way. This Washlet 6300 has a wash feature and a dryer to completely eliminate the need for toilet paper. A remote control system enables homeowners to set the water, seat, and dryer temperatures and to automatically clean the wand. The system also has an energy-saving mode that powers down during periods of infrequent use. These washlets sell well throughout the world, including Japan where washlet sales outpace those of microwave ovens.
- Part 3: Hurricane-Resistant Garage Doors
When hurricanes strike again and again, as they did in Florida in 2004, the effects are devastating. Bob Vila and crew work to completely rebuild a damaged house, using new standards for storm-ready housing. Along the way, Bob investigates a home's vulnerabilities in extreme weather and learns why some building systems fail and others succeed.
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