for toilets and urinals in commercial bldgs

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  1. Thatguy

    Thatguy Homeowner

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    how does the proximity sensor that flushes the thing get power?
     
  2. sjsmithjr

    sjsmithjr Geologist

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    The one's I'm familiar with (Toto) generate their own power with a small turbine. Some retrofits use a battery, but I have no experience with those.
     
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  4. kordts

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    Some are hardwired, also.
     
  5. Redwood

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    There you have all the answers...

    Toto has a battery but recharges it with a built in generator.
    Some of the others use battery power and usually are good for a couple of years, yet others are hardwired...
     
  6. sjsmithjr

    sjsmithjr Geologist

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    Hey Redwood - Got any feedback to offer on the Toto's? They're showing up as spec on state gov't jobs these days. Not my department, but I am curious.
     
  7. CarlH

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    At home you can use Legos. :D
     
  8. Thatguy

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    Thanks, folks. . .I always wondered about mixing water with electronics.
     
  9. Redwood

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    No not really...
    Doing service only...
    I haven't done anything with them...
    I guess that says something though...
     
  10. hj

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    power

    Some even get their power from induced current off the building's electrical system.
     
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