Urinal, residential: Looking for advice

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & ' started by Dan P, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. Dan P

    Dan P New Member

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    In a new home being built I have persuaded my spouse to let me put a urinal into our master bathroom. Good for me and my grandson! I want to avoid one of the very small opening architectural models, which could be ideally located for a particular height, but not for little grandson and grandpa. Looking at Crane, Sloan, Toto. Figured 0.5 gpf models would be good.

    Looking for recommendations or reports from experience regarding models, and flushing mechanisms: automatic, sensor, manual, top spud, back spud. etc.
    My spouse may have given permission, but I am certain she cares about appearance as well.

    Thanks,
  2. Bill Shack

    Bill Shack 30years plumbing 10years plumbing inspector

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    I would no do it. A good automatic flush valve like sloan goes for about $400 in Canada plus urinal about $200 plus other say about $1000 everything in and the question of height. The rough in for an adult is not the same as a child. If you go to a grade school bathroom you will see what i mean.
  3. Dan P

    Dan P New Member

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    Thanks for your reply, Bill. I know there are long enough urinals to fit 3 year old to 30 or 60 year old. In the States, ADA requirements are low enough to the ground that a child could use it, but some models extend 24" (60 cm up north!). The expense is higher, unless you get a manual flush.
  4. asktom

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    I don't know your wife, obviously, but, in spite of permission, it might be smart to tell her you decided to forget the urinal and will take her out to dinner instead.
  5. Dan P

    Dan P New Member

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    I don't know! The way I see it, better for the ladies to have to look at a urinal, than for us guys to pee on their toilet seats!
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2014
  6. dj2

    dj2 Member

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    All jokes aside, it's not such a great idea. Why? because kids grow fast and your grandson will ask you before too long: "you put this one for me?"

    What's good for commercial buildings is not always good for residential.

    And if you pee on the seat, raise it next time.
  7. DaveHo

    DaveHo Member

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    I think a urinal would look very out of place & not cost effective in a residential setting, but hey, you're footing the bill.
  8. asktom

    asktom Member

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    My dear old Ma, bless her heart, still gets tense and sharp talking about Dad considering a urinal when they built their house in 1948. You don't want to go there, believe me.
  9. Tom Sawyer

    Tom Sawyer In the Trades

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    I dunno, maybe his wife will enjoy scrubbing the urinal daily ;)
  10. jadziedzic

    jadziedzic Member

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    One of the homes listed on an HGTV show (Property Brothers, perhaps) had a urinal in the master bathroom; the real estate agents flagged that as one of the oddball things that often kills a sale.
  11. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

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    I could see putting one in an alcove in a basement or shop, but not in a shared bathroom.
  12. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    I have installed them. As long as it is low enough for the shortest user, all the tall people have to do is aim better.
  13. asktom

    asktom Member

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    The down side is greater than the up side. I reserve the right to say I told you so.
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