Re: Caravelle one-piece toilet installation strength & stalbility?
Posted by Terry Love on January 25, 2004 at 19:52:09:
In response to Re: Caravelle one-piece toilet installation strength & stalbility?

: I just about installed a Toto UltraMax, when my Wife saw a Caroma demonstrated at tradeshow today. She was excited (for her) about the dual flush, and she liked the way the Caravelle one-piece toilet (naturally top of the line)looked, better than the Toto UltraMax. Luckily, the plumbing supply store that sold me the Toto, let me return it, but they said I would be sorry about buying the Caroma (he doesn't carry them), because I wouldn't be able to get parts.

: 1. Will I be able to get parts for this toilet?

I asked my suppliers in Seattle, and they said they could rob parts from a tank or they could order them.
The fill valve is a version of Fluidmaster without the outlet hole cut in for the overflow. If you use the Fluidmaster 400A, you will need to either plug the outlet or use the hose in the kit and put it down the overflow.

: 2. Is the inside dual flush mechanism really gauranteed for life, as the show salesperson said?

: 3. I am concerned about the installation, as they don't bolt the toilet to the flange. They rely on silicon caulk around the base to secure it. Although they do have two holes at the back of the toilet base to put in some bolts. But I have a porclean tile floor - UGH! Will this installation technique be STRONG enough? Will I have to use the holes in the back and drill into my tile?

I have used the screws in the back and caulked around the front. Plumbing inspectors here don't allow us to caulk around the back.

: 4. How does this compare in performance to the Toto UltraMax?

The Caroma moves 550 grams of waste, the Ultramax 700 grams.

I have not had complaints about either toilet in that regard though. Either toilet works plenty well.

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