How to Operate a Dual Flush Toilet

Bearman Cartoon How to Operate a Dual Flush ToiletYou would think today’s cartoon has nothing to do with Australia.  But you would be wrong.  In an effort to conserve water, dual flush toilets have been installed in a whole bunch of places including all the hotels we stayed in.  Some, unfortunately, didn’t work as well as others.

For the uninformed, a dual flush toilet has two buttons.  One that is a half flush for liquids and the other a full flush for solids.  The problem is that in several situations the half flush wasn’t enough to actually flush everything down so it required another push.   Usually the second push was the full flush button just to ensure there was no yellow in the bowl.   So instead of using half the amount of water to flush, you end up using 50% more than a typical sing flush toilet.

Or maybe it was just operator error.


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  1. Gruhn says:

    We could really conserve if we would just all go in the woods like the old days.

  2. Red Dwyer says:

    I think the operator with the most errors is the installer.

  3. Colleen says:

    you could just get a scam duaflush that does a full flush either way. It’s Identical to the old style but it makes people feel better.

  4. George says:

    I say, just hit the full-flush button twice. I’m as good a conservationalist as I am a conversationalist.

  5. Comedy Plus says:

    The government thought this one up right? I’ll put money on the fact that they had something to do with this mess.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

  6. Mark Stokes says:

    Who cares if its half full or half empty, just get rid of it!

  7. frigginloon says:

    Sadly Australia has a massive water prob and this dual flush toilet was to be our saviour. I know, I know …cue eye roll 😉

  8. Tony McGurk says:

    So are you a toilet’s half full or half empty kinda guy???
    I’m not sure if we have dual flush or not. I’ve only been in this house for 9 months & I’m not good at noticig details. I’ll just go check…

  9. Binky says:

    A sing flush toilet? I don’t think I want my toilet singing.

  10. susi spice says:

    u know what i found weird..was how high the water table sat in American toilets i saw… i was scared my booty was going to touch the water on some of them hahaha and also… i found american toilets to be really really BIG.. i coulve fallen through on some of them!

    • Bearman says:

      1. We have big asses so we need the extra space
      2. Courtesy flush an american toilet and you don’t get water up your butt. Courtesy flush an Aussie Toilet and you might as well have been sitting on a bidet.

  11. I am afraid I cannot wrap my head around toilets this morning.

  12. Along the same lines as super-cheap T.P…
    probably not saving too much when half the roll disappears with each use.

  13. planetross says:

    It’s probably called a “dual flush” system … because you have to flush twice.

  14. The buttons are always in the most awkward places too.

  15. Geoff says:

    Yes well don’t be dropping anything too large down there next time as those systems just cannot cope with a Bearman’s you know what? 🙁 lol Of course they can always lower it by hand next time and attach a detonator, the only trouble with that is that it could blow your cover, and a few other things I shouldn’t wonder 🙂 Those toilets are a good invention only when one widdles clear, or lightweight waste products, obviously there was a flaw with the flow on that model 🙁 lmao Have a wicked evening Bearman and watch out for the Zombies 🙂

  16. jynksie says:

    I bought toilets have that have a high capacity flush. They use less water and have more thrust. It’s pretty much eliminated the need for a plunger, well, most of the time! [wink]

    • Bearman says:

      So you bought a toilet like they use on airplanes?

      • jynksie says:

        I have no idea, It’s a Kohler toilet. I don’t use plane Lavatories, they are to small and I have a discomfort issue with confined spaces. To me, even the plane is not big enough! I’m a horrible flyer, I have to be drugged a lil’ bit and be put to sleep.

        • Bearman says:

          I don’t mind tight spaces that I have control of leaving. Even flying…except for when you land and everyone is in my damn way.

  17. Geoff says:

    I am just calling by again to wish
    you a wicked start to your Friday 🙂

    Have fun…

  18. Maybe they don’t work correctly is because they were made somewhere where the water flows the wrong direction from Australia. Some people may have found deals and didn’t consider where it was made. But after reading about the The Coriolis force I am just confused.

  19. buddhakat says:

    You boys and your bathroom humour… SIGH!!!
    Sorry Loon and any other gals…
    this all goes right under my head… waaaaayyyyy under….


  20. Germany has these toilets. I thought it was crazy when we moved here. Then I had to start paying for water that came into the house and left the house.

    We don’t actual have a dual flush system but it is a large button that I make sure stops after only a quarter flush for the liquid.

    When we visited the States last year I had a difficult time readjusting to American toilets. It seemed like I was pooping into a lake because there was so much water under me.

    Sorry if I left any visuals.

    Think of sugar plums… there, that’s better 😉

  21. jb says:

    It’s always best to read the small fine print at the bottom of the instruction manual.

  22. DadaHyena says:

    The last place I lived had the most anal-retentive housemate who demanded that the toilet be flushed no matter what (I respect that some people don’t observe the “mellow yellow” rule, but I like to save water); it even got to the point where he would habitually flush the toilet when walking into the bathroom, even if there was nothing in there!

    The dual-flush thing sounds like it could be great for water conservation, as long as they can work out those kinks you mentioned.

  23. Just encourage people to pee outside. That saves lots of water.

  24. Gray Dawster says:

    I have had a lot of fun looking through your
    cartoons tonight, you have a very good talent.

  25. Of course, you can avoid water consumption all together by installing a composting toilet, but low-flow and dual flush toilets are more acceptable to many people. ABCs of Toilets reports that if everyone switched to water-efficient fixtures, we could reduce water consumption by 30%. In these times of pressure on dwindling fresh water supplies and reservoirs dropping to 40% of capacity , we all should be using water conserving toilets.

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