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Sunken Toilet

A toilet with a sunken base
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I've always been disturbed that my waste has to go through that funky 's' shape just to get where it's going. Why can't there be there be a bathroom with a false bottom that has all the pipes in it. Then, when I flush, the waste goes straight down in a magnificant whirlpool display.

Yes, I should have something better to worry about, but I don't right now.

barnzenen, May 31 2002

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       That 'S' is a water trap. It keeps sewer gases (like methane) from getting into your house.
phoenix, May 31 2002
  

       The reason for the S-bend is to stop gasses from escaping back through the toilet - what measures would your sunken toilet have to make up for this?
yamahito, May 31 2002
  

       damn, he got there first.
yamahito, May 31 2002
  

       While it would be possible to move the "S" below floor level, the height of the bottom wall of the top of the "S" is what sets the height of the water in the bowl. If the "S" were set that far down, the water level would be as well.
supercat, May 31 2002
  

       Many countries opt for the "hole in the floor" in preference to the British/American toilet seat. You will still find such things in France.
pottedstu, May 31 2002
  

       and Hell
po, May 31 2002
  

       Same place
drew, May 31 2002
  

       France 0 - Senegal 1
po, May 31 2002
  

       So I understand. Three cheers for the Senegalese...
drew, May 31 2002
  

       What if you changed the "S" to "@" leading to the cyber sewer?
FarmerJohn, May 31 2002
  

       The 's' is also there to siphon the water out of the bowl when you flush. The 's' is the basic innovation that made indoor toilets acceptable.   

       Of course, you could have some sort of active suction, like on airplane toilets, or maybe a deep composting-toilet-style hole with a fan.
wiml, May 31 2002
  

       // If the "S" were set that far down, the water level would be as well.//   

       You say that like it's a bad thing.
One advantage of the long drop toilet would be a reduced incidence of splash-back.
  

       Or if it bothers you, you could make the S bend really tall. There might be an issue with stuff not quite reaching the top of the turn and falling back down. So I propose the 'ww' bend - which is essentially a long down-stroke followed by an ascending run of S-bends. On the down-side, a flush is 20 gallons (76 litres).
Loris, Mar 26 2015
  

       //One advantage of the long drop toilet would be a reduced incidence of splash-back.//   

       There must be some interesting physics there. As the drop height increases, the height of the splash must also increase.   

       A drop height of zero (measured between the lowest point of the dropped object and the surface of the water) should produce relatively little splash-back. Likewise, a drop height of, say, 500m will result in the dropped object reaching terminal velocity, after which the height of the splashback will remain constant. At some point between those extremes, the risk of splash-back must reach a maximum.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 07 2015
  

       There's probably a better design, but the S-curve does allow one to retrieve wallets, keys, eyeglasses, electric-razors, et cetera, without SCUBA gear.
FlyingToaster, Apr 08 2015
  

       //There's probably a better design, but the S-curve does allow one to retrieve wallets, keys, eyeglasses, electric-razors, et cetera, without SCUBA gear.//   

       This toilet should come with a magnet on a fishing rod.
Two of them actually; it's more fun to play together.
Loris, Apr 14 2015
  
      
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