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Motor City Homestead » Blog Archive » The Cadet 3

The Cadet 3

It’s 3 AM.  I hear the soft thump of footy pajamas coming down the stairs.  Moments later, the bathroom light clicks on, flooding our bedroom across the hall.  There’s a zip, a flush, and then the padding of feet through the living room, up the stairs, and back into bed.  So begins another  day in the life our our toilet, the Cadet 3.  From that moment on, it’s go, go, go, for our little toilet.  A rough calculation puts our A.H.F.P.D. (Average Household Flushes Per Day) in the low 20s - and depending on how much juice is consumed at breakfast, it rapidly climbs higher.

Our old toilets were the 1950s monsters with gigantic tanks and 3.5 gallon flushes to match.  The Cadet 3 has a miniscule tank by comparison - only 1.5 gallons.  And, unless you hold the lever down during the flush, it only sends out about half of that in an average flush.  We probably save 50 gallons of water PER DAY with this awesome toilet.  I can’t take too much credit for this modern marvel.  The reason we settled on the Cadet 3 was because it was the only model that would fit in our impossibly tiny bathrooms.  And even then, I had to notch out the door so that it would clear the bowl when it swings open and closed.  Here’s a fancy schmancy diagram.

toilet-diagram.bmp

Still, I’m thrilled with the toilet.  And it all came together when we got our water bill last week.  We averaged $57 per month on water for the first quarter.  We averaged about $90 per month at our last house.  So, combining efficient fixtures like low flow toilets and showerheads with our new PEX plumbing system, we’re saving about $30 per month.  At that rate, we’ll have paid for the whole plumbing system (not fixtures) in 12 months.  I’m stoked, to say the least.

 EDIT:  The toilet diagram isn’t very clear.  I’ll make a better one and post it soon.

EDIT2:  Diagram is fixed.  It’s so life-like, it feels like you could reach out and flush it.

77 Responses to “The Cadet 3”

  1. Reba Says:

    You might consider the “if it’s yellow, let it mellow…” rule. Saves lots of water, especially on high volume juice days!

  2. joanE Says:

    amazing nate. makes me reconsider the giant flush-o-rama’s we’ve had since 1953 over here.

  3. Nate Says:

    And, the craziest part is that we haven’t used a plunger in six months. Our old monsters would plug up at least once a week. We don’t even own a plunger at this point.

  4. joanE Says:

    you know our family…i’m impressed.

  5. Nate Says:

    Reba - it’s funny, the kids seem to use the mellow yellow rule, but mostly by forgetting to flush. So I guess we are saving water that way, too.

  6. evan Says:

    I love your diagram.

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