Published Feb. 6, 2003 | Updated Aug. 31, 2005

    Editor: After reading for the umpteenth time how low water pressure causes toilets not to flush, I have to comment on that fallacy.

    If you have a commercial-pressure commode, like those installed in hospitals, large stores, etc., they do not have a tank and are operated on existing water pressure with a booster pump to increase the pressure. I doubt if these units have ever been installed in a residential house.

    Your common residential commode has a tank that usually holds 2{ to 4 gallons of water. When you push the lever on the tank, this water is what makes the commode flush; water pressure has nothing to do with the ability of the unit to flush. If you don't believe that, turn the valve off on the water line line coming into the commode and flush it and you will see that it will work just as well without any water pressure.

    Yes, it will take longer for the tank to fill with low pressure, maybe two or three minutes instead of 30 seconds. I would suggest you seek medical help if you must flush that often.

    How this has anything to do with running sprinklers once or twice a week is beyond me. Maybe if they have to flush that much and the county commissioners believe them, they are all full of you know what.

    Philip Strmensky

    Spring Hill

    Don't accept low pay

    from corporate giants

    Editor: When will the people who were born in the South or relocated to the South realize they need representation as far as working conditions go?

    The big companies, Wal-Mart, Target, Kash n' Karry, etc., will keep on paying low wages and offering benefits you can't afford because you won't do anything about it.

    I know, you have to pay rent and feed your children. Well, so does everyone else. I was a Teamster and had to walk the picket line, but in the end it paid off.

    Wal-Mart is as big as General Motors because its success comes off your back. How long do you think a store will stay open if there are no workers or customers?

    I'm not saying you should get $20 an hour, but you should get a fair day's pay.

    Jim Conides

    Spring Hill

    Glidewell's column

    will be missed

    Editor: I recently moved to Florida and subscribed to the Times. I have really enjoyed Jan Glidewell's column. His sense of humor is wonderful and he has educated me about the politics and lifestyles of my new surroundings.

    I am sorry to hear he is retiring, as I will miss his column.

    Donna Grisanti

    Trinity

    This isn't the right time

    for construction project

    Editor: Re: Downtown boon busts profits, Jan. 31 Times:

    Who was the brilliant mastermind that made the decision to start a major construction project right in the midst of tourist season?

    This lack of planning in our current economic state will most likely be devastating to the small-business owners. I'm sure it won't affect a corporate giant such as SunTrust Bank, which does not appear to be upset by this issue.

    Also, why was the contract awarded to an out-of-county company?

    M. Hildreth

    Spring Hill

    President clueless

    on consequences of war

    Editor: Peace protest vexes, pleases, Feb. 3 Times:

    On Feb. 1, I participated in the anti-war protest at the intersection of U.S. 19 and State Road 50. For the uninformed, that in no way makes me less patriotic than those who support President Bush. They're entitled to their opinion, as I am to mine.

    Those making the decision to attack Iraq are the least qualified to do so. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld: Not one of them has ever heard a shot fired in anger. Their strident rhetoric to the contrary, they don't have a clue as to the real consequences of war. If they did, they wouldn't be so eager to begin one.

    It's beyond me how they can ignore the countless real problems the nation already has.

    More important, how can they ignore what really happens when the shooting starts?

    Bill Donofrio

    Spring Hill

    Does water pressure affect toilet flush?
    Your common residential commode has a tank that usually holds 2{ to 4 gallons of water. When you push the lever on the tank, this water is what makes the commode flush; water pressure has nothing to do with the ability of the unit to flush. more
    Is toilet water black water?
    Blackwater can contain feces, urine, water and toilet paper from flush toilets. Blackwater is distinguished from greywater, which comes from sinks, baths, washing machines, and other kitchen appliances apart from toilets. Greywater results from washing food, clothing, dishes, as well as from showering or bathing. more
    Does pouring water down a toilet flush it?
    One of the simplest ways to manually flush your toilet is pouring a bucket of water into the toilet bowl. You'll just need a bucket containing a gallon or two of water. Older toilets may need 3-5 gallons of water to start the flushing cycle. more
    Is toilet water cleaner than tap water?
    More Bacteria Comes From Tap Water Than Flushing the Toilet, Study Shows. But the good news is that not all bacteria is bad. File this under one less thing we have to worry about: The amount of airborne bacteria that comes from a toilet flush pales in comparison to the microscopic stuff flowing in from the faucet. more
    Is toilet water the same as shower water?
    Is The Water In The Toilet The Same As The Shower? A sanitary sewer line runs beneath the shower and toilet. The wastewater generated by both can be treated at the same facility. It's also referred to as “gray water,” because it's made up of nothing. more
    Why does a toilet flush when you pour water in it?
    Now, take a bucket of water -- approximately 2 gallons (7.6 L) -- and pour it into the bowl. You will find that pouring in this amount of water causes the bowl to flush. That is, almost all of the water is sucked out of the bowl, and the bowl makes the recognizable "flush" sound and all of the water goes down the pipe. more
    Can you flush a toilet by pouring water into the bowl?
    One of the simplest ways to manually flush your toilet is pouring a bucket of water into the toilet bowl. You'll just need a bucket containing a gallon or two of water. Older toilets may need 3-5 gallons of water to start the flushing cycle. more
    Should I drink water after salt water flush?
    After the cleanse, make sure to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water. If you feel like the salt water flush isn't working, try massaging your stomach and laying on your side for 30 minutes. more
    What happens if you flush a toilet with the water off?
    This entire process works through force of gravity and water flow so the only thing you really need to flush is a full toilet tank. However, if the water is shut off, the toilet tank is unable to refill and therefore, you won't be able to flush the toilet again. more
    Is toilet water same as tap water?
    The answer as of now is correct. Water in the house is the same as it is in other plumbing. When water pressure fails, dirty water is not able to reenter the system. more
    Will pouring water in the toilet make it flush?
    One of the simplest ways to manually flush your toilet is pouring a bucket of water into the toilet bowl. You'll just need a bucket containing a gallon or two of water. Older toilets may need 3-5 gallons of water to start the flushing cycle. more

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