August 18, 2015
You wouldn't think it would be that much of a change, but life has improved significantly with the installation of this new, soft-close toilet seat. Before the update, we lived like barbarians with a slamming toilet lid. I don't know how we put up with it for so long: the careful closing of the lid, the unnerving slamming of the lid! Awoken from a peaceful slumber by your partner groggily slamming the lid shut! We lived like ANIMALS!
I read somewhere that you're supposed to replace the toilet lid every couple years. That seems a little often and wasteful, but every few years or so makes sense. It's like a new toilet, one that doesn't smack closed. Pure luxury for only $16!!
July 20, 2015
This shower faucet/thermostat is the bane of my existence. We had one like this in the bathroom in the house where I grew up, and I remember hating that one, too. The trouble with this design is there is a razor thin line between boiling hot water and freezing cold. The difference between the two is millimeters, which is the worst when you are halfway asleep trying to adjust the temparature.
Whoever selected this was going based off of one criteria: cheap. The flipper who we bought the house from installed this bathroom from scratch used the following logic to select this thermostat: "I have 15 minutes to go to Pierson's and select the cheapest, easiest shower equipment, which will be fine because I will never actually shower here." It's impossible to control the water temperature and you can't tell by looking which direction it's going. When the water gets hot, it's too hot to touch to turn it back down. It's just a terrible design.
I can't believe we've lived with it for 7+ years. The way to deal with it is to start the water and wait about 5 to 10 minutes for the temperature to even out (not so great in drought times). If you get a little impatient and get in right away, get ready for a horrible shower experience that vacillates between icy cold and boiling hot.
We are finally biting the bullet and ordered a nice Grohe thermostat. It's nothing fancy, but has a clear logic of hot to cold with a nice range in between. Plus, we're getting professionals to install it. Happy birthday to me!