Saturday, June 18, 2011

Thanks Bemis!

A while back, I told you guys about a new toilet seat I bought for the kids bathroom.  It was made by Bemis, had a slow close hinge and it popped off so you could clean under and around the hinges.  It was the coolest thing ever in a house with 3 little boys!  Well, time marches on and I still have that toilet seat.  It still works great.  I love that the kids didn't slam their fingers in it.  I love that I don't hear the lid slamming all the time.  I love that I can pop it off, toss it in the tub and spray it with cleaner and rinse it with the shower!  My only beef with it was that it sometimes shifted a little because the bolts didn't sit properly in the holes in the porcelain.  I blamed the toilet, because the holes are a bit off center. I suspect the toilet was a factory second purchased by our homes previous owner! Toilet seats never fit on it right and the kids broke (like broke, in half) several before we found the Bemis seat.  Recently, hubby and I have been doing some much needed home repairs in preparation for putting our house up for rent. We're moving to a larger house a few miles down the road.  While fixing up the kids bathroom, the topic of that toilet seat came up.  Do we leave it for the tenants, knowing it wiggles a little?  Do we take it with us because it's oh so quiet and easy to clean? If we take it with us, won't it just wiggle in the new house? I hadn't seen the same seat for sale in a while, and assumed they had discontinued it. I decided to check the company website and see if they sold replacement bolts, or the little rubber gaskets that we needed to replace so we could keep using the seat, regardless of the house in which it lived.

Well, before I could remember to check the website, Bemis fixed my problem!! For FREE!  I took kid#3 to home depot today to grab a tile cutting blade for my rotary tool and found a tent event going on.  Many of the the big tool companies were outside and some smaller companies were scattered around inside.  As we meandered our way from rotary bits to the tile section to peruse cove base, we happened upon 2 representatives from Bemis.  They were there showing off their new and improved "Easy 2" seat.  I mentioned that I already had 2 of their seats and loved them, except for the wiggle problem.  The rep laughed and said that was their #1 complaint with the old seat and the new seats had solved the problem with a special new seat bolt.  She verified that I did indeed have the "easy clean" hinges and then gave me 2 packages of the new bolts, and showed me how to install them.  I am eager to try them out, but at the moment, the hall toilet is in the tub, while the tiles cure on the floor.  Soon! Soon!

Oh, for the parents of the smaller set, they also make a family friendly potty seat!  Same easy close hinge, but with a seat for small bottoms added in.  The child seat fits into the lid and clips up magnetically so it's not in the way of adults.  When kiddo needs to use it, they can flick it down easily with no pinched fingers! I got to see it up close.  It's great!  Where was this when my kids were potty training!

Anyway, thanks Bemis for acknowledging the problem with the original seat bolt design and offering a fix for it, even several years later!  Just for the record, I'm not affiliated with Bemis, just a happy customer!

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