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Old July 25th 08, 06:16 AM posted to alt.home.repair,misc.consumers.house,misc.consumers.frugal-living
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Default Molded wood -vs- plastic toilet seat

I replaced a toilet seat. At Home Depot they had a large selection of
various materials - wood, plastic and molded wood. The old one was a
molded wood seat that came with the house.

There seemed to be more molded wood models than any other. The paint
had worn off the old one in spots and it actually cracked which is
what finally prompted me to replace it. I went with a plastic model
with a "quiet close" hinge and a quick release feature which seems
like a really good idea for convenient, thorough cleaning of the
toilet.

I went with plastic because it doesn't have paint to wear off and I'm
guessing won't break on the load bearing area like the old molded wood
one did and will hold up better over time.

What's the benefit of a molded wood seat? Some of them were pretty
expensive, so it doesn't seem to be just a "cheap" alternative.
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Old July 25th 08, 10:29 AM posted to alt.home.repair,misc.consumers.house,misc.consumers.frugal-living
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Default Molded wood -vs- plastic toilet seat

Doc wrote:

I replaced a toilet seat. At Home Depot they had a large selection
of various materials - wood, plastic and molded wood. The old one
was a molded wood seat that came with the house.


There seemed to be more molded wood models than any other. The
paint had worn off the old one in spots and it actually cracked which
is what finally prompted me to replace it. I went with a plastic model
with a "quiet close" hinge and a quick release feature which seems
like a really good idea for convenient, thorough cleaning of the toilet.


I went with plastic because it doesn't have paint to wear off and I'm guessing
won't break on the load bearing area like the old molded wood one did


Depends on how much of a hippo you are.

and will hold up better over time.


Depends on how much of a hippo you are.

What's the benefit of a molded wood seat?


Some dont like plastic.

Some of them were pretty expensive, so it doesn't seem to be just a "cheap" alternative.


Corse it isnt.


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Old July 25th 08, 04:53 PM posted to alt.home.repair,misc.consumers.house,misc.consumers.frugal-living
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What's the benefit of a molded wood seat? Some of them were pretty
expensive, so it doesn't seem to be just a "cheap" alternative.


Canadian stores sell wood seats, none apparently
moulded: they are of solid wood (spliced from about
4 sections), shaped by cutting tools. Today's stock is
much lighter in weight and more thinly varnished than
10 years ago. The "brass" fixtures are as flimsy as
10 years ago, allowing a service life of about 5 years.

Some users find wood seats more comfortable than plastic,
i.e. judge the extra comfort is worth $5 or $10 extra over 5 years.
--
Don Phillipson
Carlsbad Springs
(Ottawa, Canada)


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Old July 25th 08, 05:55 PM posted to alt.home.repair,misc.consumers.house,misc.consumers.frugal-living
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Default Molded wood -vs- plastic toilet seat

On Jul 24, 10:16*pm, Doc wrote:
I replaced a toilet seat. At Home Depot they had a large selection of
various materials - wood, plastic and molded wood. The old one was a
molded wood seat that came with the house.

There seemed to be more molded wood models than any other. The paint
had worn off the old one in spots and it actually cracked which is
what finally prompted me to replace it. I went with a plastic model
with a "quiet close" hinge and a quick release feature which seems
like a really good idea for convenient, thorough cleaning of the
toilet.

I went with plastic because it doesn't have paint to wear off and I'm
guessing won't break on the load bearing area like the old molded wood
one did and will hold up better over time.

What's the benefit of a molded wood seat? Some of them were pretty
expensive, so it doesn't seem to be just a "cheap" alternative.


Not as cold as plastic?
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Old July 26th 08, 01:39 AM posted to alt.home.repair,misc.consumers.house,misc.consumers.frugal-living
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Seerialmom wrote:

On Jul 24, 10:16 pm, Doc wrote:

What's the benefit of a molded wood seat? Some of them were pretty
expensive, so it doesn't seem to be just a "cheap" alternative.


What actually is "molded wood"? Compressed sawdust like that heavy
stuff they use for cheap shelving or home siding?

Not as cold as plastic?


Temperature is irrelevant where I live. What IS important is that real
wood (generally oak) can split and pinch your skin, which is an
unpleasant surprise in the middle of the night.

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Old July 26th 08, 01:44 AM posted to alt.home.repair,misc.consumers.house,misc.consumers.frugal-living
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On Jul 25, 5:39*pm, The Real Bev wrote:
Seerialmom wrote:
On Jul 24, 10:16 pm, Doc wrote:


What's the benefit of a molded wood seat? Some of them were pretty
expensive, so it doesn't seem to be just a "cheap" alternative.


What actually is "molded wood"? *Compressed sawdust like that heavy
stuff they use for cheap shelving or home siding?

Not as cold as plastic?


Temperature is irrelevant where I live. *What IS important is that real
wood (generally oak) can split and pinch your skin, which is an
unpleasant surprise in the middle of the night.

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That's true...and could you imagine the embarrassment of having to get
a splinter pulled at the doctors office (presuming you couldn't reach,
of course).
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Old July 26th 08, 02:31 AM posted to alt.home.repair,misc.consumers.house,misc.consumers.frugal-living
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The Real Bev wrote:

Temperature is irrelevant where I live. What IS important is that
real wood (generally oak) can split and pinch your skin, which is an
unpleasant surprise in the middle of the night.


Raise the seat when you have to go. Be sure to hold the seat up, else it
could fall on your junk.


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Old July 26th 08, 07:03 AM posted to alt.home.repair,misc.consumers.house,misc.consumers.frugal-living
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HeyBub wrote:

The Real Bev wrote:

Temperature is irrelevant where I live. What IS important is that
real wood (generally oak) can split and pinch your skin, which is an
unpleasant surprise in the middle of the night.


Raise the seat when you have to go. Be sure to hold the seat up, else it
could fall on your junk.


Uh, my "junk" is located internally, safe from the ravages of vengeful
toilet seats. Unless you mean the junk I store on top of the toilet
tank, which, as long as gravity works, is still pretty safe unless I
knock it into the bowl, a not-unheard-of occurrence.

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Old July 26th 08, 11:17 AM posted to alt.home.repair,misc.consumers.house,misc.consumers.frugal-living
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Doc wrote:


What's the benefit of a molded wood seat? Some of them were pretty
expensive, so it doesn't seem to be just a "cheap" alternative.



"As a rule, wood toilet seats are slightly more expensive than plastic
toilet seats.

Generally speaking, wood seats are thicker, warmer to sit on, sturdier,
and more durable than plastic.

Plastic lids are less durable & likely to show scratches -- even from
soft sponges used when cleaning. They are also more likely to crack."
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Old July 26th 08, 01:24 PM posted to alt.home.repair,misc.consumers.house,misc.consumers.frugal-living
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clams_casino wrote:
Doc wrote:


What's the benefit of a molded wood seat? Some of them were pretty
expensive, so it doesn't seem to be just a "cheap" alternative.



"As a rule, wood toilet seats are slightly more expensive than plastic
toilet seats.

Generally speaking, wood seats are thicker, warmer to sit on, sturdier,
and more durable than plastic.

Plastic lids are less durable & likely to show scratches -- even from
soft sponges used when cleaning. They are also more likely to crack."


Sounds like a sales pitch from a wood seat manufacturer. I never found
wood seats to be very durable, and they are definitely harder to keep
clean. Once the finish degrades, they tend to go downhill quickly. This
house came with plastic seats, and aside from the mounting bolts being a
little too small in diameter so the seats need to be tightened every few
months, I've been quite happy with them for three years now. Previous
places I've lived, I could count on replacing the wood seats every 3-5
years when the finish started flaking off.

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