Ed the Plumber: If you need a toilet seat to do double duty, look into a transition seat.

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Q: We have a young child who’s about to start toilet training. We have a small main bathroom that gets a lot of use, and we are looking for a good toilet idea. Instead of a separate potty chair or seat, is there a plumbing option to use our present elongated toilet to take care of everyone in the family and guests?

A: I have worked with a “transition” seat, which installs and operates like a standard toilet seat but can accommodate both adults and children. The secret is a built-in child’s seat sandwiched between a standard seat and the toilet seat lid.

This may sound confusing, but picture a three-layer cake on a hinge. The bottom section is a toilet seat that fits elongated toilets. In the middle is the special smaller-opening child’s seat. On top of that is the seat lid. Made of molded plastic, the components fit together nicely for easy raising and lowering of both seats.

So, if you need a toilet seat to do double duty, look into a transition seat.

 

Ed Del Grande is a master plumber and contractor and is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call.” Send questions to eadelg@cs.com.