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Hands On, er... Off with the Kohler Touchless Flush Kit - Evolved Mommy

Hands On, er… Off with the Kohler Touchless Flush Kit
  • On October 28, 2014

We get some strange pitches.  There was the home surgery kit, the design and build your own hang-glider and even a Mr Fusion reactor.  Ok, none of those are really real, but we do get some odd stuff. So when Kohler reached out to us and asked if we would like to try a device that would let us flush the toilet without touching it, it really didn’t seem out of the ordinary.  In fact, it seemed like sorcery.

They sent us the touchless flush test unit, and I immediately quarantined it to a bag filled with garlic, as I am wont to do with everything that arrives at our door that is powered by witchcraft or dark magic.  Then I read up on it and learned that it runs on science.  Weird, right?  I decided to give it a whirl while I choked down the last of the fresh garlic bread.

The install was a breeze, mostly.  We had some rusty bits in the tank of the chosen toilet, so I had to run to Lowe’s to bring it up to code.  That had nothing to do with Kohler, though.  Their part went in smooth.  The hardest part was adjusting the chain so the commode flushed smoothly and still closed the valve to shut off the water flow after the bowl filled up.

The David Blaine button

The David Blaine button

It comes with an easy template to mark where to place the sticker that shows you where to wave your hand in order to flush.  I would’ve skipped this part to leave the tank with a sleek, minimalist look, but then I pictured my father in law standing in front of it, clueless as to how to summon the tiny tank elf that would make the water happen.  I can hear him now, “huh? damn.”

Look ma, no handle!

Don’t touch here, never ever ever touch here

To replace the handle, it also comes with a little grommet that matches your tank.  Once you’ve got everything in place and installed the batteries, you’re ready for, um, business.

I suppose that I didn’t have to USE the toilet in order to test the mechanism, but what’s better than trial by fire?  The downside is that neither Stephanie nor Charlie wanted to come see it work for the first time, or any of the next times for about 30-45 minutes.  Good news, though, it works!  In fact, it’s still working almost two months later and I haven’t even had to pay the invisible toilet troll or change the batteries.  Even with Charlie pretending that she has magic and with me pretending that I have the force, it still flushes flawlessly every time.