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Proof that there is at least one Jack of all Trades


Why are there usually two sinks in a Jack & Jill bathroom?

We are all familiar with those bathrooms that are located between two bedrooms—shared by two bedrooms.  My question has to do with their typically being two sinks in them.  With two sinks, I could see calling them Jack & Jim Bathrooms or Jill & Jane Bathrooms, but how often will both sinks get used at the same time once Jack & Jill want some privacy? 

I guess the “slob factor” might come into play, making it nice for each to have their own sink.  I think in that case I might rather have my own toilet!

Any of us that have experienced teenagers know that “privacy time” and “slob factor time” comes sooner or later.

But this whole question is really just an aside, an excuse, to show you Jack’s bathroom that I inspected the other day.

Unfortunately I had to inspect the bathroom with Jack still in it.

He would not leave.

It kind of looked as if he was not going to be leaving any time soon either.


The slope that the jack is pushing agains looks a bit sketchy and sooner or later physics is going to come into play and Jack will be forcibly removed from the bathroom.


Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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Comment balloon 14 commentsCharles Buell • December 20 2013 06:06AM


Hi Charles,

WOW is about all I can say on finding "Jack" in the bath. I have only had one home with a commode like this one. I don't care for them but to each their own. They are usually not installed correctly anyway.

Have a great day in Seattle my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) about 5 years ago

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that jack is doing absolutely nothing... lol! With the angle of that toilet bowl, surely that  piece of plywood cannot grip on anything. I guess you gotta give him a grade for trying.... let's call it an "F" and shake our heads!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 5 years ago

I'm still laughing at the photo Charles, great shot today!

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) about 5 years ago

Clint, I see these toilets all the time in commercial stuff--but if you don't do the attachment inside the wall right--you need Jack.

Fred, I agree, me thinks perhaps someone did not know Jack Shitte

Tom, I have to admit that when I saw it I got all excited about what great blog fodder.


Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 5 years ago

Ewwww, I almost spit out my morning coffee when I scrolled down to that photo LOL!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) about 5 years ago

Perhaps this is a reclining toilet. Hey it works for chairs 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 5 years ago

Charles this is a  funny picture, and it looks like Jack has not been doing his job.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) about 5 years ago

Kristin, sorry about that

Jim, interesting idea---got for it.

Barbara, thanks and a Merry Christmas to you as well

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 5 years ago

Charles~ Home inspectors, contractors, Realtors,  probably even Home Stagers...we all see some pretty strange things. This is a first for me.

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent (HomeSmart Realty Group) about 5 years ago

Donna, I suspect this is a first for lots of people   Jack seems to like it though.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 5 years ago

Love the toilet!  It should catch on.  It seems to catch the weight!

Oh, I do NOT use the master bathroom because, BEECAAUUUSE, it only has two sinks.

And you think I'm kidding, probably.  Not!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

Jay, it is the tricyle approach to toilets---kind of defeats the purpose of this type of toilet that allows for easy cleaning of the floor---of course it does not look like cleaning is an issue

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 5 years ago

Charles - I need more warning when you are going to post a picture like that. My monitor was almost covered in coffee. Now that is a Saturday morning funny to me. Thanks for making my morning that much more humorous.

Posted by Jeff Fritzson: Frisco Real Estate Pro, Your Success is My Focus! (Jeff Fritzson Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors) about 5 years ago

Jeff, it is pretty startling--hope you got your monitor and keyboard cleaned up

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 5 years ago