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Bathroom Door Etiquette

 
 
JPB
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 07:08 am
@Robert Gentel,
Robert Gentel wrote:

I thought this was going to be about whether you close the door when taking a leak or not (with guests yes, without guests no).


I thought that too. Mr B is much more private about these things than I am.

In general, the door is open unless otherwise occupied (exception noted above)

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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 08:57 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Walter Hinteler wrote:
With the keys, I /we do the same: thus, you don't loose the key ... and easily know, which key belongs to what door/lock.


Yes, the Germans always leave the keys in every door. When my daughter was
4 years old, she locked herself into the bathroom at grandma's in Germany
and then was unable to turn the key again. She started crying and was all distressed while we tried to instruct her how to open the door. In the end, we
found a second key that fit the door. This was the first and last time my kid
locked any door.
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Mame
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 09:05 am
@Setanta,
Really? Maybe it's an East Coast thing. All the bathrooms I've been in out in the West have fans in the bathroom, including public buildings. Maybe it's due to the rain and damp we have, but it's a very common practice. In fact, we just renovated Alex's bathroom and upgraded the exhaust fan.

As to the other, tagging on to the group that says keep the doors ajar when not in use; a closed door indicates it's occupied.
Linkat
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 09:45 am
Well I often leave it ajar when I'm inside or whether I'm outside not using. It may be a pet thing - they will end up annoying me either trying to get in or out while I am occupied and can't get up to open or shut the door.

However, if I have guests or need the use of the bathroom for privacy reasons I do close the door then. Otherwise it is normally ajar. I also like to leave the doors open as it helps air things out - even with a vent or fan I feel it seems too moisty in the bathrooms if you don't open the doors.

Although more recently with a new doggie - we will close the doors to many of the rooms (and the bathrooms) as he has a tendency to get into trouble and limited his room use helps. Then we have the cat getting locked into closets and rooms issue.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 09:50 am
@Linkat,
Linkat wrote:
I also like to leave the doors open as it helps air things out - even with a vent or fan I feel it seems too moisty in the bathrooms if you don't open the doors.


We use window functions for such - and open it.
Linkat
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 09:57 am
@Walter Hinteler,
We have no windows in our bathrooms - I would love to have windows for just that purpose.
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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 10:00 am
Haha, my younger cat locks herself in the bathroom all the time. She goes in an bats at the hair ties my wife leaves on the back of the doorknob, and isn't smart enough to pull the door open towards her.

We leave it open, have a big window in the bathroom, and our windows stay open for about 80% of the time, as we have no (and don't need) central air.

Cycloptichorn
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 10:25 am
@Mame,
It could be an East coast thing . . . i've never been to BC, because of my unwillingness to visit other countries.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 10:35 am
@Setanta,
They do have fans here - in bathrooms that don't have windows. However, that's pretty much restricted to hotels/hospitals/office towers. It's fairly rare to find a bathroom in a private home that doesn't have a window.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 10:35 am
@Ceili,
Ceili wrote:

I found it amusing in Ireland. Not only did they have doors separating every room, even hallways... they had a lock and key on every door. They never took the key out of the hole, not sure why it was necessary.
I keep all the doors open unless someone needs the privacy.


What she said.
Reyn
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 10:57 am
@dlowan,
dlowan wrote:

Ceili wrote:

I found it amusing in Ireland. Not only did they have doors separating every room, even hallways... they had a lock and key on every door. They never took the key out of the hole, not sure why it was necessary.
I keep all the doors open unless someone needs the privacy.


What she said.

Ditto for us.

We have a townhouse built in 1972, and it has no ceiling fan, but does have a small window, which is opened when needed.

During showering, we open the door and window, in order to vent the steam, and have a large floor fan blowing into the bathroom. Works quite well.
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 11:00 am
bathroom door?
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chai2
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 11:22 am
The only door that remains closed in my house is the front door, so the cat's can't escape.

The other doors are left open or ajar, as the said cats throw their bodies against any door they see closed, because they need to find out what's going on in there.
Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 11:25 am
@chai2,
Next time you get something that comes in a large cardboard box, cut the top off, and the cut a "door" in one side, and "windows" in the other sides, and then up-end it on the floor. The cats will go crazy. The last time my friends and i did this (they had four cats) the cats went wild. They would run in the box and peer out, then run out of the box and peer in. Any cat in the box was treated as though he were an unknown cat and an interloper.
Linkat
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 11:29 am
@Setanta,
I will need to try this.
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mushypancakes
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 11:38 am
Interesting.

Our door is usually ajar unless someone is using it.

My 'other family' - a family that I stayed with off and on through the years, just like a family to me, they do have all the doors closed all the time. That is due to the man of the house's ideas about heating though. lol.

I always found it a bit of a pain in the ass, to be honest. Every time you needed to go pee, you had to holler to see if anyone was inside. If you tried for the knob to see if it was locked, you could get a chorus of heyheyhey or you'd open the door and someone would be on the toilet.

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chai2
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 12:25 pm
@Setanta,
Setanta wrote:

Next time you get something that comes in a large cardboard box, cut the top off, and the cut a "door" in one side, and "windows" in the other sides, and then up-end it on the floor. The cats will go crazy. The last time my friends and i did this (they had four cats) the cats went wild. They would run in the box and peer out, then run out of the box and peer in. Any cat in the box was treated as though he were an unknown cat and an interloper.


I've got a long low fedex box sitting in the middle of my living room right now. About 3 feet long, 1.5 feet wide, and 6 inches high.

It took them about 15 seconds to find the box and move in. Now, 3 days later, the "roof" is all crushed in, because one will get deep inside the box, and the other will cause a mine shaft collapse by pretending to be a huge boulder landing on top of the entrance.

The trapped miner then has to dig his way out.

news at 11.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 01:19 pm
Yes, yes . . . catses dearly love a box . . .
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Sglass
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 03:29 pm
The first bathroom I remember was an outhouse with a little half moon cut through the door. Oh, and there was a Montgomery Wards catalog. It wsn't for reading.
Linkat
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 03:30 pm
@Sglass,
But did you keep the door open?
 

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