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“FLUSH WITH PRIDE!!” crowed an ad in the November Val-Pak coupons. “Don’t Get Stuck With a LOW FLUSH-NO FLUSH Toilet.” Besides the puny 1.5-gallon toilets now favored by federal conservation laws, Ludlum Plumbing still offers the 3.5- gallon models preferred by toilet connoisseurs. Owner Matthew Ludlum says his Alexandria company installs the mega-potties only where legal, such as in D.C. commercial establishments. But could a homeowner buy a king-size throne from Ludlum, and then install it himself? “Well,” allows the plumber, “it’s not illegal to buy, sell, or possess them.” But he notes sadly that building inspectors might flunk the commodious commodes.