Do you have to move toilet in bathroom?

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by Lindavald, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. Lindavald

    Lindavald New Member

    Jun 4, 2012
    Mumbai, India
    to put down stick down tiles? Or do you just cut around the shape of the base of the commode and caulk after installation?
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    If you do NOT remove the toilet, then keep some tiles because you will need them to fill the hole if you ever have to change the toilet. You will NEVER find a new toilet with the same shape as your old one.
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  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    It makes for a much neater job to pull the toilet. WHen replacing it, you'll need at least a new wax ring, and it's not a bad idea to replace the supply hose (if it's a solid riser, it'll probably be okay, but since you've raised the toilet the thickness of the tile, you may have to either shorten it or (probably) bend it a little). You may need to replace the toilet bolts that hold it down if they were steel and have rusted since they may not come off. Use SS or brass new ones.

    Other than being heavy, resetting a toilet isn't really all that hard.
  5. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    It would also be a good time to evaluate your flange. The original flange will set too low with the added tile and will require adding a thicker wax ring or flange extender rings. If the old flange has signs of breakage or otherwise doesn't appear like it will last the 30 plus years, it would be a good time to consider replacing it so the flange sets on top of the tile rather than below.
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