Installing toilets over wood flooring

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  1. ttw4454

    ttw4454 New Member

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    I'm installing new maple flooring in my house. Are there any special precautions to take for installing toilets over wood flooring? Thanks,
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Is this solid, nail or glue down stuff? Hopefully, it is not an engineered floating floor. I don't think it should be much of any different from putting one anywhere else. If it is a floating floor, I think you are asking for problems - they don't like being anchored down. For ease of cleaning up, I opted to tile under that area when I put down wood floors. I used the same tile as the vanity top which ties it together.
  3. ttw4454

    ttw4454 New Member

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    Jim, thanks for the quick reply. It will be solid 3/4" flooring that will be nailed down.
  4. Donna Shoemaker

    Donna Shoemaker New Member

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    installing toilets over wood flooring.

    Here is my one word of advice for a toilet over wood: AIM. :D

    Seriously, I have wood in a powder room, which has turned out to be the most used toilet in the house. The floor color is more oak, so light maple might not be as easy, but I have never had a problem. I take the entire seat assembly off about once every 6 months and completely clean and sanitize, which will help keep any drips from coming off the back seat bolts to the floor over time. Just aim, and keep things clean, and you should not have any problems.

    Good Luck
  5. donmoore1904

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    Is toilet over engineered floor a no-no?

    I have spent months completely remodeling a bathroom. Moving next to the floor, which is supposed to be a floating floor of the snap and glue stuff. I was going to run it under the toilet edge. I hadn't thought of complications vs stationary floor. I guess this would be a good time to see what I might use for grout in this case around the bottom edge of the toilet (I have used plaster and grout). Anyone done this? Thanks in advance. Don
  6. Mikey

    Mikey Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek

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    What's the floor surface now?
  7. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Talk to the help line of the flooring manufacturer. They typically don't want anything anchored through the floor. It needs to be able to expand and contract, and anchoring it by something like a toilet can be a problem. I used a floating floor in the bathroom, but used matching tile on the vanity and under the toilet while using the foating floor everwhere else.. It is easier to clean, too.
  8. donmoore1904

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    The floor surface right now is the uinderlayment that the tile was attached to before it was chipped away. The underlayment is in pretty good shape, and I was going to level the few places that a ply or two came up. HBer is the layout:
    w=wall x=tub deck f=floor t=toilet
    wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxfffffffffffw
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxfffttttfffw
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxTUBxxxxxxxxxxxxxxfffttttfffw
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxfffttttfffw
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxfffffffffffw
    ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffw
    ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffw
    ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffw
    ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffw
    ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffw
    ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffw

    I was hoping that since toilet is in a little alcove, the expansion and contraction would not be an issue. The advice to check with the maufacturer is good. I'll give that a shot. Don
  9. Mikey

    Mikey Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek

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    The reason I asked was the flange should sit on top of the finished floor, so if you're putting 3/4" maple down, you'll probably have to raise the flange.
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