Replacing Vinyl flooring with Tile in bathroom and have toilet question

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by 91Aggie, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. 91Aggie

    91Aggie New Member

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    We are replacing the vinyl flooring in our bathroom with tile.

    Here's the plan:
    1) Take toilet out (I know how to do this).
    2) Put tile down.
    3) then put toilet back in.

    My question is on part #3. Will I have to do anything complicated since the tile will put the toiler up a little higher than when it was sitting on the vinyl?

    Or will the wax ring make up that slight difference in height?

    I've read about and seen videos on replacing toilets, but nothing on the internet I can find talks about this particular issue, so I want to make sure I don't need to anything with what is currently attached to the concrete floor.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. FloridaOrange

    FloridaOrange Plumbing Designer

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    Ideally, your flange should sit on or at the level of the tile, if necessary it can work with the top of the flange level with the tile. Any lower and you can have issues.
  3. 91Aggie

    91Aggie New Member

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    So, can that flange be easily raised?

    Is this a major plumbing job, or something a DIYer can do relatively painlessly?
  4. FloridaOrange

    FloridaOrange Plumbing Designer

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    There are extension rings that can be added to bring the height of the flange up. DIY is fine in 99.9999% of the jobs as long as the original flange is in good condition.
  5. 91Aggie

    91Aggie New Member

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    Thanks for your fast response. I think that confirms what I've found since posting here (adjusted my Google search and found some other sites that talk about this issue).

    Feeling much better about this now!
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    FloridaOrange Plumbing Designer

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  7. 91Aggie

    91Aggie New Member

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    Thanks... My brother (who owns a Ceramic Tile installation business) is doing the actual tiling, so I've got that under control! :D )
  8. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    If the flange is low, it may take two wax rings, or something like a Fluidmaster Waxless seal.
    If you use the Waxless seal, it pushes on the bowl first.

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    If you use the Fluidmaster waxless seal, push it onto the bottom of the bowl first.
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2009
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