10 inch rough in by mistake

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by Silvia, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. Silvia

    Silvia New Member

    Feb 27, 2014
    I just did a lot of research on toilets and chose a 12 inch rough in model for a new house. My builder then informed us that 2 of the 4 new toilets are going to have to be 10" which eliminates my first choice. The house specs call for 12". Should we ask him to change the floor joists to comply with the plans? Should we ask him to pay the difference between the Drake II that I wanted and the Vespin, which has the same tank that Drew me to the Drake II? Will it be difficult to find 10" replacement toilets in the future? (I renovated a bath once with a 14" rough and it was a huge hassle to find the right toilet). Last question, can a Drake II tank go on an Eco drake bowl or other 10" bowl?
  2. wjcandee

    wjcandee Wise One

    Apr 27, 2012
    New York, NY
    I don't see anything wrong with asking that your house be built to spec. However, you have a good idea about subbing, say, a Vespin II. I can't predict the future, but certainly a non-standard rough-in reduces ones options, just as it does today.

    Your Drake II tank fits the Vespin II and the Drake II. Says so right on its box. It's not designed to go on any other bowls, and I wouldn't try to mess with it on any other bowl.
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  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington
    It's too late to ask the framer to move the floor joists. This stuff happens in construction though.
    I don't see it as a big issue though. It seems that 5% of homes have a non-standard rough and for various reasons. They will always make toilets for those exceptions. And you can expect whatever you install to last for years.
  5. Reach4

    Reach4 Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2013
    That seems fair to me. I am not a pro. Toilets last a long time if they are not replaced for style reasons.

    Of course in 10 years, people may be saying white toilets, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops? How dated!
  6. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    The best answer I can offer is to use a Toto model that uses their Unifit adapter. Excellent toilets and will look just like they are on a 12" rough in. I doubt there is anything reasonable that your builder can do.
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