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I've read 6-7 threads where almost all plumbers use adhesive caulk around the base of the stools. Some say all the way around or leaving the just the back open, depending on code. This prevents urine or water from getting under the stool. It also stabilizes the stool a bit. I get that. I understand everyone is against silicone as well. But when I pull a stool, and I have to cut or knife the caulking joint that is under the stool base, it gets maddening. When lifting the stool, any adhesive caulk not cut completely can pull up old or loose tiles, patches of linoleum, and wood finishes. Trying to get a putty knife or box blade knife to cut the caulk risks scratching the floor with the handle of the tool trying to run it parallel with the floor as well, especially marble and stone. I noticed that the recommended caulk Terry uses is also an adhesive caulk. Who wants to glue the stool to the floor knowing they are going to have to remove it later. If the caulk does come apart with out damage to the floor, often there is residual caulking adhered to the floor. If the floor is rough/native stone, wood, or there are tile joints under the outline, removing the adhesive caulking can be a chore too. When the foot print of the new stool is different than the old stool, caulking still stuck to the floor is problematic. Also, any knife marks under the rim when trying to cut the caulk shows up outside the base of the different stool. Am I crazy? There has got to be a better way than using adhesive caulk on all floor surfaces.