Moving a Toilet 3 inches sideways.

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by Troy_SLC, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. Troy_SLC

    Troy_SLC New Member

    Aug 8, 2012
    Salt Lake City
    I'm getting ready for a bath remodel. The toilet is positioned in a 32 inch space but it's 3 inches left of center. That puts it too close to the left wall. I want to center it during the remodel but I fear the reason it's not centered now is that a joist prevented the last contractor from centering it. Does anyone know of a solution if that indeed is the case, that a joist is interfering. I believe the joists run parallel with the toilet and not perpendicular. Thanks.

  2. kreemoweet

    kreemoweet In the Trades

    Sep 7, 2009
    Seattle. WA
    If a joist "prevented" the contractor from installing the toilet where it should, then he/she was not much of a contractor.
    Framing can and is routinely "adjusted" in such circumstances. After-the-fact modifications could be a different story.
    In any case, your first step is to open the area up enough to see exactly what's going on.
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  4. Tom Sawyer

    Tom Sawyer In the Trades

    Nov 29, 2010
    Yep, you cut it out, head off the joist, drill the header and life goes on.
  5. ilya

    ilya In the Trades

    Dec 10, 2009
    home repair -I am not licensed and never represent
    Akron Ohio
    Once in a while, you remodel the joists while you're at it. If you must, cut a piece out, and "head it off". Which means use the same dimension lumber to connect the cut ends of the joist to it's neighbors. Use approved joist hangers and nails. Not screws! Screws are brittle, and break easier than nails.
  6. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

    Feb 6, 2011
    NW Ontario, Canada
    I used an offset flange in our upstairs bathroom. It won't give you 3 inches though if the current one is already tight to the joist.

  7. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    As long as you have to cut and head joists, avoid using an offset flange. These are a potential problem. You have a lot of work ahead of you, so do it right while you are at it. A bit more work perhaps, but little added expense. Make sure the new flange is roughed-in at 12". This will make your choice of toilets unlimited.
  8. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Just a reminder, if you're going to cut the joist, before you do, put in adequate temporary bracing to hold it in position until you can rebuild things.
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