Tiling floor - help

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by HDFAN1, Aug 1, 2007.

  1. HDFAN1

    HDFAN1 New Member

    Jul 30, 2007
    OK, I just read the post about tiling under the flange. I am remodeling and putting in tile, on a cement slab floor, and this old house does not have pvc, it has the lead bend. Don't think I can do anything with it.

    Sooo, am I going to have problems when I try to install my new ultramax toilets over these old flanges? Friends have told me to just tile up to the flange and not worry about it. They know about as much about plumbing as me, which is squat, so I am asking you experts for advice.

    I don't know if this matters, but the tile I am going to use is a 1/4 inch thick porcelain tile.

    This whole remodel deal is startin to get on my nerves.
  2. geniescience

    geniescience Homeowner

    Nov 27, 2005
    humid summers hot, humid winters cold
    i think you already know the answers, from reading again and again the various threads.

    on the one hand, and on the other hand... you could use a thicker wax ring or a waxless ring...

    A thin tile doesn't raise the floor as much as a thick tile, and besides, I'm pretty sure there was some other floor covering like vinyl or lino before, wasnt't there? So when you factor it all in, the new floor will be __ millimeters or __ times 1/16th" higher level than before. Do the math and see how much new height you have.

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  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington
    You can tile around the flange and use enough wax to seal with .
    If the flange is lower than the finished floor, you can use either two wax rings, a thick ring, or the Waxless seal.

    Either way, it's going to be a happening thing.
  5. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

    Jun 12, 2006
    There's also a flange extender-spacer kit by Oatey.

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  6. BAPlumber

    BAPlumber Plumber

    Jul 18, 2007
    Journeyman Plumber, business owner
    Vashon, Washington
    is there an existing flange there or just lead? post some pictures.
  7. HDFAN1

    HDFAN1 New Member

    Jul 30, 2007
    Yes, there is an existing flange there.

    Thanks Terry, I will try & make it work. I'm picking up two Ultramaxs Friday morning. Was gonna go with a one piece Kohler Cimarron in the "light duty" bathroom, but thought, what the heck. $75 more, and if this forum is right, no worries ever from either bathroom.

    I'm really glad I found this Forum. lots of good info. here.
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