Toto EL Drake install issue

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  1. ptjk192

    ptjk192 New Member

    Aug 27, 2009
    We just had our Toto 2 piece Drake installed and it now stands 1.5"+ from the wall. The plumber installed the rough-in at 12.5". Since our bathroom is only 59" wide and we need access to the shower through a glass door that will be swinging open, is there anything we can do to get the toilet closer to the wall?
  2. ptjk192

    ptjk192 New Member

    Aug 27, 2009
    Wood floor.
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  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington
    The Toto toilets that use an adapter which would move it back 2" would not work there.

    The tank would be buried in the wall.

    Many plumbers will install at 12.5" in case the homeowner surprises us with wainscoting or tile on the back wall.

    Since you have wood floors, you could move the rough-in.
    What the plumber did was normal.
    Toilets vary in length and how much space is left behind.
    He was trying to keep your options open.

    Toto Vespin II CST474CEFG with SS114 Softclose seat.
    This bowl was installed on a 13-1/2" rough-in using the 14" Unifit adapter.
    The water shutoff can be as close as 5-1/2" to the left of center, unless it's higher off the floor, and then it can be even closer to center.
    This shutoff had been replaced with a new 1/4 turn valve with brass nipple through the wall.
    Installation was by James Love of Love Plumbing & Remodel 206-949-5683
    In some of the older Seattle homes, the old toilets had been wall mounted tank toilets.
    Those typically are 14" rough-in and need a flange repair to use standard closet bolt connections at the flange.
    Everything is on the truck for that.
    The Vespin comes with a standard 12" adapter or you can order a 10" or 14" adapter depending on your rough-in distance.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2010
  5. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    The only way you will get any toilet to fit an exact distance from the wall is to custom fit the flange during construction. There may have been structural conditions such as a floor joist that forced the plumber to set the flange an extra 1/2" from the wall, but 12.5" is still a satisfactory distance from most applications. If moving the toilet 1.5" is really that important to you, then you should consult the plumber and perhaps the builder to ascertain the feasibility of redoing the drain and flange. Perhaps someday some ingenious person will invent a way to adjust a toilet fit without compromising the flushing action, but that doesn't exist today.
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