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luvtobemom

03:56PM | 03/02/03
Member Since: 02/28/03
9 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
We have 25 year old carpet (UGH) in our ensuite bathroom. I want to surprise my husband and tile the floor, but I know I have to remove the toilet first. Can you tell me how? I'm pretty strong! ) When I reinstall it, will I have to adjust something to compensate for the height of the tile? Please & thanks in advance,

Lori

rpxlpx

05:52AM | 03/03/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
If you're talking about linoleum tile, then no, you shouldn't have to do anything to compensate for that small difference.
Have an old towel or newspapers ready to set the tank and bowl on.
Shut off the water valve at the wall below, left of the tank. Flush the toilet and then use a sponge or rag to get the last bit of water out of the tank. Disconnect the water line from the bottom, left of the tank. Remove the 2 nuts that are holding the tank to the back of the bowl. Lift off the tank and set aside.
Remove remaining water from the bowl. Remove the 2 nuts from the bolts in the floor (on either side of the bowl at floor level- usually covered with plastic caps). Lift the bowl and place carefully on towel or papers.
NOTE: the bottom of the bowl us usually a mess. Be careful how you set it down.

To replace, reverse this procedure.

You might need a new seal for the bottom of the bowl. These are inexpensive - around one dollar if you get the beeswax seal - at any hardware. It is messy. You'll need to clean out some of the old one to make room for the new.
Good luck.

luvtobemom

08:35AM | 03/03/03
Member Since: 02/28/03
9 lifetime posts
Thank you so much for the instructions! I'm printing them out now. I was thinking ceramic tile though, not lino. Will that height screw up my well-laid plans?

TIA,
Lori

rpxlpx

05:01AM | 03/04/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
I hope your husband will be gone for more than just an afternoon because it'll take much longer than that for the adhesive and grout for the tile to dry.
(Also, have you considered a concrete backer?)
As to whether the extra height will prevent the commode from fitting, I think you'll be OK, but maybe others can add more info.
Just make sure the seal doesn't allow any moisture to go anywhere but down the drain. If moisture gets under the bowl, it'll eventually rot the floor.
Good luck.
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