01:50PM | 05/26/07
Member Since: 05/25/07
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Greetings. Working on a small bathroom project. I need to replace an old toilet, and the existing flooring is ceramic tile (1/4" thick). The old toilet is fastened to the flooring beneath the tile, with the tile cut around it.

The new toilet is slightly larger around the base area than the old one. A friend suggested I trace the shape of the new toilet onto the tile, and simply use a rotozip-style tool to cut the shape carefully. Since that could cause a lot of trouble, I would rather just install the new toilet on top of the tile. Since the tile is 1/4" thicker than the flooring where the old toilet attaches, should I just pick up some sort of spacer or thicker flange to give me the extra 1/4" lift? Any ideas?


06:45AM | 05/27/07
Member Since: 05/25/07
4 lifetime posts
Just wanted to bump this up a little... anyone have any ideas for me? Thanks


06:52AM | 05/27/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
1548 lifetime posts
Sometimes depending on the material I just remove the existing the existing floor flange and lead wipe a deeper brass flange onto the existing lead pipe.

If it cast iron or galvanized steel I use either a longer caulked cast iron floor flange and if it is No Hub CI I use a quick set cast Iron floor flange that does offer several different heights.

OR you could possibly use a Hercules wax gasket (Johnnie bowl ring) with the plastic horn if your local code allows it but you may need longer brass floor flange bolts


01:02PM | 05/29/07
Member Since: 06/20/05
53 lifetime posts
I installed a waxless ring in our bathroom:

These can be adjusted for additional height and I have heard them recommended for exactly your situation. So far, we've had no problems with it. Some people have complained that it does not attach to the toilet, but there is a rubber gasket that seems to cling to the horn pretty well.


06:56AM | 06/02/07
Member Since: 05/25/07
4 lifetime posts
Two good suggestions, I'll see what I can do with them. Thanks again!


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