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ciaraldi

11:20AM | 12/27/09
Member Since: 12/01/09
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I posted this in the Plumbing section with limited success, so I am trying again here...

My old house in Rochester NY was built in 1950. In the bathroom the toilet did not sit directly on the tile. Instead it sat on a rectangular base which was a few inches bigger than the footprint of the toilet. It was black and made from some dense substance, maybe some sort of stone or ceramic. It had a little gutter groove around the perimeter to catch condensation or minor leaks.

I have asked around, and this is sometimes called a "toilet pedestal" or a "closet slab". My problem is that I need one for my current house in Worcester, MA, and have not been able to find one locally.

I have called and/or visited the "big box" home improvement stores, most of the places listed under "plumbing supplies" in the yellow pages, and some of the ones under "building supplies". I even tried tile stores and custom home builders. Almost nobody had even heard of them, and those who did had no idea where to get one.

Online searching has only yielded reports that stores carry them only in certain parts of the country, especially if they are required by local building codes (which they apparently were in Rochester at that time).

So, my question is: Where can I get one in central or eastern Massachusetts, or online? I did find one place back in Rochester which had them, but that is 400 miles away and they were unsure if they could safely ship it.

In case you are wondering why I want one: I am planning to retile the bathroom floor. This can take several days, since the mortar and grout take time to dry. This is the only toilet in the house, and several days is too long to have the toilet out of service. With one of these slabs I can remove the old tile and remount the toilet on the slab all in one day. Then I can tile the rest of the floor at my leisure, since the tile only goes up to the edge of the slab.

Thanks in advance.

Handyman

06:00AM | 12/30/09
Member Since: 11/18/98
188 lifetime posts
http://www.bobvila.com/BBS/Solid_Base_Slab_For_Toilet-Plumbing-1-F11014.html

Local sources for something not required locally can be a hard find.

Just try to find a window unit air conditioner in Alaska.

Sorry I know you are looking for something and that is more of a tease

Do a google product search for, toilet base riser

http://www.google.com/products?hl=en

Good luck

ciaraldi

12:50PM | 01/02/10
Member Since: 12/01/09
8 lifetime posts
I made some progress this week, which I have documented in the Plumbing section.

Thanks for the tip on "toilet base riser", but that is not what I am looking for, for two reasons: They are generally made to go on top of the tile, and they are usually about 3.5 inches tall, which would raise the toilet too much.

By the way, the old toilet failed on New Year's Eve (long story), so I bought and installed a brand new Kohler Cimarron one-piece, which is working great so far.
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