COMMUNITY FORUM

ciaraldi

11:20AM | 12/27/09
Member Since: 12/01/09
8 lifetime posts
Bvflooring
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
187 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.
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

If you have a spare desk sitting around, you can easily convert it into a custom vanity. Cut away the back portion of the ... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... A kitchen in a greenhouse—who wouldn't enjoy spending time in this light-filled space? Details that enhance the conservato... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... The Infinite Artisan Fire Bowl from Eldorado Outdoor is made from glass-fiber reinforced concrete, and offered in Oak Barr... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp1