Replacing Old Toilet


Old 05-19-01, 08:43 AM
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I have an Eljer 1957 model toilet that is bolts 9" away from the wall. My wife ordered new fixtures for the bath and the rough in for the new toilet is 12". My guess is that the new one won't fit without some "extra steps" before installation. What are my options in solving this problem. thanks
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Old 05-19-01, 08:52 AM
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9 inches from the wall? You may be in trouble. You can get toilets that are 10" deep (called a 10" rough in) but if you are tight against the wall you will need to redo the pipe underneath the toilet to make the new one fit. This pipe called the closet bend is the elbow shaped pipe that has the toilet flange attached to it that is the adapter that holds the bolts and keeps the toilet in place. You will need to cut the closet bend and floor to bring those bolts and the center of the pipe out to 12". This process will vary depending on the material the closet bend is made out of and what your access underneath is like. good luck you are in for a bit of work.

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