Must floor be finished before installing new toilet?

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Old 07-02-02, 08:41 AM
Heidi and Moz
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Must floor be finished before installing new toilet?

I am not sure if anyone remembers, but we are the folks that were going to replace an old toilet imbedded in concrete in our old farmhouse. Well, we still haven't done it because now we have a new dilemma... We are going to put in a new tile floor eventually. The question is this, do we have to do the floor before we install the toilet? It appears that we may have to smash out the old toilet, extend the pipe, do the wax ring (allowinging for the thinckness of the new tile), THEN do the floor, THEN put in the toilet. Does this sound right? I was hoping we could put in the new toilet now and do the floor in a few months after some other bathroom stuff is taken care of.
 
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Old 07-02-02, 08:53 AM
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you can put the toilet in now but it will need to come out while you do the floor in a few months. you just reinstall it when you finish the floor
 
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Old 07-02-02, 09:13 AM
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I remember your concrete imbedded toilet.
I would go ahead and remove it, and put in a new flange.
The flange should sit flush on top of the new tile floor with only the thickness of the flange itself above floor level.
The flange needs to be bolted to the floor, and then the new toilet leveled on the new tile floor and bolted to the flange. The wax seal will work properly that way.
You will need a masonry drill bit to get through the tile and concrete to install anchors for the flange bolts.
Good luck!
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Old 07-03-02, 02:09 PM
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Must floor be finished before installing new toilet?

Thanks Old Guy and diemeto! One more question. If we remove the old toilet and put in the new one before we do the floor, putting in temporary bolts into the old floor (only to then remove it again later when tiling the floor), will the toilet be stabilized enough or would we have to put wood blocks or something to make it more stable? We live in the house and it is our only toilet so we can't be without for too long. Thanks again!
 
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Old 07-04-02, 05:08 AM
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If you want to install the new flange and toilet before tiling the floor, you can use plywood or wood blocks under the flange and toilet base the same thickness as the new tile floor until you tile.
A couple of pieces of plywood slightly larger than the toilet base with a half-hole cut out of each half to fit together under the flange would probably work best.
The flange needs to be bolted securely to the floor, even if temporary, so that the toilet won't move or rock and cause the wax seal to fail.
Good luck!
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