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Old 07-27-04, 08:39 AM
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Thumbs down installing toilet

i've gutted my bathroom, tiled the floors/walls and am preparing to install a new toilet. i've never installed a toilet before, but in the process of removing teh old one, i got the feeling that installing a new one wouldn't be that difficult.
currently, all i have in the floor is the waste hole/pipe opening (it used to have some kind of wax on it before i scraped that off.) my question(s):
do i need to add a new pvc fitting onto this pipe, and then add the wax ring? can i just add the wax ring? do i need to adjust for a now higher floor (by about 3/4-1" (subfloor and tile).

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Old 07-27-04, 08:56 AM
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A toilet flange should sit flush on top of the finished tile floor with only the thickness of the flange itself above finished floor level for the wax ring to seal properly. (It must have a flange.)
The flange should be bolted to the floor, and the toilet bolted to the flange so that it cannot move.
Use an awl or other sharp-pointed tool to mark the tile to keep the masonry drill bit from walking.
You can raise the flange if you're over a crawlspace or basement, or get a flange extension made for the purpose if you're on a slab, or you can double the wax rings. All will work.
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Old 07-27-04, 03:20 PM
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thanks for the response. just want to make sure i get this right. the bathroom is on the second floor, so i can't raise what's already there. I assume what is there is the original flange because it has two holes, which i recalled was where the original toilet was bolted. so will one end of the extension flange be bolted into the existing flange? and then the toilet will be bolted into the other end of the extension flange? how does this relate to drilling into the floor tiles (especially if the tiles are shaped around the existing flange/hole)?

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Old 07-29-04, 09:24 PM
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O.K., if you can't raise the flange, either get a flange extension kit or double the wax rings. Use a wax ring with a plastic horn for the top one, if you go that route.
An extension flange should be securely bolted down.
The two slotted holes in the flange are for the toilet base bolts, which should be positioned at 9 and 3 o'clock. You can hold them upright in place with little dabs of the old wax ring wax or a couple of nuts on them.
If you use new toilet bolts, you may have to saw them off with a hacksaw so that the caps will fit over them.
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