Moving the toilet?

Old 12-30-04, 07:51 AM
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Moving the toilet?

I need a new shower pan, and since the tile is 12" avocado green terazzo (yes, in the shower!!) I decided I would rather tear out the whole thing and put in a tub. Though I have an alternate floor plan, the best utilization of the space would involve moving the toilet. I'm not planning on doing that myself, but want to know if it is even feasible.
Old 12-30-04, 08:55 AM
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Feasable is a term only the person doing the moving of the toilet could answer. It depends on how far it is being moved, what alterations to the existing construction have to be made and the cost of such. It may call for major plumbing changes (mains and vents). You will have to get bids to see if it is "feasable" to you. Good luck.
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Things to check for that may eliminate moving the toilet as an option. If the joists run opposite the direction you wish to move the toilet then the waste pipe must run below the existing floor joists. This usually stops the idea. If you have forced air heat you can remove the floor register and stick your hand into the heat pipe. This is often a good indicator of which way the joist runs. Sometimes toilets and heating share the same pair of joists but do not meet. If this is the case and there is not room for both to run side by side, and you do not wish to or cant move the heat, then this stops the idea. Drains must have a slope, 1/4" per foot. Even if you can move your toilet between existing joists, can you move the toilet and connect to the existing stack without replumbing the "Y" the the toilet normally connects to. Replacing and lowering the "Y" connection significantly increases the cost of moving a toilet and extends the bathroom renovation into the room below the bathroom.

Moving a toilet through a joist space fron one side of a 5' bathroom to the other (3') is not a big deal, especially if you are going to gut the room anyway. Moving a toilet eight feet requires a 2' drop in elevation and probably would require changing the "Y" connection at the main drain stack. Hope this helps. Rogerb

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