Is it possible to move a toilet slightly?

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Old 03-31-05, 07:08 PM
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Is it possible to move a toilet slightly?

Two of our toilets have the same problem... the lid will not stay up. If you lift it and rest it against the tank it just falls back down. I think it is due to the toilet being mounted to close to the wall.

I don't know much about these things and am wondering if there is any "play" as far as the floor drain goes? Is it possible to move the toilet slightly forward and still hook up with everything or can it only be mounted dead-center on the drain?

Or is there any easier ways to fix this? None of my attempts have worked for very long.

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Old 03-31-05, 07:25 PM
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Never had this come up before. You can loosen the nuts that hold the toilet down and slowly pull it forward. It won't move a WHOLE lot but should move some. The slots in the flange will only permit minimal movement. A little movement will probably not break the wax seal. This is not really a good idea but the only way you can solve your problem. Good luck.
 
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Old 04-01-05, 08:32 AM
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Thanks for the reply majakdragon.

Not really that surprised to hear it is a new one. Builder (Pulte) seems to have done a lot of strange things. Or most likely did them the quickest & cheapest ways possible rather than the proper ways.

Will try your advice this weekend.

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Old 04-02-05, 07:48 AM
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If it were me, I would not mess with the toilet. I would drill the holes in the toilet seat a little bigger and try to move the toilet seat. If you mess up the toilet seat it can be replaced cheeply. The other thing you might do is replace the toilet. Lowes has a toilet that costs about $45.00 that has a 100% glazed trap that works great. I have one in my house and I love it. Make sure you get a toilet with a 100% glazed trap, if you don't have a Lowes near by. You will need a wax ring, the bolts that hold the toilet to the floor and maybe a new supply tube. You may need to find someone who put toilets in before to help.
 
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Old 04-02-05, 07:34 PM
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I like that idea of moving the seat. I wonder if the tank is not on plumb. If the tank is on plumb and the lid fits on right it really wouldn't matter how close it was to the wall would it. Is the floor level. If you try to move the toilet forward make sure you don't have a rigid water supply. Replaceing the tolet might help but if the rough in is wrong it might not. there's only one way to find out if you broke the wax seal --Do you have a padded toilet seat. If you do get one with less padding or no padding. I assume you checked that out already though. If you have to you can get a toilet with a shorter rough in furnished and installed by the builder of course---if it turns out to be the rough in.
 
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Thanks for the replies guys.

Didn't end up having a chance to try sliding forward over the weekend (it was too nice to be inside) and am glad for that as I definitely like the idea of lengthening the slots & sliding the whole seat assembly forward more. Seems less likely to result in a big mess!!
 
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