I'm thinking to replace my standard round two pieces toilet in the
guest bathroom with one piece Briggs elongated toilet.
I don't know anything about this so please bear with me. The spare
bathroom is tiny. When the tile man removed the toilet to install the
tiles, there was a big nasty hole there. I'd like to know if the new
one piece would fit right in that hole.
How do I know for sure it will fit? Do I need to measure from the
center of the hole to the wall (yuck!)? Just don't want to carry that
thing home and it doesn't fit.
Thanks for all your input.
You need the measurement from the center of the pipe to the wall.
if its easier to measure , get from the pipe edge to the wall, and the
pipe diameter (although the are a standard size.
I hope if the old toilet is removed that you have a temporary cap on
that sewer line. even platic wrap from the kitchen is better than
You measure from the center of the flange (hole) to the surface of the
wall. It's probably 12 inches. There are also 10" rough-in toilets (I
think that's the measure) if a standard 12" won't fit. Last time I was
looking at flanges at HD, I think I saw some offset flanges that would add
2 inches to the rough-in distance.
BTW, you need to cover the hole with a margarine tub lid or something --
keep sewer gas out of your house, and keep things from falling down the hole.
I put in a 1-piece toilet about 3 or 4 years ago. I've had no problems
with it at all, and it flushes much better than my old toilet. It
hasn't needed a new flapper yet. I imagine replacing the overflow tube
and flapper seat would be an interesting chore (where do you access the
nut?) I did replace the pilot-operated fill valve with an old-fashioned
brass ballcock after the plastic fill valve water-hammered itself to
death after just a few months.
I'm remodeling the bathroom now, and I will have to pull the toilet up
to tile behind it, then again a couple of days later to grout. :-( If
it was a conventional toilet I could just remove the tank for each of
One-piece are also a lot heavier and cumbersome to move. They are fine
when they are bolted down, and they are easier to clean than a 2-piece.
If the room is already 'tiny' be careful with the elongated toilet. They do
stick into the room farther than a standard round model, so be sure that
things like doors open (both the door to the room and to cabinets and linen
closets). If they are already close to the bowl when you open them, they
are likely not to clear the elongated bowl. Also keep in mind that toilet
seats are somewhat more expensive for these, and if the wife likes to put
one of those fuzzy seat covers on the lid, these too are hard to find for
But -- keep in mind some of the "round" toilets are only suitable for women
to use. They are so small that parts of the male anatomy will contact the
porcelain or the water level if it is high. Very uncomfortable and
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