The received wisdom appears to be that whereas it's ok to place a toilet on
top of laid vinyl flooring, if using ceramic floor tiles the toilet should
be positioned first and the tiles cut around the toilet base.
Is there any particular reason for this? Is it just a case of the weight of
the toilet (plus a person sat on it!) could crack the tiles?
China bogs are not made to the highest standards and the bottom is
likely to have high spots on it. Hence a bum of size sitting on it
could exert pressure in the tons range on a tiny area under it and
break a ceramic. Any sort of cushion will cure this or not putting the
tiles under it.
I wonder where you received that advice from.
I have never found any problem after fitting a toilet onto ceramic tiles,
they will not break or crack if fitted correctly.
It looks much untidier if tiled after (in fact it mostly looks bodged ).
Am I right in assuming that even when the bowl is refitted on top of the
floor tiles...you would still finish it with sealer. ?
If you are going to do that anyway.... then the tolerances on the cuts would
be quite achievable by even the newest of newbies.
I spent ages marking..measuring cutting..marking measuring cutting and
eventually achieved a very neat (though I do say so myself) almost perfect
edge only to seal it anyway, knowing what men are like when they pee !
.....well its hardley sniper quality is it ?
All because I also thought that the tiles would crack quite easily under the
No need for the offset pan connector - there is a long run of freely
suspended waste pipe behind the loo (which I will be boxing in) and that
will allow enough 'lift' for the depth of the tiles. I will certainly be
using plumbers mait however.
One other consideration as happened to me. 20 years ago I tiled the
cloakroom floor. Beautiful ceramic tiles, expertly laid and precisely
cut around the bottom of the toilet.
8 years ago SWMBO sees the loo of her dreams, German, push button and
very expensive. Out comes the old loo and guess what, the new loo
doesn't cover the hole in the floor tiles, I can't get new tiles and I
don't have enough spares to fill the hole.
The only solution I could come up with was to cut a piece of plain vinyl
flooring material to cover the hole which I filled with mortar and sit
the new loo on the vinyl. It actually looks quite good.
Having a bathroom renovate my toilet was fitted after the tiles was
laid.This was planned at that stage with the plumber.
Allowance made by fitting a tile underneath, connecting the plumbing and
then removing toilet for the floor tiler.
A bit long winded but very clean and hygienic. The plumber sat the toilet on
spots of clear mastic.
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