Wife and I retiled the floor and walls in one of our bathrooms this weekend.
The old ceramic tile was the original and I noticed while knocking it out
that the mortar was much thicker than what we had done in other rooms. Maybe
up to 1" thick. Well everything is now done except for putting the old
toilet back in. Started yesterday but of course now the flange is much
higher than the floor. When connected there is a 3/4"-1" gap between the
toilet and floor. Is there another idea of how to solve this problem besides
using 4x4 white tiles or maybe making something out of the tiles we used on
the floor to raise the area beneath the toilet. From what I can come up with
I am going to have to make a stage for the throne, lol. Thanks for any
input. Just interested mainly if others here have ran into this problem.
Should we have used way too much mortar like the original builders and
raised the entire floor? Concrete slab by the way.
What is the flange and the pipe made of??
Is there any space around the pipe or is the slab concrete poured
right against it?
If the flange is plastic, does it go *inside* the pipe
or *outside* the pipe?
The flange is cast iron (I'm guessing. It is rusted and definitely not PVC).
From the looks of things I'm stuck with the flange height unless I find a
bunch of money to pay a plumber to tear it out and redo it an inch or so
lower. I enjoy finding ways to drive myself crazy. lol
If you're game to try, you can use an angle grinder to cut the flange
(cut pipe flush with floor). Then insert an expansion flange made
cast iron situations like this. It has a rubber insert which opens up
when you tighten the bolts.
Oh Geez that sounds extreme. lol
I'd hate to have to pay a plumber to do that and I am afraid it sounds over
my head. I definitely would need to be introduced to a grinder, lol. I told
my wife last night I wished we had the opposite problem because I figured
there were many easier ways to raise the flange height but not lower it.
I'll do some quick research on cutting pipe and think about trying something
else for the first time, lol.
If I had tiled over my old floor that would be the way to fix it. We broke
up and threw out the old tile (Son has a thing for running water so most
everything including the 30+ year old mortar was shot). The mortar was over
an inch thick so when we put in the ceramic and thinset (mortar whatever) it
was 3/4" or an inch lower. I think I am about to start building a little
stage out of 4x4 tiles to sit the toilet on. I am scared of going the
grinder route. If the tile thing doesn't work I will have to call a plumber.
I had told my wife before we started that plumbing is one thing I am NOT
good at. LOL
I saw this situation on a TV show recently. I don't remember all of the
details, but I think they used the toilet base as a guide to mark a pattern,
then used a jigsaw to cut out a base to go under the toilet. They cut a
hole in the center of the base for the flange to come through. I just can't
remember what the base was made of -- I'm thinking some kind of plastic that
was the right thickness, but maybe it was just wood.
Anyway, I think your idea of building a stage or platform is the easiest way
OK now this is getting funny. The old flange was so rusted it broke. So now
I just returned from Home Depot with a grinder. Is this going to be fun?
Something funny to tell the paramedics when they cart me away?
I am experienced with tools but just would like to know what to expect. I
got the metal/steel grinding pad.
I think I am going to try once again to grind one of the sides of the cast
iron down a little to help make the new flange level. Just kind of freaked
me out with all of those sparks going for probably 10 minutes or so and all
it looked like was that I was polishing the pipe, lol.
I suppose the building up was a no-go, after the cast iron thing was no
longer any good.
I'd be a little scared of the grinder and all, but it's probably just
something that takes time. Most of the time you get a tool and within 60
seconds you expect your job to be over. Patience truly is a virtue. But if
you bought a grinder, just for this purpose, dollars to doughnuts it's gonna
work. Just give the tool time to work. Really can't see any other way to get
that down, either.
Yes, please keep us posted. Good luck.
While I don't use *instant messaging*, I can see a need for it with
That's not "too much" mortar. Sounds like the old fashioned thick-bed
mortar, an honorable craft. Or perhaps leveling compound.
Either you cut the flange down, or raise the pedestal.
I would make a paper template and use it to cut some marble or granite of
the right height to make a riser slightly larger than the contour of the
pedestal, and bed that in with thinset. With a diamond saw you can cut
stone to just about any shape you like. Use layers if you can't find stone
thick enough. Only thing I can think of that wouldn't look completely
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