OK getting ready to put floor tile in the bathroom...what do i do
about running it up against the toilet and bathtub? obviously i dont
want to life either...do i just run the tile against the base of the
tiolet and bathtub, then caulk and seal?
yeah had a feeling this would be the case. not too happy with trying
to pull the toilet. messy job, etc.
Not as messy as cleaning up after a tile job.
Unless the water shut off valve is stuck or something, you only ever need a
couple of raggy towels to dry up and a new wax or foam seal when you remount
It really isn't all that hard. I think you can skip the first article but
parts 2 and 3 are worth the read.
You may need to add a flange buildup to compensate for your tile. The are
about 6 bucks at the BORG.
pull toilet or get plumber to do it, or just admit your going to have
a half ass job. do you want to HAVE to do this again?
Did you use cement board? as floor underlayment?
do the job right, do it once and relax you wouldnt have to do it
Yes against tub, no, no, a thousand times no, against base of toilet.
You never want toilet sitting in a sealed pocket. If and when the wax
ring leaks, or bathroom floor floods for other reasons, the water will
leak down into floor and rot it. (No caulk job stays perfect forever.)
Pulling and resetting a toilet is easy. And if you caulk around base of
toilet, don't go all the way around- leave a couple inches in back open,
so water has a way to get out where you will notice it.
You have a real mindset against removing the toilet despite its ease
compared to the work, difficulty of fitting tiles and the general crummy
results you will have. Also if you have not done any preparation to the
floor, only vinyl tiles will have a chance of working, ceramics will surely
Different toilets have different bases in that their profiles are
different and the manufacturers are always changing them. In the
future if your toilet ever breaks or you want to change it for any
reason you will not be able to find one that has the same base that
you cut your floor tile to.
As for removing a toilet remember that a wet/dry shopvac is your best
I left a gap 'twixt the first tile and the tub (grout filled).
You've GOT to lift the toilet and tile underneath it otherwise the result
WILL look like crap. So doing will also facilitate changing toilets when
your old age mandates the taller kind.
Assuming you're using 12" tiles. Cut a bunch in half with a tile cutter or
angle grinder and use them as the baseboard.
I glued mine to the wall with liquid nails then went back and stuffed grout
in the gaps to match the floor.
Here's the result:
Note the home-made toilet tissue holder. In matches a towel rack.
The color and design of those two items were dictated by a reworked dresser
that was turned into a vanity.
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