I'm re-doing a half-bath, and the rough-in for the toilet is 14 inches but
the toilet we want to use is a standard 12 inches (there aren't a lot of
styles available for 14 inch toilets, alas).
Installing an offset flange seems to be a pretty straightforward job -- if
the pipes are PVC. But my house is old, and the refuse pipe is iron. Is it
still possible to install an offset flange? Should I call a professional?
Should I accept a 14 inch rough-in?
Thanks for your advice!
Not a big fan of the offset flanges.
Do you have the old lead style connecter from the flange to the soil pipe?
It is the connection that will be the problem. Might be easier to build out
the wall section with a short wall and top it off with a shelf.
I have cast iron for one bath which is
on a slab. I needed to move the
toilet a few inches to the right to make
the remodel work. I used an
offset PVC flange with a piece of
straight PVC attached and going into
the cast iron. I used one of the rubber
attachment "gaskets" to make
it all tight. The hardest part was
cutting the PVC about 3" below the
top of the floor. I obviously couldn't
get to the pipe from the underside.
So, I used a 3" cutoff wheel attached to
a extender. I used a router running
at very slow speed (using a Variac).
The router table was flat on the
old cast flange and slowly but surely, I
was able to cut the pipe and
remove the flange and about 3" of cast
pipe. It was a lot of work for
2", but the powder room was so small, it
made a remodel possible. The
room now looks big, even though none of
the walls were moved.
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