Hi, want to remove an old toilet so that I can have access to repair
the bathroom walls. Once I remove the toilet is their a device that I
can buy to put over the opening so that gasses dont get released into
the bathroom.. I dont want to install a new toilet just yet, I have
work to do on the walls. Thanks
Would that be "towel", since it's a 4 inch
One fellow I met. Stuffed a foam coffee cup in the
opening. he said that worked well, to block the
sewer gasses. Got the job done, pulled the flush
handle and flooded the bathroom. Neglected to take
the foam cup out of the drain before installing
the wax ring and toilet. Oops.
A recycled coffee cup was what they always used on the apartment
construction sites when I was a wee lad, until the plumber started
buying the flanges with the knockout plugs in them. The knockout had
ears that extended over the bolt holes, to keep sleeping installers from
dropping a toilet over it with the plug in place. It wasn't a vapor or
water seal they were seeking, they just wanted to keep debris out, and
keep lazy tradesman from skipping the walk to the porta-potty.
Some things I learned the first week doing construction cleanup- if you
see a used drywall bucket with the lid on it- Don't Open It. Just
carefully throw the whole damn thing on the back of the dump truck. And
stick your head around the corner in closets before you hook the push
broom in there, looking for roach coach milk cartons with the top closed
back up. Slide the scoop shovel under them, and carefully drop in the
trash barrel without touching them.
On a large construction site, the veneer of civilization amongst the
trades was downright flimsy in spots.
But as to OP's situation. A rag works, or if there are kids on site, one
of those purpose-made plugs with the twist bolt in the middle. Those are
the best way, if there are other active toilets in the house.
On Thu, 18 Feb 2010 09:20:52 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
That didnt cut the mustard with my toilet.
I removed my toilet for a remodeling job and I shoved a rag in it.
There was just a draft blowing down from the vent that even with the
rag, fumers were blowing out of the hole. I had to first lay a
plastic sheet over the hole and THEN shove a rag down it to stop the
draft. The plastic acted as a air barrier.
I think the point is that it isn't rocket science. Just plug the thing
up with whatever is handy and works for you. A rag has worked for me
every time I've used one in the past 50 years or so. If it hadn't,
maybe I would have quickly figured out what was needed and improvised
On Thu, 18 Feb 2010 19:32:37 -0500, "Stormin Mormon"
YOu're not the only one who thinks this, but apparently no.
On 2/18/2010 11:32 AM, hr(bob) email@example.com wrote:
I built my own house. It was several years between the time I had the
main toilet/plumbing working and installing the ensuite toilet. I just
sealed the toilet flange with duc tape. It leaked a lot less gas than
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