I just reinstalled my toilet onto my bathroom floor which has new ceramic
tiles. It is the older style with two rear bolts and two screws at the
front. I had an awful time trying to determine where to put the holes for
the front screws - on the previous wood floor it was not a problem. I tried
putting the marker down the hole but when I tried to line up the the screws,
my holes were a little off - besides the screw would probably have to be
longer to compensate for the additional height due to the ceramics. In the
end, I just used the two rear bolts and everything seems to be fine - no
leaks, no rocking. Any suggestions as to how to handle a situation like
this in the future or did I try to make it harder than necessary?
Just a comment, the tank does not rock and there is no leak. The main
problem is that you can't access the hole with a drill because you can't
drill vertically. In addition there's not much room to swing a hammer if
you have a punch or similar device.
Just a thought, but how about some washable paint (the kind they sell
for kids that can be easily washed off of clothing and walls) in a
spray bottle for marking. Spray the hole copiously then wash the
paint off everything that it's not supposed to be on.
Is there enough clearance to go after it with a "close quarters" drill
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You'll have to position the toilet, put something through the front
holes to mark the correct postion, remove the toilet, drill the holes,
replace the toilet with the wax seal, and fasten it down.
I use a pencil to mark the position, then a hammerdrill to make the
holes. You can get a flex shaft for your drill, but the punch will be
really hard to use.
Drip the end of the drill bit in ink, mark the spots, pull the toilet
again, and drill the holes.
Personally, if I had it out anyway, I'd never put a weird toilet back.
(Unless maybe it was some strange style or color that matched all the
other fixtures, and replacing it would make the bathroom look wrong.)
This is relatively easy.
First remove the toilet and invert it. With a ruler measure the hole
pattern and drill it into a piece of plywood. Now insert pegs into the
holes in the plywood to make sure you have everything right.
When you are sure the holes in the plywood are right, attach the plywood to
the rear bolts and the holes in the front of the plywood are now in the
proper position to guide your drill without the tank being in the way.
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