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QuestionRefitting a toilet
Should I refit the toilet before or after tiling the floor?
Personally, I always like to refit the toilet after tiling the floor. In my mind it gives a neater finish & if you ever needed to replace the toilet it makes for an easier job. Obviously, this will raise the level of the toilet and the associated pipework, but there are many connectors available to get you back up and running.
IdealFlow 17th Feb, 2011
Tiling around a toilet or pedestal for that matter looks cheap and nasty. Do the right thing, remove the toilet and tile underneath. The finish will be a hundred times better.
Pure Building and Plumbing 17th Feb, 2011
There is never a reason to tile round a toilet, it looks bad and its usually done for speed! even if you have one toilet in your house and still need it any plumber will be willing to temp fit it, even if this means putting something under the toilet to keep it to the hight your tiles will eventually raise it to. Tiling round is usuall done when trades men dont want to come back after their part of the job has been done!
your bathrooms 24th Feb, 2011
Always tile under the Pan as this will resist any water ingress in later years when seals have perished and you begin to get a leak the water wont have an exit through the floor and will be evident earlier saving you a very costly exercise when it comes to replacing both the floor and the ceiling rather than just mopping up a puddle and dealing with whatever is leaking. I tend to seal the Pans down on tiles with a wooden fixing gripfixed on top of the tiles and screws driven in horizontally which removes the need to drill through the tiles and affecting the water resistance of the finish.
Dyno-Plumbing 17th Feb, 2011
connecter is called a offset and just pushes on. with a bit of greese. but be careful when scewing the toilet back down not to go to tight as the pan will crack. roy
northview property mainenance 17th Feb, 2011
Always tile the floor first, then fit your toilet.
Far better job.
B J D BUILDING/ROOFING 17th Feb, 2011
I away,s refit toilet and wash hand basin after I tile the floor for three reasons
(1)floor will be sealed a lot better with the tiles being laid under the toilet.
(2)it is also easer to do this rather than trying to cut tiles around toilet.
(3) It,s a lot better looking finish.
dj property trades 18th Feb, 2011
Never never never tile around a toilet or any part of your suite that you are having put in. I have had so many old jobs that have being done like this and I allways get the same comments made when i go in i.e. they wished the fitter would of tiled underneath ! Look lets be honest you will allways get a better finish if you tile behind and under toilets and sinks, and if the worst comes to the worst and you need to change them later on then there will be less money to spend on getting new tiles in.
Unique Bathrooms 24th Feb, 2011
Always tile under the toilet , looks far better and lasts longer
Head property maintenance 17th Feb, 2011
As a rule of thumb we will always install sanitary-ware once the floor has been tiled as the overall finish is far greater quality , you also dont have to cut tiles around an awkward shapes !
however it does depend on the situation, if you are working in a property with one w/c sometimes these projects need thinking about prior to commencing especially if there is somebody living in the property whilst the work is taken place
East Quay Bathroom Design 20th Feb, 2011
i always tile the floor first then fit the toilet, sink pedestal etc, it always gives for a smarter finish. Just make sure are no pipes under the floor when you secure them. Another tip,when you have marked the tiles where to drill, place a strip of maskingtape over te mark and then drill through this will stop the tile from cracking, don't have the drill on hammer action either!
JTC Property Maintenance 8th Mar, 2011
you can also buy a flexible pan adapter tha will help you get out of tricky angles
AEB Bathroom Installations 17th Feb, 2011
tile it first! you do not want to be cutting tiles around a toilet that is completely wrong. In the future if you have to move, repair or change toilet you wont have tiles missing and an unlevel toilet. Even wen installing lino you shoule go under as water can penetrate underneath the lino and cause damp to floor. the only time you would tile or lino around a toilet pan is when the toilet is cemented into the floor.
mcmahon 19th Feb, 2011
Always tile and grout the floor then you fit the toilet
titi_cash 18th Feb, 2011