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Old 08-27-2009, 05:50 AM   #1
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Drilling holes in tile for closet flange attachment

OK, so I finished my tiling and grouting and sealed the grout. I'm now ready to mount my closet flange. What is the standard method? Dry fit flange, mark holes to drill in tile, remove flange, drill holes, then glue in flange (being oh so carefull to align the holes in the flange with the newly drilled holes in tile)? Or do you glue in the flange first?

Also, what's the best drill bit for someone who only plans to do this once? I don't want to spend a fortune on the bit, but I also don't want to spend hours drilling four holes.

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Old 08-27-2009, 06:06 AM   #2
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Hindsight being 20/20, you might have saved yourself some work by notching the tiles for the screws. If you have an angle grinder and diamond blade, you could still make the notches with the tiles in place.

Otherwise, use a diamond tipped drill bit. Build a dike around the hole location with plumber's putty to contain some water to cool the bit. Take your time. You won't have any problems aligning the holes. Place some painter's tape on the tile next to the edge of the flange. Make a alignment mark on the edge of the flange and the tape. When you install the flange, start it in about 45 to 90 degrees off the mark and rotate it as you push down. Stop rotating when the marks align, then check the holes for any final adjustment. You need to work quickly, but not hurridly, since the glue will set pretty fast.
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Old 08-27-2009, 11:47 AM   #3
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Thanks. I knew about the keeping it saturated with water. A related question:

Should I drill all 4 holes for the closet flang, or is two enough? I can orient the flange such that one bolt hole is aligned with grout - should I do that and drill through the grout (should be much easier)?

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Old 08-27-2009, 01:45 PM   #4
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I'd drill all four unless there was a compelling reason to drill only two, and those two would be on the sides of the toilet, not front and back. The toilet needs most support to keep it from tipping to the sides.
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