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Unread 12-04-2001, 07:04 PM   #1
mitcheal
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i laid tile yesterday in the bathroom. i did a "level test" with the toilet, and even though i used a level when i installed the tiles, the toilet base is uneven. it's tilts to one side. how can i fix this? do i need to pull up the tile and lay it down again?

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Unread 12-04-2001, 07:41 PM   #2
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No sir we can fix it.

Toilets are one of those things in which you get what you pay for. Toilets are frequently crooked, out of round, out of oval, out of whack.

If you will loosen your anchor bolts or actually only remove the nuts, completely. Get some small wooden shims (you can buy them pre-packaged at the lumber yard) and then use these shims to level your stool, you can get it to look right.

Put about 50% value in what your level says and another 50% in the visual appearance.

You will need to cut the shims so they don't reach in to far and interfere with your flange or your wax seal. Play with it and get it where you want it.

Then mix up some more of your floor grout (sanded of course) and grout that sucker. You'll want the shims placed so that they don't show thru the grout. Dress it of nice and neat with your sponge. Let the grout set up firmly, 48 hours would be real good.

Then replace the nuts and tighten gently. Piece of cake!

What else?
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Unread 12-04-2001, 08:05 PM   #3
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so, with the toilet in place, use the shims to get it level, and then (with the toilet still in place), push grout into the area between the toilet and floor? grout will hold the weight?

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Unread 12-04-2001, 08:32 PM   #4
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Yep!

Be sure the grout is stiff so it doesn't sag or settle. Really stiff, so you have to flop it on the floor then push it under the stool foot.

Actually it's the shims that are going to be bearing all the weight. The grout will close the gap first then keep it from rocking any.

You should be using some plastic washers under the little metal washers to absorb a little of the tension when you snug the nuts.
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Unread 12-04-2001, 11:56 PM   #5
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Bud - another quick question: When you dress the grout nice and neat, do you leave a bevelled edge or dress it flush with side of base, and eventually use a matching caulk to prevent future cracks?

Thanks in advance!

-mike fossum
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Unread 12-05-2001, 06:43 AM   #6
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Mike,

No caulking. It traps water should you develop a leak. Terry Love (class plumber) recommends leaving the extreme rear of the toilet un-caulked. If a leak develops, you know it right away. This is extremely important when the toilet is installed over a wood floor.

Just make the grout look nice -- your choice.
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