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Old 06-28-2005, 04:04 AM   #16
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Which comes first-floor or vanity?


I think caulking around a toilet should be based on asthetics only. If caulk is requested, leave the back open. If the toilet develops a leak you will know before it results in major water damage.

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Old 06-28-2005, 07:43 AM   #17
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Which comes first-floor or vanity?


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I caulk around all tubs, showers, toilets, and vanities in bathrooms that I remod.

Especially around toilets. If they leak, it keeps the water contained to the toilet area.

I always seal the bottom of vanities or any wooden structure that meets the floor with polyurethane (3 coats for assurance.)
I forgot to mention when I caulk around toilets I don't caulk in the back (about 2 inches). If the wax ring starts to leak it gives the water a place to go and hopefully it is easier to detect. If you totally seal it especially a second floor toilet, you won't know it is leaking until it stains the ceiling below. Just my 2 cents worth.
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Old 06-28-2005, 05:44 PM   #18
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Which comes first-floor or vanity?


Anyone who has ever picked up a commode that has been sealed and later leaked knows what they are talking about. The stench will permeate the house and MAY go away in a day or two. Here, we get these little, nematode looking things that want to slither all over the place.
I would definitely not recommend sealing the entire base.
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Which comes first-floor or vanity?


When you say you seal, do you mean you put polyurethane on the bottoms of the vanities before installation?

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I caulk around all tubs, showers, toilets, and vanities in bathrooms that I remod.


Especially around toilets. If they leak, it keeps the water contained to the toilet area.

I always seal the bottom of vanities or any wooden structure that meets the floor with polyurethane (3 coats for assurance.)

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