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Old 10-20-2011, 07:38 PM   #1
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I came home today to find my newly installed $500 toilet is four and one half inches from the wall. This does not seem correct.....should I brace the toilet or in hindsight should I have had the pipes moved? What now?

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Old 10-20-2011, 07:58 PM   #2
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Okay this is weird!

Who bought and installed the toilet?

What's the rest of the story?

No one can help you if you are going to be mysterious about this.

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Not trying to be mysterious...I believe the toilet taken out was from 1923. Two contractors told me a 12 inch rough in would be fine. One gentleman told me I needed a 16 inch rough in (do they exist?) I purchased a 12 inch rough in and the contractor who said it would be fine and installed in continues to tell me it is fine....does it need to be braced? It looks incredibly curious and I'm not sure about the advice to "just put in a shelf" to cover the gap.
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:48 PM   #4
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You can return the toilet and get a 14" rough-in and then also use an offset flange.

This guy that is shoving this toilet down your throat is nuts. What you have is not "fine". Sixteen inch roughs existed decades ago I think but I don't know if they still do or not. It's time you found some different contractors.

Call a plumbing supply company and ask them what's available. Not a home center, a real plumbing supply company.
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:56 PM   #5
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you need a 14" rough in ....they do make them..I would get a new contractor....
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I agree....I have not paid him yet and plan to go a specific plumbing supply place in the morning to get confirmation on what I already believe to be true. Don't see how I can return a toilet I have already installed; perhaps I can use it upstairs when I remodel that bathroom by someone else. Should I just say, "Thank you" to this contractor or make him fix this with the new toilet?
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Don't see how I can return a toilet I have already installed.
Where did you buy the toilet?
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Pacific Sales which is part of the group of Best Buy electronics. Dumb me assumed that if he thought it did not appear correct, he would not have installed it. My husband believes it is just fine and I look like the nut! My controlling ways are based on experience...should have gone with my gut and overseen the project.
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Take it back.
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I purchased a 12 inch rough in and the contractor who said it would be fine and installed in continues to tell me it is fine....does it need to be braced? .
The contractor installed the toilet that you bought. Why now is it the contractor's fault that it is 4.5 inches from the wall? Look at it this way....you can easily paint behind the tank/bowl now. When you have lemons make lemonade.



question for Bud or Ben:

Besides aesthetics, what is wrong with the toilet being 4.5 inches from the wall as long as it is properly supported underneath

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Besides aesthetics, what is wrong with the toilet being 4.5 inches from the wall as long as it is properly supported underneath"
Seriously??? C'mon man...you know that isn't right! Don't tell me you are as "Don't-Give-a-Damnish" as the guy that installed the thing.
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For the poster:

Have you lost any room forward of the new toilet? Meaning is the base of the new toilet pretty much as far forward as the old one?
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On some toilets you can adjust the position of the tank (mine are that way). Not 4.5 inches, but maybe 2.5 or so.
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This morning I went to a specialty plumbing store. My story was not unheard of and, no, a 4 1/2 gap is not something I have to live with. I purchased a new toilet with a 14 inch rough in and made my husband deal with the contractor. He had him carefully remove the newly installed toilet, and showed them how the new one would fit. They were skeptical, yet surprised that it worked and, duh, looked better. He gave them a check, painted the back wall and installed the new toilet himself. Many lessons learned....
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They were skeptical, yet surprised that it worked and, duh, looked better.
Did they also admit to being epic morons?

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