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Old 06-18-2013, 02:57 AM   #1
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The toilet that I have is designed to be set at 12" from the finished wall. ARe there any potential problems with setting it at ~14" or so instead of at 12"? I have read where sitting it out a little further can leave you enough room to get a roller behind the tank when painting but this particular bathroom will probably be tiled but not sure yet. I would rather have it sitting out a little further than too close (obviously). One thought I have right now is a cabinet that will slide down around the toilet with a back on it that would require extra space behind the tank.

Any potential problems or issues with sitting out 2" further?

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Old 06-18-2013, 08:29 AM   #2
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I see no problem. But if you're concerned, there are toilets available that have an adjustment for the position of the tank.

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The toilet that I have is designed to be set at 12" from the finished wall.
ARe there any potential problems with setting it at ~14" or so instead...
Have you already put the pipe at 14"?

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Any potential problems or issues with sitting out 2" further?
Several.The tank breaking is #1. Fill that space with something solid.
(additional framing and drywall will do)
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In a smaller bathroom, it looks terrible with a toilet that far from the wall. My moms has a pre manufactured home that has about 2-3" behind the toilet in a small bathroom and it pisses me off. I hate it that they didn't take the time to measure properly and get it closer to the wall.

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A toilet is a free standing fixture- not a wall mount.
That said- you can bust the tank if you lean back to hard
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You're being told right. Get that toilet as close to the wall as you can. (remembering that the lid needs some clearance)

For REpainting (because you should do the original paint job BEFORE installing the toilet) just take the tank back off... a ten minute job at the most.
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If your putting a cabinet behind it the 2" is fine.
If the cabinet doesn't fill the space just put a small piece of wood(small enough that it won't be seen) between the cabinet and the toilet to support the toilet should someone lean back on it
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Your not suppose to lean back against the tank. It's a throne folks not a chair....
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Thanks everyone. I didn't mean to take this long to reply but ended up taking a short notice vacation. The drain isn't set yet but I decided to set it as close as I could. As Willie pointed out, removing the tank to paint is a 10 minute job. Thanks to everybody who replied, it was all helpful and informative information for me.

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