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Old 09-02-2011, 11:34 PM   #1
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Just finishing up a utility room 1/2 bath remodel and brought home the toilet today. After noticing the toilet would be about 1.5" from the wall, I looked at the box again and noticed that the 12" measurement is shown from the wall to the far end of the waste pipe. Should I have roughed-in the pipe 12" from wall to far end of pipe? or is this toilet an anomaly? Are toilets supposed to be 1.5" from the wall? (I've never seen one that was)

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Old 09-02-2011, 11:55 PM   #2
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the rough in distance of 12" refers to the distance from the finished wall and the center of the toilet flange.

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Old 09-03-2011, 12:08 AM   #3
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That's what I thought...so should I return the toilet and find one that's 12" from the wall? Or should the tank be 1.5" from the wall?
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As someone who has painted LOTS of bathrooms and also have laid tile in quite a few, I have seen the tank butted to the wall, two to three inches out etc. IMHO as long as you can get the wax seal set onto the flange properly and once the tank is installed and it does not move the bowl to stress that seal you are good to go. I have done bathrooms that have needed a 10" toilet vs. the normal 12", but in your instance, the tank 1.5 inches from the wall is not a problem. I would just paint first before final installation of the tank, the rest of the painting of the wall can wait. I added a pic of one of my tanks, it is only 1/2 or so away from the wall and I have never had a problem except trying to paint around it.
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Is this post about flooring? or plumbing? just saying....
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The toilet hole should be 12 1/2" from the studs to the center of the pipe---

That's in an ideal world---we live in the real world ,however. and 1 1/2" out from the wall should be something you can live with.

Consider adding a nice toilet top cabinet if the gap irritates you.
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How about one of those wonderful fluffy tank and seat cover sets that you Men Love So Much
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When I installed our toilets new here, I purposely left 1 1/2" gaps. ( easier to paint and keep clean behind tank) However, to insure no-one could lean back too hard and break the tank to bowl seal, (I saw that happen once) I added spacers between the middle of the tank and the wall to brace it. The braces are unseen.

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There are toilets where the position of the tank is adjustable.
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I have seen at least two where a 2X4 was attached to the wall behind the tank to prevent it from moving back too far if someone flops down and back. I didn't notice it until I was actually looking back there to paint. The 2 by was cut short enough to prevent it from being seen.
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Exactly, that's what I used. That and a little glue.

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My newly installed toilet is 4 1/2 inches from the wall???! This does not seem correct. What now?

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