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Old 01-28-2013, 11:00 PM   #16
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I'm actually surprised at how prevalent vinyl is in otherwise nice or decent homes. Such an easy upgrade. People will put in crown molding in their entire house before they'll put tile in their bathroom. I'd do the opposite, but what do I know?

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Never a good idea to tile around a toilet. The idiots that my parents rented to a few years back ripped up all of the bathroom tile (without permission, i might add) and retiled with vinyl tiles. problem was they tiled around the toilet and they pulled the toilet up to remove the old tile and then just put it back down and didnt replace the wax ring, so it began to leak. Dark tiles meant nobody noticed. Now that toilet is sitting in a divot in the floor, very close to going through the floor, on the second story. Bad combo. So now my parents have to shell out mega bucks to have a contractor come in and replace the subfloor, tile, and reinstall the bathroom fixtures. Never tile around a toilet. And if you pick up the toilet, use a new wax ring!
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Never a good idea to tile around a toilet.
With all due respect to this idea, to be fair tiling around the toilet does not cause it to leak. It's a dumb idea for other reasons.
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TrailerParadise, depending on where your parents live, they can file a small court claim against the tenants. Also, it may be covered under the insurance they are holding on the structure, regardless if caused by a tenant or not.
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Jeffnc, i know tiling around it doesnt cause it to leak, i was just making the point that if something happened to cause a leak, and you just tile around it, it makes an excellent pathway for water to get under the tile and start to rot out your subfloor without you knowing anything about it. Gregzoll, they already tried the small claims court deal, they couldnt find a forwarding address for the old tenants.
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Jeffnc, i know tiling around it doesnt cause it to leak, i was just making the point that if something happened to cause a leak, and you just tile around it, it makes an excellent pathway for water to get under the tile
True. In that case the main benefit of having tile under the toilet would be that the water would be visible on your bathroom floor as well so you'd notice it (but it would still get under and rot). Which is why you should not caulk around your toilet. But I digress.....

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