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Old 11-23-2014, 01:16 PM   #1
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So, after three years of holding out we're finally going to finish tiling the floor in the single bathroom in our wee little house.

I know we should have probably used Ditra or whatever it's called, but we didn't and the rest of the floor hasn't imploded in three years so we're going to live with our process of going without it.

When I pull the existing toilet I know that some water is going to get on the plywood subfloor. My question is, or rather my assumption is that we can't start applying mortar and tiling until that plywood is completely dry correct?

Is there any method of reducing the amount of water that's inevitably going to spill out of the bottom of the toilet when I remove it? I'm going to scoop out as much as humanly possible after I shut off the water.

I'm really not going to enjoy anything about this process whatsoever, which is probably why I've held off for this long.

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Jam some old towels into the bottom of the tank and into the neck of the toilet to sop up any leftover water and prevent it from sloshing all over the place.

And lay down more old towels on the floor everywhere you can. Just down trip over them.

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Thanks ZZZZZ! That's a great idea!
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Use a sponge to sop up water in the tank and in the throat. If you lift the toilet straight and don't tilt it too much it won't leak any water out of the trap. Just be sure to have a path and a place to go with the toilet once you have a hold of it. The bottom will probably have a wax ring stuck to it so be careful where you set the unit down, it will make a waxy mess there. As far as the water...this water is the same water you bath in and you drink and cook with so calm down.
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Thanks Bud! More good advice! Yep, going to have a clear path straight through to the back door with a garbage bag to set the thing down on. Ha, I'm not worried about whether or not the water's clean but moreso about whether or not we can tile the same day if the plywood does get some water on it.

Basically, this is the only toilet in the house so time is of the essence.
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Use a wet vac on the bowl and tank after flushing away as much as possible.
It will suck it dry. Have a large trash bag handy so when the toilet is pulled you can set it in the bag.
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Thanks Bud! More good advice! Yep, going to have a clear path straight through to the back door with a garbage bag to set the thing down on. Ha, I'm not worried about whether or not the water's clean but moreso about whether or not we can tile the same day if the plywood does get some water on it.

Basically, this is the only toilet in the house so time is of the essence.
Don't worry about getting the plywood wet. Dry it with a towel as best you can and forget about it and keep going, a little water isn't going to hurt a thing. The plywood will collect some moisture from the thinset anyway so not to worry.
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Your fixing our thin set with water. A little extra on the floor won't hurt.
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Sponge idea was great. Not one drop of water landed on the subfloor.

Used my angle grinder with a diamond wheel to dry cut the tiles. Wow, what a difference from using the little cheapo wet tile saw I used to do the rest of the entire bathroom. Wish I knew about this method a few years ago. Way less mess and you're not getting soaked with water in freezing cold temperatures.

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Use a wet vac on the bowl and tank after flushing away as much as possible.
It will suck it dry. Have a large trash bag handy so when the toilet is pulled you can set it in the bag.
I dint like the fact that using a vac can cause harmful gasses to be pulled back into the home, let alone the smell of sewage.

It's also not worth contaminating a vac.

Stick with a sponge and bucket.

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