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originally posted by: donktheclown
a reply to: socketdude
Step 1) Remove toilet Step 2) Tile Step 3) Replace toilet Step 4) Do the moonwalk in your living-room. Sha' 'mon!
Sorry but there's a step 2.5) replace wax seal, do not reuse old one. Thanks.
Toilets should be caulked to the floor to prevent side-to-side movement that can break the wax seal (and to prevent splashes or overflows from puddling under the toilet and rotting the floor). DIYers often set the toilet and then apply a tiny bead of caulk along the outside edge. That doesn't always provide a good enough bond to the floor, and it leaves a prominent caulk line. There's an easier way to secure the toilet and provide a cleaner caulk line. Just follow this tip from master plumber Les Zell.
First set the toilet in place (without the wax ring) and square it up to the wall. Then make an outline of the toilet on the floor with masking tape. Remove the toilet and turn it on its side. Measure the depth and width of the gluing edge of the bowl. Next, move your caulk gun to the inset depth you just measured and apply caulk directly to the floor, maintaining the inset depth as you follow the tape. Install the wax ring and lower the toilet onto the flange. Stand on the toilet to compress the wax ring and ensure good contact with the caulk. Then use paper towels to clean up any caulk that oozed out.
How to Caulk a Toilet to a Floor
originally posted by: Azureblue
a reply to: Domo1
I aint no tiler but if I was doing it I would used some kind straight edge such as a piece of straight wood or metal to get the tiles lined up before grouting them.
The tiles in my place are absolutely perfect and they were done a herring bone style as well. Im sure they used a straight edge.