How to Install a Toilet on a Ceramic Tile Floor

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How to Install a Toilet on a Ceramic Tile Floor
Toilet installed on new ceramic tiles. (Toilet bowl and bidet in a toilet image by terex from

Installing new ceramic tile floors in a bathroom will update your home, and provide your bathroom with a quality floor that will last several years. However, installing a new ceramic tile floor may also create problems when it comes time to reinstall your bathroom toilet. Typically, a tile floor will raise the floor where the toilet connects with its' plumbing, creating reinstallation problems. With the proper tools, homeowners can reinstall their toilet and not worry about it leaking on their new ceramic tiles.

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Things you need

  • Flange extender
  • Soft cloth
  • Water
  • Drill
  • Wax ring
  • Socket wrench
  • Caulk

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  1. 1

    Check the toilet flange. For proper toilet installation, the toilet flange needs to be approximately ¼ inch above the surrounding flooring. Flange extenders can be purchased (or several can be stacked if necessary) to get the correct height.

  2. 2

    Remove wax residue or dirt from the old toilet flange. Use a soft cloth and water to gently clean the flange. Once it is clean it is ready for the flange extender.

  3. 3

    Place the flange extender on top of the old toilet flange. Read the directions on the extender to see if it needs caulk, as not all flange extenders require caulk for proper installation.

  4. 4

    Pre drill holes into the old toilet flange. Screw the flange extender into place on top of the old toilet flange.

  5. 5

    Place the wax ring on top of the flange extender. Carefully lower the toilet on to the wax ring.

  6. 6

    Use a socket wrench to tighten the bolts on the toilet. Caulk around the base of the toilet.

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