Bathroom Floor Tiling Project – Floor Preparation Under the Toilet

Yesterday, we took a look at the floor preparation by the tub in the bathroom which we are covering with porcelain tile from SnapStone.

Today, we take a look at preparing the floor under the toilet.

Now, while there was a question whether we would leave the existing single row of tile against the bathtub, there was no question about the existing tile underneath the toilet as shown in the picture of the Toto 6 litre power flush toilet below.

toto 6l power flush toilet on broken floor tile Bathroom Floor Tiling Project   Floor Preparation Under the Toilet

It was cracked. It had to go. If you look very closely you can see the crack in the floor tile to the left of the front of the closed coupled toilet in the above picture.

So, step 1 of course is to remove the toilet. Bennett placed it on top of a large old towel within the toilet for the rest of the day. Even though the water shut off valve was used and the toilet fully flushed, it would continue to seep out water for a while. You don’t want that water to seep out onto the particle board sub-floor when you are in the midst of preparing it for a tile floor. At the end of the day that old towel was soaked.

Now, Bennett proceeded to pull up the tile around the flange as you can see in the picture below:

removing tile underneath toilet Bathroom Floor Tiling Project   Floor Preparation Under the Toilet

Then he proceeded to do two things which I was not expecting; that’s why he’s the professional. And, hopefully if you find yourself in this same situation you can use this tactic for yourself.

First, as he was in the process of removing the tile, he loosened the top flange. I thought he was doing this just to remove all of the tile from underneath the flange.

loosening the toilet flange Bathroom Floor Tiling Project   Floor Preparation Under the Toilet

Then, well, as part of preparing the floor he cut two pieces of plywood in the same shape as the flange and placed them underneath the loosened black flange. If you look closely at the picture below you will see a narrow round piece of plywood not quite yet underneath the flange on the right.

preparing toilet flange for pressed board subfloor Bathroom Floor Tiling Project   Floor Preparation Under the Toilet

I asked him why he was doing this. It was an interesting answer. It also went with what we needed to fully prepare our plywood floor board for the SnapStone porcelain floor tile.

And, that is where we pick things up next time in this series on our installation of SnapStone floor tiles in our bathroom. To continue this floor tiling project series, simply select this link to the next article on continuing to prepare the sub-floor.

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