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Laying Laminate Wood Flooring  
User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3653 times:

I am in the process of laying some laminate wood flooring in the bathroom and toilet but laying it around the lav is going to be a nightmare.

Does anyone have any good ideas on how to do it easily?

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User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6701 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3641 times:

Laminate in the bathroom. Hope it's waterproof.

One way is to attach a pen or pencil to a ruler and use it to draw a line on the back of the laminate by following the profile of the toilet with the other end of the ruler. Remember that by drawing on the back of the laminate you have to use the laminate on the opposite side of the toilet.

Plan B. Raise the toilet so the laminate goes under it and you don't have to cut it.

Plan C. Unscrew the toilet from the floor and loosen the cistern, slide the laminate, or a piece of paper/cardboard under the toilet, draw the profile of the toilet base on the paper/laminate/cardboard, then remove and jigsaw the laminate to the profile of the toilet.

Plan D. Use floor tiles.



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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7776 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3640 times:

Take the toilet out when you install the flooring. Just make sure the flange will have enough clearance when you put the toilet back on.


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User currently onlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19212 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3638 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Thread starter):
Does anyone have any good ideas on how to do it easily?

Don't know, sorry.  Silly



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User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3633 times:

Quoting Oly720man (Reply 1):
Laminate in the bathroom. Hope it's waterproof.

Sorry, it's actually Vynal planks.


User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3630 times:

Make a template of the toilet.

Cut planks using the template.

Caulk around toilet and plank junction to make sure that when you over shoot while taking a drunk piss, nothing gets under the flooring.

I'd use ceramic in a pisser, or at least VCT.  twocents 

i hope the "planks " you are using don't have a "v" grove in it as this is a place for nasty things to collect. And there are nasty things is a crapper.

Other words for toilet thread helped with this post.  Wink



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User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6799 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3621 times:

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 2):
Take the toilet out when you install the flooring. Just make sure the flange will have enough clearance when you put the toilet back on.

This is precisely the best recommendation. We were doing laminate, but went with tile instead. Tile sucks, BTW.

Laminate and hardwood is much easier to install, but be sure your floor is level. Use a high quality underlayment as well, and preferably something that has some shock absorption qualities to it.

For the toilet, take it out, plug the hole, measure enough clearance around the wax plug, lay the flooring around it appropriately, and then put the toilet back on top of it. That's it in very basic terms.


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3617 times:

Remove the toilet. Cut floor covering to match the flange. Install floor covering. Clean the flange and install new wax ring. Reinstall toilet.

This photo shows a cement board underlayment, but think of it as the actual floor covering material and you'll get the idea.



Mark

[Edited 2005-11-04 19:42:44]

User currently onlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13997 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3594 times:

One hint:

Always store the laminate boards horizontaly. Never lean them against a wall, else they will surely bend and produce an uneven floor.

Jan


User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3580 times:

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 8):
Always store the laminate boards horizontaly. Never lean them against a wall, else they will surely bend and produce an uneven floor.

So true.

...and let the boards acclimatize to the environment in which they will be laid for about a day.



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User currently offlineFokker Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3556 times:

As others have mentioned above, there are several ways of doing it.
However, there is only one right way. Remove the toilet.
Depending on the thickness of the flooring, you may also have to raise the flange.
What ever you decide to do. DO NOT seal around the toilet. The wax ring is the only seal you should use. If there are any leaks under there, you want the water to run out so you know that there is a leak.


User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3555 times:

Quoting Fokker Lover (Reply 10):
you want the water to run out so you know that there is a leak

good point.

Ok, so lets see a pic of your finished work. Surely you'r done by now. How big is your W/R?  Wink



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User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3540 times:

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 2):
Take the toilet out when you install the flooring. Just make sure the flange will have enough clearance when you put the toilet back on.

Yes, as said above, regardless of the flooring material used, this is the only way, it is easier than you would think but wear rubber gloves and try not to inhale anything!!  Smile


User currently offlineMham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3612 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3530 times:

From a flooring contractor: There is only one way. Remove the toilet.

User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3521 times:
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Quoting 9VSPO (Thread starter):
Does anyone have any good ideas on how to do it easily?

After considerable research on the topic when I refloored my kitchen in my old house I have this incontrovertible piece of advice.



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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7776 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3515 times:

No half-assing it please. I can only imagine want kind of gunk will build up in that mound of caulk between the floor and the toilet if you cut the flooring around the crapper.

Removing a toilet is easy. Turn off the water. Flush it to drain the tank and bowl. Disconnect the water supply. Remove the two bolts on the floor and lift of. Shouldn't take more than 5 minutes (assuming the bolts aren't rusted/broken/impossible to break loose).



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User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3475 times:

Ok thanks for all the replies. This is what happened.....

I tried to unscrew the base of the toilet and caused a crack in the outlet pipe at the back. Next thing you know water starts pouring out and I'm like panicing and I don't have a clue what to do.

Next thing you know the wife is calling a plumber (covered under our insurance) and this guy has to fix the leak and I am looking at him trying to pretend it was not my fault. Now the leak is fixed and I still have not done the floor!  cry 


User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3464 times:

Damn British toilets must be crap compared to our more superior North American models.  Wink

Do you need help on how to clean up the mess now as well.  Wink

Take towels, mop and bucket to washroom........ ah, i'm sure you know what to do.  Wink

Maybe your wife can help you lay the flooring.  Wink

i guess i'm off your RR list now eh? Big grin



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User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 18, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3463 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Thread starter):
I am in the process of laying some laminate wood flooring in the bathroom and toilet but laying it around the lav is going to be a nightmare.

Does anyone have any good ideas on how to do it easily?

Well, i'd be a little less obvious. Take her to dinner first. Buy a nice bottle of wine and tell her how beautiful she looks. Then, if it looks on, take her back to yours and i'd suggest you try to nail her in your bed first. I think if you suggest your bathroom floor, she may think you are odd. Certainly around the toilet would be a no-no. Big grin



What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineMikedlayer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 399 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3463 times:

Mr M,

Plan E - Hire a professional Big grin

Mike


User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3886 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3461 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 7):
Clean the flange and install new wax ring

It's probably just me that read that extremely badly...  boggled 


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