I am in the midst of remodeling a bathroom and have removed all the previous flooring and am down to the joists. I am putting down 3/4 plywood, cement board and then 1" hexagon tile.
I'm having issues with the old toilet flange. Here at my house we went through great lengths to choose a skirted toilet and matching sink. I measured the center of the flange and it was 11.25. I thought this would allow me to still squeeze a 12" rough-in toilet into the existing space. But after a plumber gave us an estimate he said we had to use a toilet with a 10" rough-in.
Another plumber said that we needed a 4x3 offset spigot flange. He can't seem to find one and I'm combing the net going slightly mad as I'm having no luck.
The plumber and I are working with one another via phone and text at this point. I messaged him with this image since I can see it is a 4x3 offset flange. But it's not an offset "spigot" flange. He is saying by this image below that the bottom hub is too big. Am I to understand that a spigot flange has no hub that adds thickness to the bottom? The tubular piece is the same diameter from top to bottom?
For the existing flange, I have to carefully cut away at the old flared portion of it which will allow me to get rid of the old metal ring. It appears to be a 3x4 flange, the opposite size openings for my needs. I was told to carefully grind away the inside that has been permanently bonded so that I can install a 4x3. I don't understand why I can't use this offset flange that I found online in the image above.
Here is a side view:
I showed him the 4x3 offset flange and he said that due to the hub at the bottom that it won't fit. I don't have it in front of me. I'd have to order this online but isn't the total diameter of this 4x3 as in "three" total inches including the larger bottom hub? So I'm guessing a spigot flange is one without a hub? I can't seem to find a 4x3 offset spigot flange anywhere. He's trying to suggest that I go with a toilet that has a 10" rough-in because there are spigot flanges that will fit right in the existing position (after we cut away and grind the existing ABS in the floor to make it fit).
Does anyone have any suggestions to make this work so that I can the toilet we bought that has a 12" rough-in? I hate to have to give up our new beautiful toilet. Not to mention I don't want to return the dang thing as it's so heavy (it's a one piece toilet). :)
The last thing I should probably mention as it might be important is that since I removed two layers of fir planking and three prior linoleum flooring, each with their own thin plywood backing, the floor is now lower than before. The flange is too high so I will have to shorten it as I cut it by approximately an inch, give or take. So this also starts to lessen the amount of leg room that I have to work with. Just thought I would mention this since it's part of the issue I'm dealing with.
Suggestions, solutions or a miracle would be greatly appreciated!