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I never thought I’d end up blogging about toilets…

Anyone who’s got underfloor heating has the same question – what if it goes wrong? Will it mean the costly removal and replacement of flooring? Will it mean trawling the internet looking for discontinued tile patterns? This week I found out…

A couple of years ago I’d fitted electric under tiled heating on our bathroom floor. But recently it had stopped working and every time I turned it on it tripped the electrics for the whole house. It didn’t sound good.

I had to call out the floor engineers to come and take a look. Fortunately, they are able to use infrared scanners to pinpoint the exact problem. Luckily the problem was only in one section and it meant it could be done by smashing just one tile out. Unfortunately though, half of that tile was underneath the toilet pan. The fitter left the bathroom looking like this…

 

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Half the tile remained under the toilet pan. This was not going to be as straight forward as first thought so I needed a plan of attack.

First was the water. I isolated the water supply, flushed the cistern out and pushed as much water out of the u-bend as I could with the loo brush. Then it was a case of unscrewing the pan. I marked the position of the toilet with some tape. Fortunately, my toilet is not close coupled so I was able to ease it out.

Then it was a case of removing the debris and replacing the tile (I had a spare in the shed). Once set – it was simply a case of drilling a hole in the new tile and reversing the process to refit the toilet. A quick grout and it was as good as new.

It could of been an absolute nightmare. But think I got away it…

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