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Forum topic by BB1 posted 07-13-2020 10:12 PM 398 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-13-2020 10:12 PM

Non-woodworking question…

As part of our summer “vacation” (haha) we are renovating bathrooms. Glass shower door installed, new fixtures in place, vanity and walls painted. Next is the floor. We have decided to put in vinyl plank flooring. I am trying to think through the best way to approach the layout. We are looking at running the flooring the long way as shown in this picture.

The question is… I have to work around the water inlet for the toilet and then the toilet itself (note – toilet has been removed so just the opening)

The vanity also has an overhang so I would not be able to lower the plank flooring on that side. If I’m thinking correctly I will need to start my first row by the corner where the water inlet and toilet is and then work toward the wall and the door???

I plan to calculate so full planks will be in the main stretch from the door to shower, smaller piece under the vanity kicker.

I’ve installed laminate flooring in 5 other rooms (this is actually what got me interested in woodworking!) but the worst I had to deal with was register vents. The bathroom is small but much more challenging. Appreciate any insights from those who may have worked with vinyl plank.


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#1 posted 07-13-2020 11:09 PM

Your idea of the running the plank in the direction you are showing would be fine. Keep you n mind what is on the other side of the door though. As for the plumbing, if you can lay out the seams where it falls on where the line comes through the floor. Toilet flange should not be a problem due to the size, but you should get a thick wax ring to reinstall it. Hope that helps. Good luck.

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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#2 posted 07-13-2020 11:14 PM

considering the counter is off the vanity how hard would it be to remove completely,that would make laying the floor a whole lot easier.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 07-14-2020 12:43 AM

Depends on how it was installed. There should be about 4 screws on the back top rail. Just be careful with the plumbing, the valves were probably installed after the vanity was done installed. To reinstall you may have to cut the plumbing holes a bit as not to bind

Are you going over tile? Think about using a filler to bring everything up level. If it was me I would demo out the tile, go down to the subfloor and install 1/4” Luan then the vinyl plank.

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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#4 posted 07-14-2020 01:13 AM

Thanks for the comments. Pretty sure we don’t want to remove the vanity. Think will just need to find a way to get that last “row” under that toe kick. Need to get out some graph paper and plan out the seam by the water source for the toilet.

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#5 posted 07-14-2020 01:20 AM

Your welcome. No need to worry about getting under the toe kick. Once the flooring is down run shoe molding around the premiter, that will give you a clean finished look, stained or painted.

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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#6 posted 07-14-2020 08:07 PM

Just make sure there aren’t any small strips on either side of the walls or under the vanity.
Does the manufacturer recommend a poly vinyl vapor Barrier under the vinyl strips?

I in stalled a Toto toilet over five years ago. Because my tile floors are about 1/2” higher with the cement board I used one of these foam gasket sealers.
They also have over size wax seals also. I like the foam because their fool proof.

They were installed almost 6 years with no sign of a leak.
Good luck on your project.

-- James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 07-16-2020 08:23 PM

James – I’ll share the toilet info with my husband (I don’t do plumbing!!!).

My husband helped me get started with the flooring (these larger vinyl plank were hard to connect!) with the first three rows and then I finished it up this morning. The area around the toilet opening and water source took a while but patience won out and it tuned out fine.

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#8 posted 07-16-2020 10:12 PM

Looking good. Job well done

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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#9 posted 07-17-2020 01:46 AM



Looking good. Job well done

- Eric


Thanks. This is the first of two bathrooms on the renovation schedule. Same type of flooring planned for the second, just a different color. Will be glad to be done so I can go back to woodworking projects.

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#10 posted 07-26-2020 02:54 AM

Wow. That’s a professional job! I hope you were wearing knee pads.

-- James E McIntyre

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#11 posted 07-26-2020 03:09 AM

No knee pads (would have been a good idea!!). Close to done. Still have wood “frame” to complete to dress up the original mirror plus paint touch ups.

Started on master bathroom now too. Saving $$$ by doing it ourselves.


Wow. That’s a professional job! I hope you were wearing knee pads.

- James E McIntyre


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