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Contractor mis-cut the floor when he put in the toilet

Hello,
Our contractor didn't "measure twice, cut once" when he put in our toilet. Check out the photo. I'd appreciate any suggestions on a fix or a way to hide this mistake, other than one of those rugs that wrap around a toilet. Thanks!!

  • John Grimley
    John Grimley
    on Nov 20, 2016

    Two solutions I can think of. first, tell the contractor to come finish the job - and do it right. My guess is, he'll use solution #2 - a bead of silicone sealant to hide the gap.

  • Nyc7439121
    Nyc7439121
    on Nov 20, 2016

    It was the contactors bad mistake,have him come back and redo the floor. If he won't, call consumers complaint Dept.,in your state.

  • Frances Koch
    Frances Koch Shohola, PA
    on Nov 20, 2016

    I would say that first filling the gap with either wood putty that matches, or making a glue and sawdust paste with the same color as the flooring would be good. Then carefully try to blend with very fine sandpaper so that the gap sort of disappears. Then, run a really neat, narrow line of white caulk that sort of connects the toilet bowl to the floor and run you finger around so that it looks like it's all on purpose! The trick is to fool the eye so that it doesn't immediately go to the flaw! It will take patience to get it right, but will be worth it. Once you do the first part, you will see that it already looks so much better. The caulk will just be the icing on the cake.

  • J
    J
    on Nov 20, 2016

    A line of caulk, èither white to match toilet or color matched to wood. Look with the laminate flooring accessories at home stores.

    • Donpaulin
      Donpaulin Norwalk, IA
      on Nov 22, 2016

      NEVER (completely) use caulk or wood fill to seal under a toilet, for if it develops a leak you will not know until the subfloor deteriorates. If you do caulk, leave a couple weep holes.

  • Hector
    Hector Lubbock, TX
    on Nov 20, 2016

    Try using a caulking of similar color. Home Depot has a caulking used in the corners of showers where tile is used. The walls may shift but the corners will not crack because of the flexibility.

  • Ken Gregory
    Ken Gregory Fayetteville, NC
    on Nov 20, 2016

    The contracter should come out ad fix it the right way if you signed a contract and this is workman defect then it is the contractors obligation to fix it to the satisfaction of the owner of the dwelling that signed the contract! If he refuses then explain that a lawyer will cost more thanthe correction of satisfactory workman ship!!

  • Debbie Spilsbury
    Debbie Spilsbury Lafayette, IN
    on Nov 20, 2016

    ---UNLESS the contractor was your husband! In that case-I'd do the sawdust/wood glue fix with a white silicone caulk to rim the bottom of the toilet. It will look just fine and, most likely, YOU will be the only one to notice. It will turn out just fine - you'll see 😊 Like Frances said "just a little patience" to accomplish this.

  • Linda Fraser
    Linda Fraser Virginia Beach, VA
    on Nov 20, 2016

    There is this stuff that comes on a spool. Its a roll out grout. You just measure it out and cut it and place it where you want it. It's great stuff. You can find it at Lowe's or any place like that.

    • Ken Gregory
      Ken Gregory Fayetteville, NC
      on Nov 21, 2016

      this is called backer rod! this is what they are talking about

  • Deb13055607
    Deb13055607
    on Nov 20, 2016

    Ge did it totally wrong. He should have removed the toilet, installed the flooring then replaced the toilet. I'd have him come back and do it correctly.

    • Deb13055607
      Deb13055607
      on Nov 21, 2016

      Luckily for us, my husband can do a lot of this stuff. Your story would make me afraid to afraid to hire anyone.

  • MaryJo Ross
    MaryJo Ross San Mateo, CA
    on Nov 20, 2016

    yep..... get him to fix it properly, that is if it wasn't your hubby...... nothings going to work properly for cleaning hygienically

  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Nov 20, 2016

    The contractor should do the repair or pay the cost in having it repaired.

  • Pan7656385
    Pan7656385
    on Nov 21, 2016

    Get the stupid careless contractor to fix it, even if it takes replacing the whole floor.

  • Julies1949
    Julies1949 Bellingham, WA
    on Nov 21, 2016

    Is this laminate? If so,whose idea was it to use laminate flooring in a bathroom?

  • Deb Johnson
    Deb Johnson Australia
    on Nov 21, 2016

    The contractor should repair his mistake. It is not your mistake to fix

  • Mandy Brown
    Mandy Brown Waynesboro, VA
    on Nov 21, 2016

    I agree the contractor should repair the floor; however, if he had removed the toilet when installing the floor he wouldn't have had to cut around the base of it. Most contractors take the toilet out, lay the floor then reinstall the toilet. The only cut would be around the floor flange which gets covered by the toilet base. The cost to remove/reinstall a toilet is about $4.00. All you need is a wax seal. Turn off the water supply to the toilet, flush it to remove most of the water, dip out as much of the remaining water as possible. disconnect the water supply and lift the toilet off the floor. I usually lay an old shower curtain liner or something similar in the bathtub or on the floor to rest the toilet on while I'm installing flooring. Once you're finished replace the wax ring over the floor flange and re-sit the toilet. Connect the water supply and turn the water on. You may need to get longer flange bolts to account for the thickness of the new floor, but most will fit.

  • Christine Pardo
    Christine Pardo
    on Nov 21, 2016

    Sanded caulk in tole department at home depot. But above is right. You will have issues if the flooring is laminate.

  • Lisa acuna
    Lisa acuna Maryville, TN
    on Nov 21, 2016

    You can always use the "contractors best friend" and caulk around it with a wide bead of caulk and then with a flat piece on an angle, smooth all the way around. Practice first in the back. Or, you can use wood fill in wood tone or tint it. Then smooth it into the holes and cracks. Before it dries, use a piece of wood, rough side, to press on the fill to imprint a wood design. Let dry. If you need to, tint more to match. It is time consuming but I have done this along a floor register that had the same problem and it looked fine.

  • Tho7399293
    Tho7399293
    on Nov 21, 2016

    Christine is right....sanded caulk has grout in it and should hold well. but did you confront the contractor about that job? what did he say? it's HIS responsibility to make it right.

  • Elaine Bove Matt
    Elaine Bove Matt Malvern, PA
    on Nov 21, 2016

    the contractor needs to fix his mistake --- but if you paid him by credit card, call the company and dispute the charge until he fixes the problem or if by check and he hasn't cashed it yet, stop payment on it until he fixes it.

  • Carole
    Carole Columbus, OH
    on Nov 21, 2016

    This isn't something you should fix. This is sloppy work and should be fixed by the contractor. The toilet should be removed before the flooring is installed. This is a terrible installation.

  • Cwh6899259
    Cwh6899259
    on Nov 21, 2016

    Use wood filler on the gaps, match floor colour. Then calk around toilet.

  • Jackie
    Jackie Winamac, IN
    on Nov 21, 2016

    Laminate warps and swells if it gets wet, not sure it was a good idea for the bathroom but I would confront the contractor. Why should you worry about fixing the mistake of someone you paid to do it correctly. You could always caulk it like a lot of people have said or maybe try some rubber trim moulding to match if possible.

  • Charles Prock
    Charles Prock San Antonio, TX
    on Nov 22, 2016

    They make a vinyl trim to go around bathtubs that should do the trick....You may have to heat it with a blow dryer to make the sharp turns but it should fix you right up.

  • Desmond
    Desmond Sri Lanka
    on Nov 22, 2016

    Water soluble woodfiller is the best.

    • Donpaulin
      Donpaulin Norwalk, IA
      on Nov 22, 2016

      NEVER (completely) use caulk or wood fill to seal under a toilet, for if it develops a leak you will not know until the subfloor deteriorates. If you do caulk, leave a couple weep holes.

  • StefanieB
    StefanieB
    on Nov 22, 2016

    Have the contractor come back and fix it.

  • John Stone
    John Stone Uniontown, PA
    on Nov 22, 2016

    Cwittaker, has best answer.......this will work good.....

  • Karen Criner
    Karen Criner Winston Salem, NC
    on Nov 22, 2016

    StefanieB is right on point! Have contractor fix it. Next time you have something done, DO NOT pay until you inspect the job. I've seen these types of repairs before and it is upsetting that someone would do such a bad job...shame on them!

  • Mary
    Mary Duluth, MN
    on Nov 22, 2016

    Send the contractor here, and tell him to read how several of us ladies said, that THE CONTRACTOR NEEDS TO COME BACK AND FIX IT! (most people would have done so, but since you have not, is it because a relative did this poor job?)

  • Patricia Coulter
    Patricia Coulter Circle Pines, MN
    on Nov 22, 2016

    If that's the kind of job he did I would be afraid to have him come back and maybe do more damage. You have some good suggestions for do it yourself.

  • DeNoal Sloan
    DeNoal Sloan Bakersfield, CA
    on Nov 22, 2016

    I understand your concern about havig the contractor come back. If you have any floor covering left, the toilet can be removed and new pieces cut correctly that fit. A good handyman can fix this for around $100.00. You will need a new toilet seal.

    • Ken Gregory
      Ken Gregory Fayetteville, NC
      on Nov 23, 2016

      she should never have to pay the price of someone else to repair the problem!! Bud, you are smoking and not sharing! The Contractor is in the wrong and He needs to man up and fix it or he must pay someone else to correct the wrong!!!!

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