On the Job

My good friend, Andy, who lives in the same block of flats as me, decided to replace his toilet with a modern version. Andy is a complete amateur and this is a mammoth enterprise for an inexperienced person. Even for a plumber it is a big job. He asked me for assistance but  I fought shy of doing the job myself as I’m now a bit long in the tooth. A few years ago it would have been easy for me as I have fitted hundreds of new toilets over many years as a plumber.


When Andy removed the old pan it left the iron soil pipe open. This wasn’t something he’d thought of when he’d taken the toilet out. Naturally every time someone in the flats above Andy’s flushed their toilet Andy got the full benefit of the smell. Where the old pan sat after its removal a shallow hole was left in the base floor which had to be levelled with new screed. He soon accomplished this job with modern easy-to-use materials. So Andy decided to rig the pan and its cistern up out of position first just to see how easy or difficult the work was going to be. After several setbacks and a number of very naughty swear words he did it. Even more extraordinary was the fact that he managed to correctly connect the new type of vertical inlet and discharge valves. This was a credit to very clear manufacturers guidance instructions. Before the final fitting however, both he and his wife felt they should upgrade the toilet flooring.

My youngest son, Robert, is a master flooring specialist who could do the toilet flooring.  Robert came with several samples, and they chose a very stylish composite tile for the toilet with wood style planks for the bathroom floor. Robert, set the new toilet floor first,  laying it in a block configuration. After the floor was done Andy began installing his new pan. This was very difficult as the pan was extremely heavy. It was designed with internal brackets which were bolted to the floor. Simultaneously he connected the soil pipe a very challenging job for an expert.

Andy completed the job to a high professional standard.