Guide written by:
Arnold, Researcher / handyman, Birmingham
Classic close-coupled toilets are cost-effective and easy to install. While wall-hung toilets may be a little more complicated to fit, they do offer a sharper look and are more hygienic. If you're trying to choose between the two options, you should consider that a wall-hung toilet will require you to make a few decisions, including:
It's also worth noting that any type of repair or maintenance work carried out on a wall-hung toilet will be trickier and more expensive than for traditional models. However, mid- to high-end wall-hung toilet kits do offer high quality and reliability for more peace of mind.Wall-hung toilets also offer the following benefits:
Wall-hung toilets offer increased comfort:
The design of these toilets also offers improved hygiene standards:
There are a number of additional options designed to make cleaning easier:
Finally, consider any standards in place in your country designed to guarantee waste drainage efficiency, the resistance of your toilet to cleaning products, standard dimensions for the various component connections, the strength of the toilet lid and the reliability of the flush mechanism.
Toiletfixingframes are metal structures that serve as skeletons. Theu support not only the toilet pan, but also the flush mechanism, the pipes, the flush button or plate and the casing, which is designed to improve the appearance of your wall-hung toilet.There are three types of support frame: wall, floor and universal. Your choice will depend on the surface of your bathroom floor and walls:
Toilet frames cannot be installed if you have:
It is possible to install toilet frames on wooden floors. However, it is recommended to strengthen the spot where the toilet frame will sit. If your wall is coated with plasterboard, you'll need to attach the support frame directly to the masonry behind, i.e. remove part or all of the plasterboard in order to reach the brick or breezeblock.
Depending on the layout and design of your bathroom or toilet, there are two main options available to you: you can build the frame directly in the wall or cover it with some kind of casing. This casing comes in a variety of finishes, such as tile or paint. The sky's the limit when it comes to choosing a type!
Please note: the flush mechanism must always be accessible by removing the front panel. Be sure to also leave the water supply and drainage pipes accessible (i.e. via a hatch). Some forms of casing are equipped with a handy removable side panel. Unfortunately, leaks are always possible so you want to be able to carry out repairs without having to break the casing covering your wall-hung toilet.
If your DIY expertise extends to changing a light bulb or if your only tool is a Swiss army knife... you're best off having a professional install your wall-hung toilet.
While you will only require fairly standard tools (spanners, screwdrivers, drills, spirit level etc.), installing a wall-hung toilet requires a certain amount of know-how. Certain regulations must be followed regarding:
Installing a wall-hung toilet involves so many separate components that forgetting one or failing to follow installation guidelines can have serious consequences for your home.Remember that if you live in a block of flats, a water leak might be felt by your neighbours before you notice it yourself! It is therefore essential to ensure your pipes can be easily accessed!
Toilet fixing frames tend to stick to the following dimensions:
Please note that these are overall dimensions. For a more precise idea of how much space your frame will take up, you will have to add a few centimetres to these measurements (depending on the casing type you choose).
The range of options and quality of finish for wall-hung toilets may vary from model to model, in terms of the following:
As with any product, entry-level frames can range in quality, which could lead to issues regarding:
Generally speaking, the frame itself tends to be quite robust and is unlikely to present problems.While it's not worth being paranoid, bear in mind that price differences between products are often justified; knownbrands offer the guarantee of quality and customer care.Now it's time to get your overalls on!
Guide written by:
Arnold, Researcher / handyman, Birmingham, 10 guides
A chemist by training and a self-taught handyman, I work in the pharmaceutical industry. As a young dad of 36 years, tinkering is like breathing to me: in short, I am a jack-of-all-trades. To my credit, I have already completed 5 kitchen installs, a renovated apartment, and an extension on my own house (for financial reasons, my wife and I have chosen the closed-cover option for wooden house extension). Over the last three years I have done everything: insulation, plasterboard, electrical, patching, painting, parquet, dressing, bathroom, tile...in short, 60 m2, made entirely with my own two hands. Fortunately, I have my own personal decorator. I don’t worry about styles and colors. As they say: happy wife, happy life. My motto: good tools and good products are half the work, the rest is patience and meticulousness. To your keyboards. The good advice is here.
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