LESLIE: Mark in Pennsylvania’s working on the bathroom floor. What can we do for you?
MARK: Yes, I’m putting in laminate flooring and I have a question. When you put in the laminate flooring, can you put the toilet on top of that laminate flooring? (inaudible) supposed to be a floating floor or would it be best to cut around, leaving a ¼ inch gap around the base of the toilet?
TOM: That’s an excellent question. If the flange for the toilet is put in properly, it should end up being about flush with the new laminate floor. And then, you put the wax seal on it; you can rest the toilet right on that. And as long as you have a good seal around that drain, then you certainly can put it on top of … in fact, it’s the best way to do it because it’s going to look the neatest and give you the best seal. But the key is that flange; making sure it’s flat.
Now, if it happens to be down a little bit low, there is an extension piece that can bring it up flush with the floor.
TOM: Alright, Mark?
MARK: OK, thank you very much, sir.
TOM: You’re welcome, Mark. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT. And it sounds like Mark was flush with excitement over that question.
LESLIE: (laughing) And he chose the right flooring for the bathroom, so alright.
TOM: He definitely did. I love laminate floor because it can look just like wood.
LESLIE: You know, I just picked a laminate floor that looks like wood for my little dressing room off my bedroom at home.
TOM: Oh, cool.
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. It’s really pretty.
TOM: It’s good stuff. Good choice. Mark, thanks again for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.