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    I'm told by the building management that this is a rear discharge but looking at the back it doesn't seem so. Name:  1a.jpg
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    That's a floor mount, rear discharge bowl.

    American Standard Yorkville
    Kohler Barrington
    Also Caroma makes one.

    The drain is 4-1/4" above the floor. It takes either a special reinforced wax ring intended for wall mounting, or a neoprene rubber seal.

    And next time peal off the paper label on the water supply.
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    Interesting. It looks like the turn back would be too sharp to be rear discharge. But I'll take your word for it.

    Also any hunches about why it broke?
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    A standard toilet discharges down to a toilet flange about 12" from the wall...there's no way that toilet directs the discharge there!
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    Not much of a clue as to why the thing broke, but given this is somewhat different than the usual home toilet and the fact that it broke for some reason, I would suggest a plumber for this job. He will need to determine what cause the break and what to do to prevent it from happening again, and since this takes a different wax ring or seal than most home toilets, he will be better able to install the new unit properly. DIY just isn't always the best avenue to take. You might try and be successful on your first attempt, but then again you might end up with another broken toilet or a leak that would require another effort which usually means a lot more time and expense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chmedly View Post
    Interesting. It looks like the turn back would be too sharp to be rear discharge. But I'll take your word for it.

    Also any hunches about why it broke?

    I am guessing that it is broke because it was leaking and someone over-tightened it to get the leak to stop, and just made it worse.

    Just my DIY guess.
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    The last two answers are spot on. I missed the "building mgt" in the original question. It would be rare for a building to allow you to do your own plumbing repairs, and it would be very unwise to do it anyway since the liability for any damages resulting to any of the other units would be on you. It is pretty standard that a licensed and bonded plumber be used for plumbing repairs in apts and condos.

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