Hi...in our remodel we will have baseboard hot water heat running along the side of the bathroom where the toilet is. The radiator has been ordered and received; the toilet (Promenade) has been ordered and received.
Our old toilet (pre-remodel) had lots of space at floor level for the baseboard radiator (width 2") to run behind it. Foolishly I assumed that all toilets would have that space. However, according to Toto (the box hasn't been opened yet) the Promenade has 1-3/16" behind the toilet at floor level. So there is a 13/16" space problem (need to fit 2" wide baseboard in 1-3/16" gap).
Redesigning the heating or getting a different toilet is possible in principle, but difficult and/or expensive. I am wondering if there are other solutions. 13/16" is not quite as bad as 2". Also we may recover a little space because the old tiles were set in concrete which is being removed and replaced with greenboard. That could bring it down to 1/2" mismatch, but 3/4" is a safer estimate.
So my question is, how can one get an extra 1/2" - 3/4" at floor level? Is there enough play in the closet bolts? (I believe it's a 4" cast iron drain since it's a 1920 house.) Is there an adapter to gain 3/4" rather than 2"? (That wouldn't cause as many flow problems as a 2" bend.) Can one wield a hammer to shift the cast iron sufficiently without cracking it?
If I should get a different toilet, what should I get? The Drake II has a little more space, 1-5/8", which may still not be enough. Plus we wanted the 'trad' styling of the Promenade.
All advice greatly appreciated. As you can tell, the work hasn't started yet. I am not an expert and cannot do this myself, we do have a contractor, but I caused the problem by choosing the heating layout and the toilet so I am eager to have some possible solutions in hand before I even mention it to him.