I just got back from Home Depot. I bought a “Super Ring” to place over the exisiting closet flange (part of the toilet drain pipe). I am not sure I needed this part, but I wanted to have it on hand, just in case I notice a problem when I remove/replace the toilet after the tiling is done. As I mentioned before, when I was unscrewing one of the mounting nuts, the bolt kept on turning. I am thinking that perhaps the closet flange is cracked in that area. Someone most likely tried to over-tighten the toilet mounting bolts.
Along with the “Super Ring,” I also bought some brass mounting bolts. It’s my understanding that the steel mounting bolts decay due to moisture and the brass ones don’t. In the package were traditional mounting bolts as well as bolts that have half machine threads and half wood threads. So basically, these are about 2 1/2 inch rods. I am still at a loss of why I can’t just drill holes through the floor and slide bolts right through the whole thing. I mean, everything is easily accessible down in the basement and there is just a piece of plywood between floors. This stuff isn’t rocket science.
I suppose I will just use the wood threads and tap into the plywood sub-floor. That is probably the easiest route.
It is becoming apparent to me that many things having to do with household repairs make no sense. People make products that are way too complicated for what needs to be done.
Oh, by the way, I also saw flexible sink drain hose. It just clamps on. Someone out there is thinking.