How to convert a skew pan toilet waste

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Two weeks ago I visited a client to give them a quote on a new toilet suite. The client told me they didn’t know what kind of toilet would suit their existing services. I was expecting to see either an s or p trap pan and give a quote accordingly. (Just a quick reminder, an s trap pan has the waste come up through the ground, a p trap has the waste out from the wall.)

But when I saw the toilet, I saw that it was a skew pan toilet. A skew pan is like a p trap pan but with a 90 degree bend. The waste was coming through the right hand wall so I made a measurement from the middle of the waste to the back of the wall to make sure that I could convert the waste to suit a p trap pan.

This was what I saw when I went to quote on a new toilet suite.
This was what I saw when I went to quote on a new toilet suite.
This is what the back of a Skew Toilet Pan looks like. I don't have to tell you what the brown marks are.
This is what the back of a Skew Toilet Pan looks like. I don’t have to tell you what the brown marks are.

The other issue was that the existing cistern was plastic and I couldn’t guarantee whether there would be a timber stud in the wall to hold up a ceramic cistern which the client requested.

So I talked to dad and he suggested we install a Caroma Caravelle close coupled toilet suite because the ceramic cistern would sit on the toilet pan, and not need to rely hanging off the wall.

The new toilet suite was installed last week and it fit in perfectly. We were able to convert the toilet waste to suit a p trap pan using a 90 degree pan collar which is an $80 fitting, but a much cheaper option that installing a skew pan which would cost just under $500 for the supply of the toilet pan only.

Toilet Pan Collar Bend
Toilet Pan Collar Bend
The new Caroma Caravelle P Trap Toilet Suite
The new Caroma Caravelle P Trap Toilet Suite

Skew pans are rarely used these days hence why they are so expensive to order one in. The cheaper alternative is redirecting the waste to the back of the wall so that a p trap pan can be installed.

It’s these kind of jobs that allow plumber’s skills to shine because they are out of the ordinary and they prove their expertise is worth paying for when they can provide a solution like this.

So if you have a skew pan in your home and you wish to replace it, ring a reputable plumber to give you a quote on converting it to a p trap pan.

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