How to measure pipe protruding behind toilet? : HomeImprovement

Hello r/HomeImprovement!

Hopefully someone can help me in my predicament. Here are some details:

  1. I would like to upgrade my existing toilet.

  2. I’ve got a weird protruding pipe behind my toilet, and the toilets I see in store that fit what I would like to buy have a trapway (I think that’s what it’s called, the part behind the bowl and under the tank) that extends all the way to the back of the toilet, unlike my current toilet’s trapway which does not (it doesn’t extend all the way underneath the tank).

  3. I don’t want to buy a toilet without making sure it will fit without the pipe interfering with it, because returning a toilet might not be an option for obvious reasons :p

I’m wondering if anyone has any ideas for how I can properly measure this protrusion? I’ve used a tape measure to get some basic measurements, but it’s too close for comfort and I’m not sure I trust my ability to use the tape measure in a straight enough manner, as the pipe is not easily accessible (really only accessible from the camera’s angle, see photo). Are there any construction tricks to measure strange obstructions like this without taking my existing toilet out? (I would like to avoid doing that before getting a new toilet!)

Also, the pipe is from the kitchen sink and is connecting to a stack for drainage.

Thanks in advance!

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