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Old 03-18-2013, 10:47 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I'm about to begin redoing my downstairs powder room and I have some questions about the toilet flange. The house is built on a slab foundation and the bathroom currently has linoleum flooring installed in the powder room. I will be removing the linoleum and installing ceramic tiles.

Will I have to remove the flange and install a new one? The reason I ask is becuase I've read that the flange should sit on top of the new tile, as opposed to tiling around the flange. Also, the new floor will be thicker than the existing linoleum, so I'm assuming I'd have to redo the flange in order to bring the flange up to the height of the new floor.

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Old 03-18-2013, 11:01 AM   #2
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Kevin,


I'm not a professional so please do wait for them to chime in. I've never heard of having to remove and reinstall the flange when you are installing new flooring, but you are correct that the increased thickness of the tile may reduce the amount of travel you have for the compression of the wax seal on the bottom of the toilet. It is my understanding that you can get a toilet flange extender kit that will bring it up above floor level so you can get the compression you need.

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Old 03-18-2013, 11:03 AM   #3
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There is a never ending debate over this question.
Flange on top of finished floor(1) or flange even with finished floor(2).
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No need to remove the flange.
They make double thickness wax rings just for this.
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Guys,

Thanks for the responses. I've seen the online debate concerning this issue. It seems that as long as the flange is at least as tall (or taller) than the height of the new floor, I should be good. If the flange ends up below the surface of the floor, I may consider getting an extender or redoing the flange.

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Old 03-18-2013, 02:48 PM   #6
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I just did this exact same thing. Ripped up vinyl (in the powder room no less) and replaced it with porcelain. I did not replace the flange and tiled around it. I used a larger wax ring and it sealed up just fine.

My porcelain is thicker than the vinyl was as well. Provided you get the right wax ring it shouldnt be a problem.

Like you my flange sits in the foundation so I didnt want to mess with it either.
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if it is a 3 inch drain i always recommend hammerlane's option 2 due to some toilets have a large and long horn on them that will not sit inside some 3 inch flanges. then you have to shim up toilet a 1/4 inch so it does not rock
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If it's on top of the finished floor, there is a chance that the toilet you choose will not sit properly as the inner part of the china under the toilet will hit the flange, causing a need for the toilet to be shimmed.
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There is also a gasket end flange extender made for your exact purpose it's made of pvc looks just like the ring of your pvc flange with a faker glued to the bottom go to a plumbing supply house and tell them what your doing and you should be all set

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