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Rhumba555 09-07-2011 06:17 PM

Flange Spacer Question
Hello all,

I was hoping for a bit of advice about a toilet installation.

I was replacing a toilet in my home and after removing the old one, noticed a white plastic ring seated on top of the flange with a black tube protuding into the flange hole. The new wax ring that came with the toilet (AS Cadet 3 Saver) already had this black tube and it wouldn't fit into the one already in the drain hole.

So I removed the white ring and used the wax ring that came with the toilet. The toilet bowl only had to be pushed down about 3/8" before touching the floor. I now realize that the white ring was a spacer to account for the laminate flooring in this bathroom. I did not remove the bowl for fear of breaking the wax seal. I finished the install and the toilet flushes fine and I can detect no leaks around the base. I am however, concerned about leakage in the future.

My question is: Should I go back and put that spacer back in? If so, how do I remove the black pipe attached to it? Does it just slide out? I didn't try to disassemble it so I'm unsure about that. Or do I need to get a new spacer without the tube?

Thanks so much in advance.

oh'mike 09-07-2011 06:26 PM

Can you post a picture of the 'spacer'--I've never seen one with a horn on it.

Rhumba555 09-07-2011 06:46 PM

At work now, spacer is at home.

It just occurred to me while looking at pics of flange spacers that the horn may be left over from the old wax ring and stayed in the flange spacer when I pulled the toilet bowl up. If that is the case, now my question is should I replace that spacer even if the toilet bowl still had to be pushed down only a bit instead of the 1/2" or more that the previous toilet I replaced had to be?

oh'mike 09-07-2011 06:57 PM

If the wax ring was tall enough to make a good seal between the flange and the toilet you will be fine,

However--the wax rings that come with the toilets are standard --not extender (jumbo) sized --so I would be concerned.

Laminate does not fare well when wet---I say replace the extender or get a tall extender ring and reset the toilet.

Rhumba555 09-08-2011 11:24 PM

Well I dug the white plastic ring out of the trash, cleaned it up and sure enough, the "horn" came out. It was the horn from the old wax seal that stayed in the ring. So I removed the toilet, siliconed the spacer ring to the flange, reformed the wax ring and replaced the toilet. Works great and no leaks.

Sometimes peace of mind is cheap! :thumbsup:

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