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Old 05-02-2010, 06:14 PM   #1
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Old Toilet Flange on cast iron pipe


This toilet has probably been sitting here for the greater half of a century. It began leaking onto the floor so I decided it would be a good idea to replace the wax ring. First, this toilet had four bolts. Two of which were mounted into the bare tile and two into what I believe is the flange. When removing I discovered that only one was not complete rusted out. After scrubbing for about 3 hours here is the result. They must have used some clay type of wax ring. I can't tell where the wax ring starts and the flange begins. It is all very dense material a little more than my flimsy putty knife can handle. I don't think it will be possible to salvage the existing flange. I was thinking of getting a "super flange" or some sort of compression flange. Any suggestions?
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What type of access to the plumbing do you have?
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It is partially embedded in the plaster ceiling of my garage. it doesn't go very far before it meets the sink and main drain lines.
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So I had a plumber look at it. I did not even have a flange! This is common in houses built in the 50s and earlier.

My neighbor lent me a tool to grind down the excess pipe. I bent the bolt until it broke at the floor and used the tool to grind everything pretty smooth to the surface of the tiles.

I used a putty knife to get the crud off the inside of the pipe.

Then I installed a twist and set flange. You place it inside the pipe, twisting it will raise a rubber seal until it is tight inside your pipe. I then mounted it to the floor with screws.

I installed a new toilet and everything is working great!
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Well awesome - nothing but a little ingenuity and you figured it out!
Sorry to reply to yur thread and then leave you hanging!
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