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Old 04-12-2013, 10:53 AM   #1
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I have a broken PVC toilet flange! What are my options for replacement?

This is an on grade slab Florida construction. The pipe is set in concrete.
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If that is 4" pipe you can get a flange to glue inside the riser. You'll just have to remove the remainder of the broken flange that is on top of the slab.
If it's 3" pipe we'll need to discuss other options. Gluing inside 3" will be too restrictive.
In the search bar at the top of the page- enter "repair toilet flange". This has been addressed here quite often

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I always miss something, it is 3"

I tried to find a plumber with one of those doohickeys that cut out the broken piece, but no luck.

Thanks for the response. JIm
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I think someone has a big project coming up.
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It appears the tool for this is for pvc hubs, I have a broken street closet flange so they will not work?

In my web surfing time I have found reference to heating and prying out the broken PVC , has anyone tried this?
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You can try anything. What's the length of pipe between the two fittings?


You'll need about 3" for a coupling in between them. Each 3" hub is approximately 1.5"


So if you measure a 6" piece of pipe, you might be able to fix it without having to open up too big of a hole.


However : The ease of getting a new fitting down in there is inversely proportionate to the size of the hole.
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If it's 3" pipe we'll need to discuss other options. Gluing inside 3" will be too restrictive.
Given that it's a 3" pipe perhaps E could enlighten us on the other options? Other than the obvious, pain-in-the-@$$ labor intensive one. :-)
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If I could just go in the basement, but this is FL so I have no basement

After numerous web searches, I find a guy on youtube taking out a broken piece of PVC with a little butane torch. NO respirator or safety glasses!

I have seen Sasquatch and planes without wings flying on youtube so I am a bit skeptical.

I do not want to use a torch because of the obvious dangers, so I dig up a heat gun. I mean to tell you it is slick, I wish I wold have made a video! 5 minutes and it is out!!

First I softened the fitting and made a cut with a utility knife, drove a screwdriver between the fitting an pipe at the cut. pried with the screwdriver, pulled and twisted with needle nose vice grips, kept driving in the screw driver with a hammer, all the time keeping it warm with the heat gun.

Maybe I got lucky and it was not glued well? Maybe the DIY God's were smiling on me?



I would not do this without a RESPIRATOR, the fume's were strong, I used safety glasses also. There is also a bit of common sense involved here, judging by some responses on this site, not everyone has it.

Hope this helps someone JIm
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Can you afford to get a new throne? If you can this work around will do the trick.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Sioux-Chi...1#.UWrgJMqrV6A

Mount this around your pipe with tapcons https://www.google.com/shopping/prod...ed=0CGwQ8wIwAw

Then use this instead of a wax ring http://www.amazon.com/Fernco-Inc-FTS.../dp/B000BQUJEA


This will only work with a new toilet....
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So anyway Mr Rocket Scientist goes to the Big Box store and picks up a 3" street closet flange.

With the acuity of the Three Stooges he quickly notes that it appears to be too small. Is it possible, could I be wrong, not I says Curley, not I says Moe, obviously Larrys fault. Hmmm

So back home with a ruler, did not need a ruler, that obvious.

Never underestimate my ability to turn a simple job into a project.

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Wasn't your flange a female one?
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So you bought the wrong one?
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No, when I picked up a 3" in the store I was pretty sure I had the wrong size. When I was 30 I did not make those mistakes, when I was 50 on occasion, it my 60's now and it happens far too often.

But like a wise philosopher once said, if you cannot laugh at yourself you are missing the best joke in your neighborhood

For some reason a flange is not male/female it is a street flange or too normal people a male fitting.
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I'm old and I still know how them female and male parts go together..

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