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Old 05-12-2012, 09:49 PM   #1
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I'm preparing my bathroom floor for tile and before i set plywood, hardibacker, tile on my floor want to make sure that ill be able to put new toilet on this flange (i attached picture). Center of the flange is 12" from the wall, it has 8 holes?? 4 of them are big enough to fit T-Screws, but it looks very different from what i see around, spacing between big holes is 3" 3/4. I'm wondering if i cut t part from toilet screws and attach those from bellow, would they still align with toilet screw holes? and which holes should i use - ones closer to the wall or further away? Not sure how this type of flange is called, so was unable to find any directions online, please help thank you. Btw the whole thing seems to be pretty solid and well preserved, so id rather keep it this way if it is possible.
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#1 When ever possible when you have a room gutted like that it's best to replace all that old cast iron and any steel supply lines.
#2 I hope you plan to remove all those old floor boards and replace with new subflooring.

Some old house like your used dowel bolts to hold the toilet to the subflooring. Like the top one in this picture but made of brass. There sold in any plumbing store or HD and Lowes.
http://images.search.yahoo.com/image...mb=Xwi4JCiNfjZ
Not the best way because if the subfloor gets damp the bolts pull out.


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that is odd it almost looks like someone used a pipe flange instead of a toilet flange
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is the 90 under flange lead or cast iron
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Good point, How big is the inside Dia.?
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Yes, ill definitively replace those boards, but before going any further, wanted to figure out this flange problem I already had plummer replace my shower valve, he also told me that this flange is in good condition.. i definitively wont be able to replace it by myself and would rather not have plummer come in again if i can go around this.
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Good point, How big is the inside Dia.?
I assume its around 3" since those bigger holes are 3 3/4 apart.. and i grew up with metric so i might be wrong anyway, i'm back at my old house so will only be able to measure tomorrow. An old toilet was installed with four screws in the floor they were all badly rusted.
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to me it looks like lead back to the cast 90, i am one that usually says " if it is not broke do not fix it" but the lead made toilet arms have bit me to many times in the butt on remodels. so i always eliminate them. so i ask this if you leave alone and finish project and in a few years or less it starts to leak can you fix it from below or tear out your new floor cheaper than eliminating the problem now
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that is odd it almost looks like someone used a pipe flange instead of a toilet flange
My first thought as well.
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Thanks for all replies, after no sleep over night i came up with this idea.. thinking to make those two small holes on sides bigger so that i could fit t bolts, remove t part from them, secure them bellow the flange, use other four holes to secure flange to the floor (not that its not secure already, its really solid as i said). Already measured the gap between flange and subfloor it should be just at the right level as tile. Then when i get new toilet, will first put wax ring without flange, then one with the flange. Hopefully there are no big NO NO's in my plan.
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if you really want to leave it use this on top off existing flange
http://www.oatey.com/Channel/Shared/...ge+Spacer.html
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Ok, i did not notice first time, but there is little crack on lead pipe, someone probably put a nail in it while doing old flooring.. so will have plummer replace the whole thing, i guess its good i noticed. Have no idea how much its going to cost.
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Ok, i did not notice first time, but there is little crack on lead pipe, someone probably put a nail in it while doing old flooring.. so will have plummer replace the whole thing, i guess its good i noticed. Have no idea how much its going to cost.
very good judgement darius I was not going to say anything as I read the comments hoping you would come to the proper conclusion.....great call..you won't regret it ..ben
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as i said in post #8 if not changed it will bite you in the butt later good call to replace

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