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Old 04-20-2008, 09:34 AM   #16
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I'm sure it's a cast flange. A lot of the newer case flanges though are put in with some type of compression seal. If that's the case he can remove the flange and cut it down with a sawzall or grinder. My money is on it being leaded in though.

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If it's a cast flange and compressed on it, you will see 4 bolts on top, probably 7/16 of 1/2 socket, that you loosen up, this frees the compression ring, if this was a compressed flange, you would not see a ring,.
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Another reason the flange was set that high is that they might have roughed the waste in too high, and if they use a 4 x 3 closet bend then there would be no way to lower the flange if the flange could be removed, now the flange can be removed but without seeing the whole picture, no sense in talking about how that works..
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OK. I got the scoop. I think I figured out what happened here and why it looked the way it did. But first, here's a few pictures of what I've been trying to describe:

Here's a picture of the flange that I've been talking about:

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...langetoday.jpg

Here's the space it's situated in:

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...angetoday2.jpg

Here's the marble slab (now broken apart into 2 pieces):

http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s...one/marble.jpg

What happened is I took a crowbar to try to raise the marble slab in order to check out how I could disengage the flange. The marble slab then broke into two pieces. Although I was sorry to see the marble slab broken, I was then able to check out the flange more closely. I'm not sure what the flange is made of, but it's a hard metal, and it's definitely soldered down solid (the house was built in 1965). The flange, coming from the floor, is kind of dog-legged. I'm sure you professionals have plumbing terms for these things, but since I don't know the correct terms, I'll just describe them the best I can. From what I can guess, the plumbing stuff underneath the floor was put in too close to one of the walls. So, in order to center the toilet better in the space allowed, they used this type of dog-legged flange to move the center of the toilet over 4 inches from the opening in the floor. And because they had to use this type of raised flange, they had to use this marble slab in order to hide the raised portion.

So what do I do now? Here's my guess. I'll go ahead and ceramic tile the floor. It looks like I have to keep the flange as is. Then, I'll thin-set the marble pieces back into place and glue them together. I'll then thin-set ceramic tile (since it has a crack in it now) onto the sides and on the top of this marble slab.

Does this sound right? Does anyone have any good suggestions for me?
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Looks like you will need to put back what was there, or build a new platform.
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That's a brass flange. The only way to lower it would be to open the floor and even then their are no guarantees.
Another option is to raise the entire floor. See the flooring forum for more exact instructions but basically you can anchor wire mesh to the slab and pour a couple inches of cement in there then tile making the flange flush with the floor. You will have a step up to the bathroom but in my opinion it would look better than having a slab like that.

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