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Old 11-18-2006, 11:26 PM   #1
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Hello, question from a newbie here. Recently I went to replace my toilet, and after I removed the old toilet I discovered that the flange was in pretty bad shape (see pictures). I was counting on a simple toilet swap, but fixing this may be out of my league. I'm comfortable replacing floor tiles, but I don't know about ripping up the floor and what not. Could someone give me an idea of what it may take to fix this?

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Old 11-19-2006, 06:51 AM   #2
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The pics are a bit dark so I cannot see the whole situation. You may want to consider using a "Super ring" repair/replacement flange. I have included a link with pics of one. They run about $9 and I think most Home Centers carry them. The tabs around the outside are for securing the ring to the floor. You MAY need to chip away a bit more tile to install one of these.

http://plumbing.hardwarestore.com/51...nt-606088.aspx

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Old 11-19-2006, 08:13 AM   #3
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I brightened it up so we can see the problem, do you have access to the underside? I don't know why these type of flanges were made, this happen to them all the time.
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I brightened it up so we can see the problem, do you have access to the underside? I don't know why these type of flanges were made, this happen to them all the time.
Well, it's on the second floor above the garage, so I suppose I can get to it from there. It's not possible just to replace the blue part, is it? I'd have to replace that entire section of PVC?
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The pics are a bit dark so I cannot see the whole situation. You may want to consider using a "Super ring" repair/replacement flange. I have included a link with pics of one. They run about $9 and I think most Home Centers carry them. The tabs around the outside are for securing the ring to the floor. You MAY need to chip away a bit more tile to install one of these.

http://plumbing.hardwarestore.com/51...nt-606088.aspx
Thanks, I found one of these at Home Depot. Any idea how long this will this last if it's mounted on top of the old rusted part?
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The best way is to access the underside, replace it with a schd 40 PVC Flange, Thats what I would require if I was to fix this for you.
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I am in agreement with Ron that the "best" way is to replace it, but, the Super-ring is an easy DIY thing. I am assuming that the original flange, although rotted out, was not leaking.
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i have the same problem. flange looks exactly what i have but it is on a cement slab. it goes into a 4in pvc drain. also 2 bolts that hold flange to floor just spin and do not tighten. i did have leakage as linoleum around floor was mildew or mold. question is do i need to remove flange and if so how?
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If you do decide on replacing the whole flange, I suggest one with a stainles steel ring as opposed to the blue or red rings. And definately don't use an all PVC ring (garbage, cheap, builders grade crap)
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I'm in the same situation, too, but the pipes are in wood subflooring. How does access from underneath help me? The floor has very little room around the pipe to access the flange from the underneath, but i think i am noticing the bottom of the flange's 4" pipe that connects to the main pipe. How is this flange (& 4" piece) connected to the pipe? does it yank off? cut it off? screw? and then how is the new one put on, when most of the pipe part is in the flooring? Also, am I risking leakage, as well, if I replace this ring-even with a good quality one?
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If you can post a picture from the top and from the floor below,somebody will give you the best solution for your situation.----The steel or brass flange repair rings will work when installed correctly.--Mike--
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how do I get the old flange out and what kind do I replace it with ? could it be glued in?

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I was hoping to get some feedback on this pipe issue. Does the old flange have to come out of the pipe and if so, do I just cut that section of the pipe out? It seems so complicated. I read about the guy in 2006, where he should just replace the ring. Is that sufficient? I have never had a leak, either. Please advise.
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That look like an easy fix--go buy a new flange--a coupling and a short length of pipe--

study the depth of the coupling---cut off the old pipe so you can get the coupling --pipe and new flange into place---Make sure you have the correct glue and primer for that type of pipe.

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I'm having a problem with our downstairs toilet...problem is that the flange has broken screws. I've attached a couple of pictures that show what I have. It previously used to extra thick wax gaskets with the reinforced ring. We have only been living in this home for the past 2 years and just now discovered this under the toilet. What options do I have? How do I fix our flange so I can use a toilet?
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