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JoeV 11-17-2008 09:22 AM

Toilet Install
I'm putting new tile on my bathroom floor. I revoved the old tile and about an inch thick layer of thinset (or something like it) that the tile was on. Since the flooring is plywood, I'll use hardibacker on the floor before putting the new tile.

The toilet flange was always a little too high, but now the toilet won't go down over it. How do I go about lowering the flang?

Thanks in advance for your help,

bradnailer 11-17-2008 09:32 AM

Is the drain pipe PVC or cast iron?

majakdragon 11-17-2008 12:27 PM

Since you stated the floor was wood, I assume you have a crawlspace or basement. You will need to get under the toilet area to see if you have enough pipe going to the flange, to be able to remove the one inch.

bradnailer 11-17-2008 01:23 PM

I'm not a cast iron guy, but if the drain pipe and closet flange are PVC, you can take a dremel with a cutter wheel and cut the PVC from the inside of the flange/pipe to remove the amount you need then glue up a new flange.

JoeV 11-17-2008 08:06 PM

The pipe is PVC.

JoeV 11-17-2008 08:08 PM

The bathroom is on the 2nd floor. The ceiling for the room downstairs prevents me from getting to it from the underside.

JoeV 11-17-2008 08:11 PM

Thanks. Looks like I'll have to cut it with a dremel.

majakdragon 11-17-2008 11:17 PM

JoeV. Hopefully you can see down on the outside of the flange to figure out how far down inside the pipe you need to cut. Many PVC flanges have about a 3" long collar that slides down and glues to the pipe. Not all do, some are only an inch, but thats why you need to see how far down it goes. Cutting inside a pipe with a dremel is not as easy as it sounds, so be careful.

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