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Old 12-03-2010, 07:19 PM   #16
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We have a basement toilet that had a broken plastic flange welded to the pipe. We have had a family member working on it and he has fixed the toilet to the point where there's a new flange and it's all working with no leaks. The problem now is that, with the new rigging, the toilet sits about an inch off the tile floor. We can't use it until that problem is fixed. It has been suggested to us to use some sort of expandable foam under the toilet, let that dry, and that will support the toilet. I've tried to do research on a product like this, but I don't know what it is. Is this the best/easiest way to go about fixing the toilet? There's no way my husband's going to be up for starting over.
O.K. All you need is a piece of plywood with thickness equal of a gap between toilet base and tile floor.
#1 Remove the toilet completely
#2 Cut the plywood, size-- equal to toilet base+6 inches wider ;
cut a hole inside that plywood equal to toilet flange diameter+1/4 inch
#3 Thickness of that plywood must be equal to thickness of toilet flange or thickness of the gap between toilet base and the floor
#4 Lower that precut plywood into the flange,so flange will be fully functional ,but it will be in level with plywood
#5 Install a new wax ring over the flange--its thickness should be a little bit more than thickness of empty space inside toilet's bottom
#6 Now you have toilet standing on plywood and in level with the floor
#7 You may paint the plywood in the same color as tiles or for perfection--install the same tiles over left and right plywood spaces.

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Old 12-03-2010, 07:23 PM   #17
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Maybe some hydrolic cement? That would be kinda a hackish fix, but depending on how bad it is, might be doable, with a line of caulk around it. The tricky part is getting enough in there for a good and even support.
No Way! Toilet must sit on firm surface, not a caulk
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Red said hydrolic cement with caulk around it, not just caulk.
Although caulking an inch gap would be fun.....

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Old 12-03-2010, 10:35 PM   #19
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Hack hack hackity hack! Pull the toilet reset the flange correctly!
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Hack hack hackity hack! Pull the toilet reset the flange correctly!
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Old 12-04-2010, 08:05 AM   #21
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Not a plumber however the suggestions by plumbers on here is the greatest, pull toilet clean up all junk including old flange and replace with new flange as shown, replace toilet. No foam, no caulk, no floor buildup.

Just a nice well done clean replacement job. Ain't that what you were looking for?
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Old 12-06-2010, 01:58 AM   #22
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To your Plumbers!!! Favorite slogan I saw is

Your wife calls me to repair the things you fixed

Do it right or you are not going to be happy. You will know there was a way to do it correctly but you choose not to do it. Now my big problem is a personal pet peeve... I hate caulk (or anything) that seals the outside of the toilet to the floor! I went to a Drain blockage that had Caulk around the Toilet... Popped the Toilet and the Stench of urine that had soaked into the floor hit me like a ton of Bricks. The floor was completely rotten where this toilet had been leaking for months.

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