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klemmy 04-15-2007 07:29 AM

Toilette flange spacer
After remodeling my bath with a new tile floor, the toilette flange is about 1/4" below the tile. I bought a flange spacer at home depot but it did not come with a gasket. Do I need to worry about sealing between the spacer and the flange? Both are made of pvc. I bought a couple of different wax rings to use between the spacer and the toilette but I wasnt sure about this spacer. One of the rings I bought was made for flanges that are too low. Should I just use this ring instead of the spacer or what?

Any help would be appreciated.

zel 04-15-2007 01:23 PM

Ugh. I just went through this. I bought the same spacer. When I installed it, there was plenty of wax left on the old flange, so I just centered the new spacer and screwed it down. I bought the wax ring with the black plastic "funnel" that actually goes in past the spacer, hoping it would let the waste enter the PVC beyond the point where the spacer meets the old flange anyway. It seems to have worked, however, If I was to do it again, I would probably buy the metal version I seen at the store. Even with the toilet bolted down to the new spacer, you can rock the toilet if you push it from side to side. None of my other toilets are loose like that and none of them have needed any spacers. I think its the flimsiness of the spacer.

Ron The Plumber 04-15-2007 01:53 PM

Silcone good between the two, and screw them together with non-corrosive screws.

Mike Swearingen 04-15-2007 01:59 PM

A toilet flange is supposed to be flush on top of the finished floor (and bolted securely to it) with the thickness of the flange itself above floor level.
A toilet should not slide, rock or move at all or it WILL leak sooner or later.
If that bath is above a basement or crawlspace, I would cut the line, raise the flange properly and bolt it on top of the tile. (I use Tapcon bolts in the correct-sized pilot holes.
If it is a plastic line, you can re-connect it with a Fernco coupling. If it's cast iron, you will need a no-hub coupling.
If that bath is on a slab or second floor, another trick is to double up the wax rings, with one of the kind with the plastic "horn" on top.
I've done it successfuly both ways.
Good Luck!
Ron posted while I was writing my reply. Can't go wrong with silicone caulk, an we Ron. LOL

Ron The Plumber 04-15-2007 02:03 PM


Originally Posted by Mike Swearingen (Post 41059)
Can't go wrong with silicone caulk, an we Ron. LOL

:laughing: There are places for it. Then there are places it's not really needed.

klemmy 04-17-2007 12:41 PM

ok, without changing the existing flange, what is my best option? Should I just leave it 1/8" - 1/4" below the tile and use the extender wax ring or should I use the spacer?

You guys have me worried that the spacer will make things worse.

Ron The Plumber 04-17-2007 01:50 PM

Spacer it, silcone it good between the two and screw them together.

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