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Old 09-28-2015, 04:17 PM   #1
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toilet flange + new vinyl floor


Hi all,

Quick question - I have an ABS flange in good shape, bolted over top of the original floor, also in good shape (but ugly). I'm placing a t&g waterproof vinyl click floor down over the original, I don't want to cut / remove the pipe / flange to lay the new floor as this is ABS with offset, tied into original cast iron stack with no room to play. There isn't enough play in the plumbing to wiggle the new tile in underneath the flange, and even if there was, the click-lock-into-place tile makes this a bit difficult. So I'm cutting it to go around the flange and then sitting the toilet back on top of that new tile.

I'm losing about 4 mm or 1/16" of the original flange height with the new floor tile going in place. Can I assume that a standard wax seal (Oatey) will not be a problem with a bit less flange height now (and a bit more space to fill)? Will it still seal ok?. The old seal lasted @ 18 years without a leak - hoping I am just as fortunate this time around.

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Old 09-28-2015, 04:31 PM   #2
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All the standard wax seals ( if there is a standard ) I ever measured were 1" thick. Lay your toilet on its side, put a straight edge across the bottom and measure the recess depth, compare to the wax height on the flange where the wax ring will go. This will tell you how much crush there will be on a new wax seal.

It doesn't need to be smashed like this to seal.
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Thanks SeniorSitizen - good idea...
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it should work just fine....
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Thanks Ben - bathroom reno is pretty stressful so I may be worried more than I should be. Only done 2 other toilets, both new installs, same type of flange on top of finished floor, no issues with these - but I'm no pro so any deviation gets me thinking....
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You'll be fine.

Use the wax ring with the sleeve in it.
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thanks griz - that's the type of wax ring that I picked up - appreciate the sanity check....
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