I'm re-doing the tile in a bathroom. Built in 2007, everything is in great shape. The photo shows the existing tile.
Is it acceptable to leave the white ring, cut at the light blue line, so I don't have to remove the white ring? I can cut the tile accurately and keep the new tile even with the remaining if I cut at the blue line. Seems easier to me if I don't mess with the white ring, and just clean /replace the wax seal.
I'm positive I can remove it, but I'm question whether I'd be creating other problems. The flange is fastened to the concrete under the tile. Rather than removing and having to re-fasten to the concrete I'm thinking to leave it alone, since it is already well secured to the concrete. I have limited tools / knowledge since I'm a DIY'er. Sorry I should have described it is connected to concrete & tile. I would hate to have a problem re-fastening to the concrete.
You'd need even more sophisticated tools to cut-out such a neat circle around the existing flange! If you just try to carefully break it with a hammer and chisel, then you'll most likely cause the screws to lose their grip anyway. All you need to re-screw back into the concrete is (maybe) a hammer drill and a screwdriver.
Another problem with what you're suggesting is that if there's a height difference (and there likely will be) between the old tile that the flange is sitting on and the new tile surrounding it, then your toilet could rock and eventually start leaking from the (broken) wax seal.
The flange has 5 concrete rivets on the outer part. I can't just unscrew the fasteners. The only screws are the 3 allen head screws on the inner bore. I'll have to pry up the rivets. I did find the part on the web, its a Bruco GH950P 4" PVC compression flange, either that or it is a 3" of the same type.
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