broken bolt on cast iron toilet flange

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  1. BackedUp

    BackedUp New Member

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    I was thinking it was fused to the flange after 60 years of corrosion, but you may be right. (It occurred to me after spraying the WD-40 that combining a highly flammable spray with highly flammable sewer gases may not have been the best idea.)
  2. Terry

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    What?
    I don't see flames coming from plumbing vents anywhere.
    The smell is bad, but it's not going to light.
  3. BackedUp

    BackedUp New Member

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    Flammable, not flames. That's why I read, at least: highly toxic and highly flammable.
  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Show me the link. I could use a good laugh!
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    I don't remember exactly where I saw it. I think it was one of the eHow articles on how to remove old closet bolts. There are lots of mentions of methane being present in sewer gases and that being a risk of combustion.
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    Well that explains it. An eHow article. Never in my entire lifetime has that ever happened. I can see how imaginary things like that are important to some people when they start writing articles.

    At least something like "Don't run with sissors!" I can see happening.
  7. BackedUp

    BackedUp New Member

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    Well, it didn't happen for me, either, so I can't really disagree with you. :)
  8. Terry

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    Absolutely do not do this! That may make sense to someone making stuff up, but it's not correct.
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    BackedUp New Member

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    Fortunately, I followed American Standard's installation instructions!
  10. wptski

    wptski Retired Machine Repairman

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    I watched a video from a plumbing supply company on how to replace a closet flange and not one of the many DIY types where they said to use a propane, etc. torch on the flange. I don't remember if this was to melt the lead chalk or burn off old wax.

    I also didn't have room for the extra nuts on closet bolts.
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2013
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