Flange too low and no "room"? for a new one

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by Seattle_Scott, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. Seattle_Scott

    Seattle_Scott New Member

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    Original flange mounting was too low (flange was mounted to subfloor (3/4) plywood). I'm probably going to put in tile which will make the height difference worse.

    I'd like to cut off the old flange and glue on a new one when the new floor is done but wonder if I have enough room to do anything. Am I being a chicken for not wanting to have a plumber come in and redo the stuff in the picture just to get the flange a little higher.

    Any suggestions? I'd really like to do a rubber coupling if there isn't an easy ABS solution but don't know if that is per code in the greater Seattle area.

    Thanks,
    SS
     

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  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Nix on the rubber coupling.

    You could split out the pipe in the hub of the fitting.
    That's hard to describe though.
    Plumbers do it sometimes.
    What they did before was use two wax rings.
    A fluidmaster Waxless seal works pretty good for that too, if you don't raise the flange.
     
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    flange

    My recommendation would be to get rid of the all plastic flange now, before it breaks, (and it sometimes happens as soon as you try to set the toilet back in place), and you have to do it through the new tile. A plumber should be able to remove the flange and then install a new one after the tile is done, (or you could glue the new one on then).
     
  5. Seattle_Scott

    Seattle_Scott New Member

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    Yep, got a plumber coming out tomorrow morning. I talked to an acquaintance that used to be a plumber and he told me how to get the old pipe out but hiring a plumber that has the skills and "touch" sounds like the smart thing to me.

    Once the floor is fixed and the tile is in I'll glue it all up.

    Thanks for the advice guys !!!

    SS
     
  6. molo

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    Just wondering what kind of flange you would recommend if he gets rid of the all plastic one?

    TIA,
    Molo
     
  7. markts30

    markts30 Commercial Plumber

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    ABS fitting with a metal ring....
     
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