Flange/wax ring advice

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by T_Finan, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. T_Finan

    T_Finan New Member

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    Based on what I've read here, this may be a leaded connection to cast iron. So I don't think I should fool around with the current rusted but solid flange ring, even though it is bent in the left rear.

    I believe I have seen it mentioned that a leaded connection the only time some would use the wax ring with the plastic horn/ring included. Optionally since it is a low flange, the use of two wax rings may be in order.

    Any other suggestions/recommendations/comments?

    Thanks.

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  2. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    I don't think you saw any regulars on this forum recommend the use of a wax ring with the plastic horn. If that was my flange, I replace it, and if it is cast iron plumbing, I'd have a plumber install it because as a DIYer, molten lead and oakum is well above my ability. Why put a new toilet that should last for many years to come on a rusted and bent flange that wasn't properly installed in the first place?
  3. T_Finan

    T_Finan New Member

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    Thanks, that was my feeling (have a plumber replace) when I saw it. But I haven't seen as many of these as others so maybe they all look like that?
  4. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    Have the plumber install a stainless steel flange. It will cost a bit more, but will never rust out. The flange will set on top of the finished floor, and I'd use #12 stainless steel screws to anchor the flange through the finished floor and into the sub floor. Brass is too weak and can easily snap off.
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