Removing Leaded Closet Flange

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by JKriebel, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. JKriebel

    JKriebel New Member

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    Hi, I searched the forum for my situation but came up empty. When we moved into our house the second floor toilet was leaking for a long time which rotted the subfloor around it. The closet flange is leaded into cast iron. How do I best go about removing it from the iron pipe so that I can install the subfloor properly?

    A response would be greatly appreciated.
    thanks
     
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Select a drill bit that is small enough to just fit between the flange and the pipe. Make a series of holes through the lead all of the way around - swiss cheese it. Then, take a screwdriver or something else that will fit in the holes and pry what's left of the lead out. Pick out the oakum packing, and pull it apart.
     
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    flange

    Hammer and chisel applied to both sides where the bolt slots are located.
     
  5. plumber1

    plumber1 Plumber

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    HJ is right, that works best for me and it only takes about 60 seconds...............Just give it a good whack....
     
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