Tile floor closet flange issues. With picture.

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by coyote556, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. coyote556

    coyote556 New Member

    Can anyone offer any advise on this. I screwed up and tiled this floor right up to the 3"abs opening in a concrete floor. I bought an inside closet flange for 3" abs, however the problem is the flange has a small shelf on the bottom of it, which makes it sit up too hight off the floor for the toilet to go flush. I was wondering if I could just attach a closet ring to the floor with Tapcons, to hold the toilet bolts in place, and use a wax ring with a horn? As you can see from the pictures, the top edge of the 3" abs is only 3/8" below the level surface of the tile. I appreciate any help and advice. Thanks

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  2. frenchie

    frenchie Jack of all trades

    Inside pipe cutter.
  3. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

    Can you chisel away some of that tile, so your flange will sit flush?
  4. BAPlumber

    BAPlumber Plumber

    Vashon, Washington
    If you can chisel (knock out) enough tile to get your flange to set flush, great. there are a "hundred" different flanges out there and one would problably work for you.

    I once found a 3" solid abs closet flange that would fit in my confined space (without the "shelf"). My supplier didn't have what I needed, but when we went to see what they had, I found what I needed. sometimes they put back into stock, products that are returned, and were from other sources.
  5. coyote556

    coyote556 New Member

    If I start busting on that tile, how big of a risk do I run of it shattering where it will be visible even after the toilet is set?
  6. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    New England
    WIth a Dremel tool or maybe a rotozip and some craftmanship, you could probably grind away the ridge on the flange that is preventing it from getting flush
  7. markts30

    markts30 Commercial Plumber

    Phoenix, AZ
    A diamond wheel on an angle grinder should allow you to score thetile surface and allow you to chip it back enough to put the flange on...
  8. inside flange

    that dont too tooo bad

    they do make a flange that will go into the
    inside of the 3 inch pipe

    why dont you go out and buy one for 5 bucks
    and see if it does not just fall into place???
  9. coyote556

    coyote556 New Member

    I like the diamond wheel idea. As for the inside 3" flange, that is what I am using, however it has a small "shelf" on the bottom side of it and this "shelf" is keeping the flange from going flush with the floor.
  10. mrmedic

    mrmedic Junior Member

    coyote556 , Before you try to chisel the tile use a glass cutter to scribe a line where you want the tile to brake. Like maybe 1/4" out from where the flange would be. Then use a chisel and take out a little at a time. That should do it.

  11. frenchie

    frenchie Jack of all trades

    Is the "shelf" hitting the tile, the excess mortar, or the pipe?
  12. coyote556

    coyote556 New Member

    It is hitting the tile
  13. somebody already made a nice clean cut in that tile. It looks like a big notch in a big tile.

    Somebody comfortable with a grinder will be able to kick up some dust when they shape that straightedged hole into the shape required to make everything fit.

  14. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Cave Creek, Arizona

    A hammer and a small chisel will remove the tile, but I would NEVER use a flange that inserts into a 3" pipe. I would cut the concrete away on the outside first and use a conventional flange.
  15. elvisclock

    elvisclock New Member

    Using a flange that fits inside a 3" pipe is asking for trouble as you are immediatley reducing the size of the pipe. The same goes with the horned wax rings.
  16. whether to use a drill to get holes started, and then use a hammer and small chisel, or whether to use a grinder, depends on your comfort level.

    dav id
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