Toilet Flange - How Terrible Is This?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by keystone73, May 16, 2011.

  1. keystone73

    keystone73 New Member

    May 16, 2011
    Not a plumber
    I live in a 150 year old, 3 story rowhome. Nothing was designed to be the way it is now, and nothing is ever easy to work on.

    I pulled up my old 1950s toilet thinking I had an easy DIY project. This is what I found. The flange is slightly above the tile. Presumably more importantly, the flange is not supported by the floor on either side. The right side of the toilet is worse and is pictured below.

    Any advice? I am only semi-handy. Even if the advice is 'call a carpenter, plumber and tile guy', I'd like to be educated about what should happen to make this right.


    Last edited: May 16, 2011
  2. cwhyu2

    cwhyu2 Consultant

    Aug 11, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    You are not going to be able to screw that flange down.
    Cut off the T bolts with hacksaw and replace with brass ones.
    Then fill in the voids with fast setting cement.
    The flange may look like crap but it looks like it will be ok.
    Water plug mixed with some sand mix.
    Last edited: May 16, 2011
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  4. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

    Jan 5, 2008
    Test, Don't Guess!
    Land of Cheese
    It's a leaded flange on a cast iron pipe, which is sitting at the proper level. There is really not necessary to do anything other than install new bolts and wax ring. If you want to patch the floor, go for it, but it's really not causing a problem.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    cast iron flanges in a lead/oakum jointed system do NOT have to be "supported, or even secured" to the floor. But if there is anything wrong with that one, which we cannot see, a plumber can remove it and install a new one in a matter of minutes.
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