|Posted by Tom Lorraine on July 14, 2001 at 00:58:10:|
|In response to Re: Repair/Replace Broken Toilet Flange - Need Advice Please! (Long)|
I had a similar problem only the flange I was dealing with had broken all the way into the neck of the flange. I tried to chip it out as your lowes man suggested and I cracked the pipe. I thought I was going to have to spend a boat load of money and tear out the new floor I had just put in! I went ahead and cut/nipped the flange out flush with the opening of the pipe and ran gasket wax up into the hairline crack, wiped it and followed with a bit of pure silicone sealant to seal the pipe. I now had two choices,
1. I found a flange that would fit a 3" opening and but couldnt find a gasket/wax ring to fit the 2 1/2" opening remaining although Im sure someone makes one since someone makes the flange. so nix the new flange.
2. Fluid master has a wax free bowl gasket that fits 3and4 inch flanges. It has a heavy rubber
O-ring that goes on the outside of the gasket neck and when inserted in the flange makes a positive seal against around the gasket leaks.
Since I didnt have a flange ring (chipped away) I bought a flange extender(meant to raise the height [new flooring etc])this acted as my base. I secured it with 6 screws and then put the o-ring on the gasket neck that fits down in the pipe,pushed it down and basically had a new flange and gasket seal all in one. When the toilet is set in place the protruding lip of the toilet engages the thin rubber seal, presses it back in on the wall of the plastic gasket throat and effectively seals against backsplash! So far it has worked like a charm and I saved a LOT of $.
Wax free bowl gasket 7500 by Fluidmaster.
: : 1) Try slotting the rusted flange screws with a dremel tool (hope & pray they don't break off) and
: : 2) Cut the old flange out using a rotozip or dremel tool. This would leave me with the 3" waste pipe
: : Never heard this one... is it true?
: : The plumbing guy at Lowes says if I cut away part of the old flange, I can use a hammer & screwdriver
: : Your thoughts and advice would be much appreciated!
: : Thanks in advance....!
: : DeWayne
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