Re: Toilet flange removal and replacement.
Posted by Terry Love on July 07, 1998 at 17:10:53:
In response to Re: Toilet flange removal and replacement.

1) Can the lead sweep be reworked with a new flange, and would it be worth the cost (this doesn't look to be a DIY job)?

Yes, the sweep and flange can be replaced with ABS or PVC right into the cast iron pipe. It is not a DIY job. This is a common and difficult job for a plumber but very doable.

2) If a new flange can be worked in, at what point would I have that done. The old flange was installed on top of the tile, and I'm assuming that the same should be done with the new flange.

Most of the time, the flange is installed on the subflooring, then the underlayment and tile is installed around the flange. If the flange is installed over the tile, make sure that the flange is secured to the subfloor with screws. Drilling the tile can be a bit tricky.

A simple fix but more risky in terms of sealing, would be to replace the existing flange with a solid brass closet floor flange. The lead bend is bent over the flange. I have not seen these in hardware stores. I buy them from plumbing wholesalers. (Not easy to obtain) I try to carry a few in the vans at all time.

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