Re: Can I remove a leaded closet flange, or do I need a pro?
Posted by Dave K on April 30, 2003 at 12:49:58:
In response to Re: Can I remove a leaded closet flange, or do I need a pro?
Hi John...

I had almost the identical situation; same age house, same tile floor w/ a wire mesh, lead closet bend.

My intent was to re-do the flooring. When I gutted the bathroom and took out the toilet, I realized there was no closet flange; the toilet was simply bolted to the floor.

Rather than worry about replacing the lead closet bend with a PVC bend, I just laid down the new sub floor and new tile, and pounded the lead flange "lip" over the new tile with a mallet(the 5/8" you speak of should be soft enough to tap down over the new material). Unless your lead flange is cracked or broken, I wouldn't worrry about replacing it. As long as the new wax ring on your toilet seals up over the opening, you should be good to go.

Plus, if it lasted 50 years as it was, why would it not last another 50?

Dave K

: Hi. I am in the process of remodeling my bathroom. Everything is gutted and I have come across a problem. The old flooring was tile on a cement and chicken wire base from 50 years ago. It was about 1.25" thick. I removed it down to the subfloor, and was going to install hardibacker and then new tile.

: The problem is that this will leave the bottom of the existing cast and leaded flange about 5/8" above the new tile. Very bad, I know. To further complicate the issue, I live in a split level and this bathroom is above my family room. I don't want to have to break out the ceiling in that room.

: So, is this a job I can do myself? My skills are generally good, I am doing the whole bathroom myself. What tools will I need? How long will it take? Is it just easier/cheaper on a cost-benefit basis to have a pro do it?

: The bathroom is only 6' x 7'. I've only spent $1200 on materials, so I would prefer to not spend a lot on a plumber to do this. If I have to, how much should I pay for this job?

: One last thing - it was suggested to me to just build up the floor I need in a rectangle around the toilet, effectively making a little pedestal. I think this will look silly, but it would be a lot easier. Any thoughts on this?

: Thanks for any and all advice you can give me.

: --John