Broken flange, need help!

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by $550camaro, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. $550camaro

    $550camaro New Member

    Jun 28, 2007
    Hello, Im trying to redo my mothers bathroom but I have come into a snag. while cleaning the wax out from the drain, I managed to break the flange areas where the bolts would go for the toilet. Now I bought a repair ring for it but the flange is oval shaped and the ring does not fit on it. I do have the 2 pieces that broke off and the seem to be sturdy ( First time doing this and kinda jumped in to quickly. I actually pried them off thinking that the whole ring would just come off.) Anyways, I dont know what kind of metal it is but can it be bonded back on or is there another kind of repair kit that would work? also the floor is toraza(sp?) so I dont wanna have to break apart the floor.

    Any and all help is much apreciated!Thanks!
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    If it is oval you must have a "cheap" offset collar, and if so you are basically out of luck other than to replace it.
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  4. $550camaro

    $550camaro New Member

    Jun 28, 2007
    What kind of cost am I looking at have a plumper replace it?
  5. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    Professional plumbers usually won't even speculate on a job cost that they can not see in person. There are so many variables that can affect the cost of any job. I suspect the reason for that oval flange that the closet bend is too close to the back wall to set the toilet on a straight flange, but that's just a guess. The best thing to do is get local plumbers to give you estimates.
  6. GrumpyPlumber

    GrumpyPlumber Licensed Grump

    Jun 18, 2007
    Plumber, self employed
    Licensed Grump
    I resemble that remark!
    I have a flat rate for flange replacements...they're not usually too complicated...but there are variables. there is a strong possibility the "ring" you got can be used, no way to tell as said above, without seeing it.
    Also...those flange repair/replacement rings come in two varieties...solid steele (about $15) and the other cheaper, often hinged or crescent shaped, ones that look like a curved "C" channel...they warp & bend when you tighten the johnny bolts - causing the toilet to be semi-mobile...but they're cheaper.
    The "right way to do this is to remove the old flange, which can be a little pricey, depending on who you get, and whether some repiping below is needed.
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