Installation help/advice

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by farmguy, Mar 30, 2007.

  1. farmguy

    farmguy New Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    New at this plumbing business. I've removed an old toilet and torn up the linoleum floor in the bathroom (along with the 1/8" backing) so as to get down to the original hardwood floors.

    This has left the toilet flange sitting about 1/4" above the hardwood floor although there is still some of the old flooring under the flange itself.

    Is this an issue when installing the new toilet or will the wax ring seal that 1/4" gap? If it is an issue, is there a flange adaptor piece or some such thing that would solve the issue? I'm sure I'm not the first guy to have run into this.
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Your toilet probably won't seat properly. The toilet sits on the floor, there is a circular depression in the toilet that gets filled with the wax ring which presses down on the flange to seal things. If the flange sits too high, the toilet will rock or there will be no room for any wax and it will likely leak. Three choices if it doesn't sit flat...tear out the flange and lower it (best alternative), look for a toilet with a higher opening (not likley but there are slight differences), or raise the toilet back up on a platform. If it is a cast iron flange and pipe, lowering it isn't too bad nor is it if it is pvc, especially if you have access from below. If you do, and it it cast iron or pvc (or abs), you could cut out a section and rebuild it to the proper height.
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  4. farmguy

    farmguy New Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    Thanks Jim,

    You've confirmed what I thought. As it happens, I can access the ABS pipe from underneath in the unfinished basement, so the cut & lower will be the way I'm going to go.

  5. leejosepho

    leejosepho DIY scratch-pad engineer

    Nov 23, 2006
    disabled-retired industrial fabricator
    200 miles south of Little Rock
    Yes, and be sure your floor is at its finished height before installing the new flange on top of it.
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