Removing Leaded Closet Flange

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by JKriebel, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. JKriebel

    JKriebel New Member

    Jun 23, 2006
    Hi, I searched the forum for my situation but came up empty. When we moved into our house the second floor toilet was leaking for a long time which rotted the subfloor around it. The closet flange is leaded into cast iron. How do I best go about removing it from the iron pipe so that I can install the subfloor properly?

    A response would be greatly appreciated.
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Select a drill bit that is small enough to just fit between the flange and the pipe. Make a series of holes through the lead all of the way around - swiss cheese it. Then, take a screwdriver or something else that will fit in the holes and pry what's left of the lead out. Pick out the oakum packing, and pull it apart.
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    Hammer and chisel applied to both sides where the bolt slots are located.
  5. plumber1

    plumber1 Plumber

    Aug 7, 2005
    HJ is right, that works best for me and it only takes about 60 seconds...............Just give it a good whack....
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