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    DIY Senior Member TedL's Avatar
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    Default Lead sleeve - what does it do?

    I found my basement toilet drain has a lead sleeve over the flange going into the cast iron. What purpose does it serve? To smooth the inside surface when a set screw mounted flange has been used??

    If I remove this sleeve to inspect the flange and replace the toilet mounting bolts, are replacements (or substitutes) still available?

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    We would have to see a picture, because usually that lead "sleeve" is the actual drain pipe for the toilet.

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    Here are pics:

    Top view: http://123pichosting.com/images/8253P1010114.JPG

    Side view: http://123pichosting.com/images/5815P1010116.JPG

    It's a basement toilet, on a slab. House built 1985; basement was finished in 1989; I removed a 1994 AS toilet to replace with something that works.
    (I've owned home for 5 months.)

    There's a flange below the sleeve, and it goes down into 3" CI, apparently with a hub at the top.

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    You were too close and/or used too high of a resolution for the pictures. They are huge and blurred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hj
    You were too close and/or used too high of a resolution for the pictures. They are huge and blurred.
    Clicking on the link and resizing the Explorer window to about a quarter of the screen lets them show well.

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