(206) 949-5683, Top Rated Plumber, Seattle
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 17

Thread: Toilet installation help - toilet sits on flange

  1. #1
    DIY Junior Member beerdog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Buffalo Grove IL (Chicago area)
    Posts
    7

    Default Toilet installation help - toilet sits on flange

    This looks like a cool forum. This is my first time posting. I am installing a new toilet to get some better flushing performance. Purchased a Eljer Titan 4. Replacing a Kohler low flow from the early 90's or 80's. Always have to flush twice on #2.

    The issue is the toilet rocks arround on the closet flange. The old toilet has about a 1/4" more clearance underneath so there was no interference. Here are some details. I took pics but can't find my camera cable...grrrrrr.

    -Installing on concete basement floor.
    -Floor is tiled up to the the flange. Floor is level in all direction.
    -Closet flange is the original cast iron pipe from 37yrs ago.
    -Closet flange is not level. Front is 1/4" higher than back.This translates to allot over the full length of the toilet base. Still need to measure that.
    -Front of flange is about 3/4" above the tile. I estimate it needs to come down 1/4".
    -Flange is solid and not rusted out.

    How should I adress this. I am assuming it is best to have the toilet as flush to the floor as possible since the floor is level.
    -Shim it? Seems like it would be a large gap to shim. The whole toilet will have to sit on shims.
    -Is the closet flange removable? (i.e twist of)
    -Cut off the flange to replace it?
    -What would be the best way to replace it if yes on that? I have seen a few choices. The type that screw to the floor. Also seen a type that slips into the pipe with an expanding seal to hold it in place.
    -Will replacing the flange make a difference since the pipe receiving it is not perpendicular to the floor.
    -maybe grind down the flange front to get some clearance.
    Please help. I am tired of flushing twice.
    Last edited by beerdog; 04-06-2011 at 11:57 AM.

  2. #2
    Forum Admin, Expert Plumber Terry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Bothell, Washington
    Posts
    14,191
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    If the bowl does not reach the floor when set on the flange without wax, then you may need either a lift or shims to raise the bowl over the flange.
    You could also throw a layer of tile down and raise the floor level.
    Or you might try another bowl that has more room underneath. There are plenty of bowls that will give you good performance now.

    If the flange is high, make sure you are using a wax without the horn.

    The Eljer Titan 4 is the same as the American Standard Champion 4
    Attached Images Attached Images  
    Last edited by Terry; 04-06-2011 at 11:01 AM.

  3. #3
    DIY Junior Member beerdog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Buffalo Grove IL (Chicago area)
    Posts
    7

    Default

    Are they really the same? I think HD had the AS Champion for $30 less. GRRRR.

    I corrected my post. The flange is actually a 1/4" higher in the front.

    I still have to measure it, but I think I will have to shim it or build up the floor 3/4". That just seems like too much and will be very noticeable.

    Would it be wise to have the flange replaced or reset using the lead setting method? Based on other posts I have been reading that would be the professional and best approach? I was thinking of attempting my self, but other posts lead me in the direction of calling a plumber. I would only have 1 chance at getting it right.

  4. #4
    Retired Defense Industry Engineer jadnashua's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    New England
    Posts
    21,382

    Default

    The cost of the tools to properly reset a leaded in connection on CI would likely pay for a plumber to do it for you, right, the first time.
    Jim DeBruycker
    Important note - I'm not a pro
    Retired Defense Industry Engineer; Schluter 2.5-day Workshop Completed 2013, 2014

  5. #5
    Test, Don't Guess! cacher_chick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Land of Cheese
    Posts
    3,140

    Default

    A new flange can be installed at the proper height (and flat), which is the best solution to your problem.

  6. #6
    DIY Junior Member beerdog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Buffalo Grove IL (Chicago area)
    Posts
    7

    Default

    I cleaned it up real good and now understand how this goes together. The pipe is plumb. The flange is simply poorly installed and tilted to rear. I will likely call a plumber. Sounds liek a 15 minute job for a pro. What should I expect to pay....ballpark? I am guessing $100-150 installed.

    BUT...what tools are needed? I have many tools and the capability to melt lead. Based on other posts read, is the following the basic procedure.

    1.Drill out the lead
    2. remove the flange.
    3. Clean it up good
    4. position the new flange
    5. Pack in the Oakum
    6. pour in the lead
    7. install the toilet with wax ring


    I am sure I am over simplifying it.

  7. #7
    In the Trades Gary Swart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Yakima WA
    Posts
    7,246

    Default

    American Standard makes a number of brands including Eljer. Not known for quality, especially when buying from discount stores. That's where AS dumps their blems.

  8. #8
    Forum Admin, Expert Plumber Terry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Bothell, Washington
    Posts
    14,191
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    Here is a nice page on pouring a lead joint

    http://www.terrylove.com/lead_joint.htm


  9. #9
    DIY Junior Member beerdog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Buffalo Grove IL (Chicago area)
    Posts
    7

    Default

    Thanks for the link Terry. I tried looking at some books on how to do this but all they show is installing an expanding repair flange.

    Well, I got the flange off using the method of drilling out the lead. It was definitly a poor installation. The flange easily sits level. I have a few questions.

    1) Is there any reason to reuse the flange? It is in good shape. I could easily clean it up and run it across my wire wheels.

    2) There is a bit of a void under the soil pipe elbow and it wiggles a little. Should I fill it with something like crushed gravel, sand, or concrete?

    3) Can the old lead be reused even though it is a bit dirty

  10. #10
    Retired Defense Industry Engineer jadnashua's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    New England
    Posts
    21,382

    Default

    If the flange is in good shape, you can reuse it, as you can reuse the lead (the impurities will crust on the top when melting it, you can skim them off). A CI pipe that can move probably means a compromised joint.
    Jim DeBruycker
    Important note - I'm not a pro
    Retired Defense Industry Engineer; Schluter 2.5-day Workshop Completed 2013, 2014

  11. #11
    DIY Junior Member beerdog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Buffalo Grove IL (Chicago area)
    Posts
    7

    Default

    Thanks for the info. I went to buy a new flange and the guy at the counter said to reuse the one I removed because it was better than what is sold today. It is much beefier and has a larger internal lip to pack the oakum on to. I still bought the new one. He said bring it back if I decide not to use. Said he was a plumber for 17yrs and would reuse it if it were his house.

  12. #12
    Moderator & Master Plumber hj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    Posts
    25,605

    Default

    If you were PAYING me to replace the flange, I would take about 1 minute to break the old one off the pipe and remove it, assuming it is NOT poured into the concrete floor. Then another couple of minutes to apply the oakum, and finally a few minutes to melt and pour the lead, but regardless of how quickly it was done, you would still pay the minimum cost plus parts, which would approximate your $150.00 estimate.

  13. #13
    In the Trades Gary Swart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Yakima WA
    Posts
    7,246

    Default

    If I was close to where you are, I'd like to come and spend the day watching you pour your first lead joint. Boy, there are ways to save $150, but I don't think this is one of them. Just a thought...

  14. #14
    DIY Junior Member beerdog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Buffalo Grove IL (Chicago area)
    Posts
    7

    Default

    Paying the minimum cost would be fair.That is how you make a profit when you get good. Job was completed. I removed it by drilling out the lead. I just was not comfortable breaking it off since I am not very experienced. I just could not get over the the thought that I would crack the pipe. Leveled it. Trimmed the pipe up since it protruded above the flange. Packed in 3/4" of oakum. Then poured the lead. Then packed the lead a bit more after it cooled a few minutes. Used my cast iron laddles and a home built extra powerfull propane torch. I have worked with lead on other non-plumbing stuff. It would have obviously been easier with one of those electric lead pots. I might buy one for hell of it if I can get a good price. Worked out really good. New toilet is installed and works great. I am glad I did this instead of some quick fix. That sucker is installed tight. I did not really do this to save a buck. I just like doing this stuff if it does not look to difficult and i have the tools. My son is a union pipe fitter which also helps. Not the same as a plumber, but he has some strong fundamental skills. The benefit to me is understand a little more about plumbing. I also now know I would not attempt anything more complicated than this like a an upside down or horizontal joint. I would gues this was as simple as a lead joint gets since gravity assisted me.

  15. #15
    Test, Don't Guess! cacher_chick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Land of Cheese
    Posts
    3,140

    Default

    Glad to hear it worked out for you.

    I'm curious as to how you made the pour? How did you transfer the lead into the joint without pouring it all over the place?

Similar Threads

  1. Toilet Flange installation
    By FlynHokie in forum Toilet Forum discussions
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-24-2009, 06:02 PM
  2. Toilet sits high but flange looks right...
    By jpkara in forum Toilet Forum discussions
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 02-11-2008, 07:43 PM
  3. Toilet Flange Installation
    By nin28 in forum Toilet Forum discussions
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 05-23-2007, 12:31 PM
  4. Toilet Flange Installation for Dummies?
    By dan_public in forum Toilet Forum discussions
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 07-09-2006, 07:39 PM
  5. toilet flange installation
    By griva in forum Toilet Forum discussions
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 06-25-2006, 06:11 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •