05:27AM | 03/03/03
Member Since: 03/02/03
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I have a 9-year old home. When trying to install a new basement toilet, I found that the floor flange is roughly 3/4 inch high, whereas the new toilet had clearance for only about 1/2 inch. The 9-year old toilet had at least a 3/4 inch clearance and sat nicely on the floor. Given the new toilet's 1/2 inch clearance, the new toilet will not sit on the floor, and has a 1/4 inch or so gap around the base. In other words, it sits high on the 3/4 inch flange. The flange is cemented to the pipe going down through the foundation so it would be easy to replace, at least for me. A local hardware store tried to get me to use some shims, but I didn't like that.

Any thoughts? Do they still make toilets with 3/4 inch clearance? I wish the builder didn't put in what seems to be such a non-standard floor flange.

erik peterson

01:12PM | 06/25/03
Member Since: 06/23/03
223 lifetime posts
Some of the decorative type toilets have a deeper flange at the base because of their decorative detail along the bottom of the bowl. erik

plumber Tom

07:58PM | 06/26/03
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
I'm not understanding you as far as the clearance goes. Are you dry fitting your bowl without a wax ring in place? Why would you want to tear up the flange, when you can probably get away with a wax ring with a horn. This would make a nice seal, and you can grout and / or caulk around the base of the bowl to compensate for the gap. Grout 1st, then let it cure, then apply a nice bead of white adhesive caulking, then smooth out with a damp sponge. Bam! problem solved, and the total cost= less then $10.00. Good luck !

erik peterson

04:39AM | 06/27/03
Member Since: 06/23/03
223 lifetime posts
The flange mentioned is not the closet- flange connected to the drain...but the flange cast into the bottom of the toilet to meet the closet-flange when setting. Some toilets have a deeper flange cast into them allowing a closet-flange sitting above the floor to clear. Many of the newer toilets have a very shallow flange cast as that is less material and so less money. When setting at these close tolerances a 4" plain wax ring (without plastic horn) will allow you to gain a bit of room. Again decorative sometimes will have a larger depth. erik
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