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Old 01-19-2019, 03:58 PM   #1
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Removing the Toilet Flange

I'm remodeling our 2002 Monaco La Palma 36 DBD and for reasons I can only chalk up to insanity and/or a fierce love of my wife, I am replacing all of the flooring. This coach had laminate in the kitchen, hall and both baths. The laminate is glued to 1/8" plywood which is stabled to the decking. If they had installed it around the walls and toilet flanges, I'd be golden, but the flanges and interior walls were installed over the flooring. After overcoming some challenges removing the rusted screws securing the flange to the deck, I thought I could just pry the flange loose and I'd be ready to remove/replace the flooring, but it won't budge. Anybody know how to determine how the flange is secured to the holding tank and the best method for removing it? Any advice for this newb is appreciated!
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Old 01-19-2019, 04:10 PM   #3
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Some are pushed into a rubber bushing. You could try twisting it, that worked to loosen up mine.
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Old 01-19-2019, 04:19 PM   #4
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The flange is glued to the pipe and must be cut off. They make a cutter that is available from plumbing supply stores and I believe the box stores also.
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Mine just slipped down into the drain pipe. Really tight, had a hard time but twisting finally broke it loose. I think I used a humongous pair of channel lock pliers and a pry bar
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Old 01-19-2019, 06:16 PM   #6
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Just use an extender if trying to do a thicker floor...not clear from your post higher or lower.

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I have had to remove two of them over the years as they were cracked. Both of them screwed on to a fitting coming out of the tank. One of the flanges went directly into the tank, the other went into a pipe on a 45 degree then into the tank. Both were screw fittings however. Hope this may help. Happy trails Bert
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Old 01-19-2019, 07:32 PM   #8
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My 02 Diplomat was glued to the pipe. Cut the pipe put a connector on with a new pipe and a new flange where you want it
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Thanks for all the suggestions! I'm inclined to start with the humongous channel lock approach since I already have a pair and really like the thought of being able to just unscrew it, but I'm curious if there's any risk of damaging my holding tank if the flange is glued. Thoughts?
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My toilet flange, on a 2000 HR Endeavor, is screwed to the pipe that is glued to the black waste tank. If yours is the same, it should have used pipe thread sealer, AKA pipe dope, to create a water-tight seal in the threads.
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Update to close out this thread ... I tried to unscrew the flange with large channel locks, but it turns out they weren't quite big enough, so I got creative with a scrap 1x2 and a couple of screws to create a flange jig. I kept some downward pressure on the jig with my foot and used a hammer to slowly turn the jig and remove the flange. Thanks to all for the helpful suggestions.
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Update to close out this thread ... I tried to unscrew the flange with large channel locks, but it turns out they weren't quite big enough, so I got creative with a scrap 1x2 and a couple of screws to create a flange jig. I kept some downward pressure on the jig with my foot and used a hammer to slowly turn the jig and remove the flange. Thanks to all for the helpful suggestions.
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Good idea. So it was threaded on?
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Update to close out this thread ... I tried to unscrew the flange with large channel locks, but it turns out they weren't quite big enough, so I got creative with a scrap 1x2 and a couple of screws to create a flange jig. I kept some downward pressure on the jig with my foot and used a hammer to slowly turn the jig and remove the flange. Thanks to all for the helpful suggestions.
Now get back to installing the new floor, before the boss gets back!!!
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