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Unread 08-25-2019, 08:00 AM   #16
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Please see the attached pic. What should I fill in the space around the tile with in order to have my flange sit on top?
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Unread 08-25-2019, 08:29 AM   #17
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Looks like a 4" pipe? Do you have the flange?

Because it looks like the substrate is tight to pipe you'll need a flange that fits inside 4" pipe. As long as your flange screws are outside the existing recess, there's no need to fill it. If they're within the recess, I'd fill with mortar (not thinset), let dry a few days, then drill for some plastic screw anchors to attach flange.


Gravity does a lot of the work, but toilet bolts depend on flange ring for solid attachment.
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Unread 08-25-2019, 08:51 AM   #18
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Yes. It’s 4” and I do have an inside fitting flange.
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Unread 08-25-2019, 09:31 AM   #19
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I wonder if something like hydraulic cement might work well there?

Ideally, your flange will have a SS ring on it...the all-plastic ones tend to crack at the attachment points after awhile. The painted steel ones tend to rust out.
Also, once the toilet is set (you often need shims to have it sit without wobbles and you must locate them prior to setting it down into the wax), to really hold it from shifting and compromising the wax ring, caulking around the base (not the back) helps to anchor it and keep crud from accumulating underneath the edge where it's nearly impossible to clean up. You don't want to use silicon caulk. Loctite makes one designed for this that is pretty durable, but easy enough to cut and later remove the toilet.
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How do you guys suggest I cut the pipe to attach the flange? I can’t get a reciprocating saw down enough.
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They make a tool called an inside pipe cutter. IT's essentially a small circular saw on a shaft used in a drill. Pretty cheap. https://youtu.be/AH8PHxSnl-A
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Perfect. Thank you!
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Here the link to the cutter Jim recommended: https://www.amazon.com/Superior-Tool...gateway&sr=8-1
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Home depot now carries these inside cutters.
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Unread 08-25-2019, 06:26 PM   #25
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Matt, you can cut that pipe using your reciprocating saw. The top needn't be perfectly square or smooth for your application, and I assure you it won't be with that inside pipe cutter. The reciprocating saw will be a whole lot faster and easier.

Home Depot has carried this inside pipe cutter for many years in my area.

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Some of the toilet flanges have a slight chamfer at their top edge that make it sit proud a little bit of the pipe's end. For those to sit flush, flat on the floor, the end of the pipe needs to be slightly recessed. Flush works if that area is square, but not all are.
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