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Old 06-02-2014, 07:26 PM   #1
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Toilet flange won't come off!!! Need help

Having trouble removing the old toilet flange. Honestly I don't need to totally remove it, just turn it 90 degrees to fit the new toilet. I know there have been other threads about this, but I can't seem to find one. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:31 PM   #2
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Well use a heat gun or blow dryer can be used to warm it a bit and get the old pipe dope to soften. A couple of toilet closet bolts with nuts and washers in the flange, then a piece of 2x4 between the bolts to turn it slowly. I would losen it rather than tighten it. (turn it counter clock wise)
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Old 06-02-2014, 08:35 PM   #3
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Thanks a bunch bigventure- I'll give this a try this week!
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:34 PM   #4
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I have a 1970 GT and the flange turns but doesnt come out. Would this be glued in?
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:07 PM   #5
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I should have said the outer ring turns but the inner black does not.
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The flange is screwed (threaded) into the tank. The outer flange turns in order to align the bolts with the toilet. You have to unscrew the inner flange. Note that there are two 1/4" slots at the outer edge of the inner flange. You need to make a tool just wide enough to get in those slots, then you can turn it to screw it out.

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I had the same problem and used a strap wrench. With a bit of effort I was able to back it out.
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Old 06-09-2014, 12:11 PM   #8
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2x4 method worked like a champ. New toilet installed, complete with a shut off valve. Thanks for all the help and replies!! I'll post pictures soon...
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