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Old 03-03-2007, 09:35 PM   #1
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Toilet / black tank removal '74

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Have a 74 Safari, 23 foot that has a black tank leak. Went to remove the tank today and got the toilet out, sink out, hamper out and am stuck at getting the tank cover (shroud) off the tank. The manual says to remove the toilet flange by turning counter clockwise but the darn thing will not budge. I see there are two 1/4 inch depressions on the flange that looks like a special tool is needed to engage the flange and twist it off. Does anyone have any ideas?
I need to get the tank out tomorrow and am in a real bind. I thought about getting a piece of 1/4 inch square stock, cutting it to 4.25 inches and jamming it across the flange to see if I can turn it but I am open to other ideas.
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Old 03-04-2007, 01:05 AM   #2
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Hey All-
Have a 74 Safari, 23 foot that has a black tank leak. Went to remove the tank today and got the toilet out, sink out, hamper out and am stuck at getting the tank cover (shroud) off the tank. The manual says to remove the toilet flange by turning counter clockwise but the darn thing will not budge. I see there are two 1/4 inch depressions on the flange that looks like a special tool is needed to engage the flange and twist it off. Does anyone have any ideas?
I need to get the tank out tomorrow and am in a real bind. I thought about getting a piece of 1/4 inch square stock, cutting it to 4.25 inches and jamming it across the flange to see if I can turn it but I am open to other ideas.
Thanks.
If the flange is like mine you can make a 'tool'. Cut some 1X2 stock a foot or two long then drill 2 1/4" holes the distance of the slots on the base of the flange. Into those holes place 1/4" bolts the length of the neck of your flange. You should now have a tool that will work as a spanner wrench. Hopefully the stock length will gve you enough leverage. If you don't believe it will cut the stock as long as you can for the space you have to work in. Also the flange should be screwed to your floor. Be sure those screws are removed. There may be debris filling the screw holes and is preventing you from seeing them.
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Old 03-04-2007, 04:42 AM   #3
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... I thought about getting a piece of 1/4 inch square stock, cutting it ...
Yes, that will work fine. This thread has a picture of one such home-made tool.

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Old 03-04-2007, 07:03 PM   #4
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Toilet flange

You guys are heros. I must have spent 2 hours yesterday trying to get the flange off. Went to a buddy's house today, fabricated the tool per the link, (thanks) and in 30 seconds had the part off and the tank out.

Now to fix the tank, which it turns out has 2 cracks in it, one on the lower wedge and one on the outlet flange, split almost in half. I think I might need to get a tank fabricated. I know of the company in Northern Cal that will make it to provided specs but the tank is marked El Monte Plastics and a google search shows them to still be in business in OH. Does anyone know if they can still provide tanks to factory specs? I have the tank PN off the tank.

Thanks again, you guys were real life savers.

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