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Old 09-02-2004, 11:22 AM   #1
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Removing the toilet base plate

I've seen in the forum that the base plate for the toilet screws into the black water tank, but the advice for removing it doesn't seem to fit my situation. I removed the tolet, and underneath find a black plate with six or so screws holding it to the floor. It seems that it would be screwed in to the tank, but there's not much to grab onto. One preson suggested a strap wrench, but the flange edge is nearly flush to the floor. Suggestions?
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Old 09-02-2004, 11:26 AM   #2
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good old screw driver

after removing the screws that hold it into the floor, I used a hammer and screw driver to get it started. place the screw driver on an angle in the direction you need it to spin the blade should be in one of the screw holes for grip then gently tap it with a hammer. (yes I know screw drivers are not chisels) but it worked for me. once the flange is started you should be able to unscrew it the rest of the way.
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Old 09-02-2004, 11:40 AM   #3
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If your flange looks like the one in the picture below, I would suggest welding a couple of bolts onto a piece of whatever angle iron you have handy to fit two (of the four pictured) toilet flange bolts. Then you can unscrew the flange using the angle iron.

If you do not have access to a welder, the home improvement stores sell what I call perforated angle iron. This multipurpose stuff is used fairly often to hang garage door runners. Find two holes the right distance apart and screw your nuts & bolts there.

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Old 09-07-2004, 10:55 AM   #4
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Thanks for the help, I just needed encouragement to be more forceful--and a suggestion for the right tool. I whipped up an angle iron one and it worked fine.
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The flange may be glued into the black tank and trying to forcefully unscrew it may damage the black tank. Try to get a good peek at how the flange is fastened into the black tank first.
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Noting that Billyb's flange was the type that unscrews from the black tank, does anyone happen to know if they remained this way from '89 to present? I'm guessing this is so, if Firefighter refers to flange removal in his 34'.
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Noting that Billyb's flange was the type that unscrews from the black tank, does anyone happen to know if they remained this way from '89 to present? I'm guessing this is so, if Firefighter refers to flange removal in his 34'.


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