How to permanently seal toilet bowl opening?

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Old 08-24-11, 10:26 AM
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How to permanently seal toilet bowl opening?

I have working toilet bowl in the basement that we no longer use it. I can remove toilet tank and bowl easily. But how do I seal the drainage hole that is still there after removing toilet bowl? Can I cap and seal it some how permanently? Do HD or lowe's sell something as cover?
or is that not good idea to remove toilet bowl and it should be always filled with water to avoid smell?
 
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Old 08-24-11, 10:55 AM
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Is there a reason that you do not use the toilet which would also likely mean future owners of the home would also not use it?

Grew up in a house with no basement bathroom and I wish there had been one so capping off a working toilet is not something I would likely do.
 
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In basement we already have one new toilet. This one is located in one section of basement very close to furnace/Water heater and this section does not have any window near by and no exhaust fan as well.
Ok so how about not permanently seal this but put some kind of cap which can be removed later on if needed?
 
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Available in the plumbing aisle of any big-box megamart homecenter.
 
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Old 08-24-11, 11:50 AM
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The toilet sits on a toilet flange which should sit at floor level


To properly seal this drain, the flange should be removed - and depending on the type of pipe, this can often only be accomplished by cutting the pipe itself. In a basement, you may end up having to dig up the surrounding concrete to do this.

If you have an old metal drain pipe with a lead seal, you really want a pro to do it.

If it's PVC, you could use an internal pipe cutter (expensive) to cut the flange free:
Internal PVC pipe cutters accurately cut off pvc pipe from inside.

Once you have removed the flange, you should cap the pipe with the proper size and material cap for your drain, then you can close up the floor overtop with concrete patch.

Sounds easy, right?


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Ok well, yeah, OR this...

if you don't mind the wing nut sticking out of the floor... Or cut the pipe back as I said before and put this below floor level.
 
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Old 08-24-11, 12:04 PM
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They also make el-cheapo inside cutters that would work fine for one use. Basically a cutting wheel that fits in a drill.
 
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Old 08-24-11, 12:34 PM
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Hi ,

Cant see the pics from the other posters, but IMO you shout remove the flange and add a C/O. ( Clean Out ).

Cut the flange out and put the clean out flush with the floor.

If you add a rubber thing or dont cap properly then if there is a main line clogg the cap could pop and flood the basement......

At least a clean out you can add a toilet later with a screw on flange. ( If they make one)
Or snake the main from there if needed.
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Thanks for your replies. This looks more complicated then I thought. As chaeberle said I may have to cut some of concrete floor to get access to the flange. How about I keep the flange the way it is and put some kind of metal plate or metal box wider than flange and than pour few inches of concrete on top and sides? Anyway I will not need this toilet in the future as well. I am building racks/shelves in that area and the wife is not comfortable putting groceries on the rack near the toilet bowl!
 
 

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