toliet rocking left and right, is not from flange bolts or wax ring

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toliet rocking left and right, is not from flange bolts or wax ring

My toliet rocked left and right, so I removed it thinking i had to replace the flange bolts or wax ring and reseat it. Neither was the issue, while doing this i noticed that my cast iron flange, the part that connects to the L join of the horizontal drainage pipe (also cast iron) was loose and this material was coming out. I could literally move the part of the flange pipe that goes intot the L joint of the horizontal drainage pipe up and down and left and right a bit. I want to remove all that stuff that is coming out and fix it so that the joint cannot move and thus fix my problem. I just dont know what to use where the pipe goes into the horizontal one. concreate, some sort of joint compound? Please help.
 
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Old 04-23-12, 09:13 AM
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If you have cast iron you may need to caulk back with lead.

Let us know if you have this.

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any other ideas

the material that feel out is a softer material, I don't know what it is. I wanted to avoid using lead. Any other ideas?
 
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Old 04-23-12, 10:05 AM
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The only way I could really give accurate advice is if I see it.

Take a pick and post to a site like Photobucket.com. Then post the link to those picks here.

Possibly your whole ell is lead and not cast iron.



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Old 04-23-12, 10:21 AM
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Just wondering....could it be that tar/fiber material..(oakum?) or maybe even plumbers putty?
 
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Plumber's putty would NEVER be used to seal a cast iron fitting. I suppose it could be the oakum but only if lead was never used, as the lead goes on top of the oakum.
 
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Old 04-24-12, 06:21 AM
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Yeah like I said a pic will help.

Yes I have seen some homeowners and even handyman plumbers use plumbers putty as a wax seal.

Sad but true....

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