How to Replace a PVC Toilet Flange Part 1

What You'll Need
PVC glue
PVC pipe - generally 3 or 4 inches
Tape measure
Reinforced cutting discs
Putty knife
Wax ring

If you are a beginner, replacing a PVC toilet flange may sound daunting. This task however isn't as difficult as it may seem. Here are a few materials that you will need as well as steps to guide you through the process with ease.

Step 1 - Get The Right Materials

Make sure that when you are purchasing the materials for this task, you are getting high quality items as well as the correct pieces. Do not modify the tools listed. Also, be sure that you check with the current components and try to stick with the same brand and size parts when you are replacing. If you are new to this kind of project, you can take the pieces or parts that you are unsure about to the actual hardware store and get someone to help you find replacement parts that match. This way you can be sure that you are using what you need to be and that you don't have any problems with the replacement. Consult a professional before starting if you have never done a project like this one.

Step 2 - Remove the Old Flange

Turn off the supply of water to that area and remove any of the attachments. This can be done through the main water source in the home or with the knobs near the toilet. Once you have done this you can rid the toilet of water by flushing it a few times. Use a wrench to remove the nuts that are at the bottom of the toilet. Lift the toilet out; you may need the help of a partner for this step. Place the toilet into the bathtub or outside so that it can drain completely without making a mess in your home. Unscrew the wax ring from the floor and take it off. Take note of the pipe that you are removing so that you can find the same one for the replacement. Use the Dremel to cut the flange off at the red line inside of the pipe.

Step 3 - Prepare the Pipe

Check to make sure that the new pipe you purchased fits properly into the coupling. Then, use a permanent marker to mark the right height of the pipe so you can cut it if you need to according to the other pipe that you removed. Carefully cut the pipe to the correct size using a hacksaw. You will want to wear safety goggles and gloves while doing this step. Use PVC glue to attach each of the pieces together and allow them to completely dry before moving on to the next step.

Each of these steps should help to prepare you for part 2 of replacing your PVC toilet flange. If you run into any problems along the way, be sure to contact a professional before moving forward with the job.