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 Bronze commode flange repair
Author: ericsandstone (TX)

When, a bronze flange is encountered and in need of repair:

How do I remove the flange?

I understand that I will need to drill any screws out. If the lead is simply folded over and not soldered, it is a matter of bending it inward.

What is best for when the lead is soldered to the flange? Use a screwdriver and hammer to separate it from the flange?

What if the lead is messed up and cannot be folded and soldered to a new flange?

What if the lead bend has a hole in it below the point where a expanding flange throat would simply extend past it?

Is there any point in learning how to put a lead bend in or, do we now replace those with cast iron or PVC?

Thank you for all answers you decide to share.

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 Re: Bronze commode flange repair
Author: bernabeu (SC)


If one can unfold the lead, slip on a new flange, refold the lead that is a good repair.

Anything else just replace it all.

Old lead tends to 'crystalize' and turn hard/brittle.

Very very very hard to solder. Pun intended.


"Measure Twice & Cut Once" - Retired U.A. Local 1 & 638

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 Re: Bronze commode flange repair
Author: packy (MA)

i don't know that i've ever encountered a brass flange that needed to be replaced ???

i think if i had to, i would remove the flange and use a push fit shoved down into the lead pipe.

if the lead pipe is bad i would cut back to the brass ferrule that the bend was wiped to and use a fernco to adapt to plastic.

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