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How many screws do I need to secure a toilet flange?

The number of screws you need to secure a toilet flange depends on the type of flange you are using. Most flanges require two screws, but there are some that only require one or no screws at all. It is important to check the instructions that came with the flange to determine the number of screws necessary.

Additionally, if the flange is being installed on a concrete or tile floor, it is typically recommended that an additional two or three screws be used to ensure the flange is securely fastened. When installing a wax ring or thermoplastic flange, it is important to use screws that are certified for use with that flange material.

Additionally, make sure to use screws that are the correct size for the flange and make sure to tighten them evenly so that there is no sideways pull on the flange.

What screws for toilet flange in concrete?

When installing a toilet flange in a concrete floor, the appropriate screws to use are concrete screws such as Tapcons. Tapcon screws are designed specifically for masonry, stone and concrete and offer superior strength and durability compared to regular wood screws.

They are also easy to install and come in a variety of sizes, lengths and head styles to work in most concrete applications. When using a Tapcon screw, an anchor hole should first be drilled in the concrete using a hammer drill and a concrete drill bit.

Once the hole is drilled, the Tapcon screw can be easily installed – either by hand or with an appropriate impact driver or drill – and the toilet flange can be successfully secured to the concrete. For maximum strength and durability, it is important to ensure that the head of the screw is completely embedded in the concrete and the screw is installed at the proper depth.

Where do bolts go on toilet flange?

Bolts are used to secure the toilet flange to the floor of the bathroom, so it is important to know where to install them. Generally, bolts should be placed around the perimeter of the flange, about one inch from the outer edge.

Specifically, bolts should go through the holes near the corners of the flange and be tightened with a ratchet or adjustable wrench. Make sure the bolts are flush with the flange to provide the best seal and support for your toilet.

Additionally, some flanges come with center screws or bolts that aid in extra support. To install these, simply insert the screws or bolts into the holes located in the center of the flange and tighten them with a screwdriver.

For more detailed instructions, refer to the manufacturer’s installation instructions.

How tight do toilet flange bolts need to be?

Toilet flange bolts should be tightened until they are secure and slightly snug, but not over-tightened. When the bolt is tightened, you should be able to turn it slightly with your hand, but not too much.

If the bolt can spin too freely, then it’s not secure enough and should be tighten slightly. If the bolt is too tight, it can put too much pressure on the flange and potentially cause cracks or leaks.

Generally, the nuts should be tightened to just past a finger-tighten level.

How do I know when toilet bolts are tight enough?

To determine if your toilet bolts are tight enough, you should first place the toilet on the floor and screw in the bolts. Once the bolts are in place, use a socket wrench and turn the nuts until the bolts are securely tightened, typically to a point where you can’t move them any further but not so tight that you can’t unscrew them by hand.

When the bolts feel tight, grab a level and check to make sure the toilet is level, as any unevenness can cause issues with the toilet’s functionality. In addition, you may want to add a bit of plumbers’ putty to the underside of the toilet bowl in order to keep it properly sealed to the floor.

If all of these steps are completed correctly, you should be confident that your toilet bolts are tight enough.

Can you over tighten bolts on toilet?

Yes, it is possible to over-tighten bolts on a toilet. If the bolts are overtightened, the threads which keep the bolts secure in the tank can be damaged, and the toilet could become unstable or leak.

Additionally, if the bolts are too tight, they may end up damaging the porcelain tank, which could cause cracks in the porcelain as well as make the toilet more vulnerable to leaks.

It is important to use the right size of wrench and to be careful not to overtighten the bolts. The bolts should be tightened until they are snug, but not too tight to the point that they might damage the threads or the tank.

It is also important to ensure that both bolts connecting the tank and the bowl are tightened equally to ensure that the toilet is level and secure.

Which way do you turn screws to lower water in toilet?

To lower the water in a toilet, you need to turn the screws located on the inside of the tank. As a general rule, turning the screws clockwise will lower the water in the tank. Depending on the type of toilet you have, the screws can be located either on the flush valve or on the side of the overflow tube.

In both cases, you will need to loosen the screws in a clockwise direction to lower the water level. Be sure to turn the screws slowly and evenly so that the water level lowers gradually. If you turn too quickly, the water level can drop too low and the toilet won’t flush properly.

Additionally, when you are finished adjusting the water level, be sure to tighten both screws securely.

Should toilet flange be screwed to concrete floor?

Yes, it is recommended to secure the toilet flange to the concrete floor. Securing the toilet flange ensures that it is properly sealed to the drain pipe and allows a strong connection between the flange, toilet, and the floor.

Depending on the type of flange, there are several different installation methods that can be used to secure it to the concrete floor. The most common type of toilet flange is made of plastic or PVC and can be secured by using concrete screws, epoxy anchors, or an expansion anchor.

If the toilet flange is made from metal, it can be attached to the concrete with lag bolts or concrete screws. No matter which type of flange is used, it should be sealed with a caulking material along the inside and outside of the flange pipe, to ensure a proper watertight seal.

Are toilet flanges glued or screwed?

Toilet flanges are typically secured to the bathroom floor with either screws or adhesive. A toilet flange is the piece of PVC or ABS plastic that connects the toilet to the drain pipe in the floor. The flange is connected to the floor with fasteners, such as screws or adhesive.

Screws are often used when the flange is installed onto a wooden subfloor, as they provide more stability than glue. To secure the flange with screws, fasten it to the subfloor, then reinforce the connection with a sealant.

When the flange is installed onto a concrete subfloor, the flange is typically glued. This method creates a secure bond between the flange and the subfloor. Adhesives for this purpose are available at most home improvement stores.

Specialized adhesives designed for toilet flanges are best for this purpose, as these products are designed for PVC and ABS plastics and are formulated to resist water.

In either case, it is a good idea to reinforce the flange with a sealant. Sealing a toilet flange will prevent water from seeping under the flange, which can cause serious plumbing problems.

Does toilet flange sit on concrete or tile?

The general answer is that a toilet flange should sit on top of a finished subfloor, whether that is concrete, tile, or plywood. Ideally, it should be secured to the subfloor with brackets or screws.

Generally, a flange should not sit directly on top of tile or concrete. To install a flange ontop of a tile or concrete surface, you may need touse leveling shims, a transitional wax gasket, and a flange extender.

A flange extender is designed to raise the height of the flange while creating a tight seal with the subfloor. It provides additional stability and helps prevent any shifting or rocking of the toilet.

If there is any doubt as to whether or not the flange should sit directly on concrete or tile, it is always best to consult with a licensed plumber to determine the best course of action.

How is toilet secured to flange?

Toilet installation requires the toilet to be securely fastened to the flange, so it’s important to understand how this is achieved. This typically involves the use of bolts and washers that are inserted through the underside of the toilet and into the flange, along with wax seals or caulking compound.

Start by placing the wax seal under the toilet bowl, ensuring that it completely covers the flange. For extra security, some people also choose to use a metal strap clamp to go over the wax seal and hold it in place.

Once the wax seal is installed, place the toilet over the flange, line it up correctly and press it down firmly. Use a level to make sure that the toilet is level all the way around.

Insert the bolts through the flange, with each bolt extending through two of the four bolt holes in the underside of the toilet. Secure the bolts with washers and nuts, and then tighten with an adjustable wrench.

Be sure not to overtighten, as this can crack the porcelain.

Finally, caulk the area around the base of the toilet, sealing the gap between the toilet and the floor. This will help prevent water from seeping out from under the toilet and damaging your floor.

With the above steps followed, the toilet should be securely fastened to the flange. Make sure to routinely check the bolts to make sure they have not come loose over time.

How are toilets bolted to the floor?

Toilets are typically bolted to the floor for both safety and stability purposes. This is particularly necessary for taller toilets in order to keep them from tipping over. To bolt a toilet to the floor, one must first assemble the metal mounting bolts that come with the toilet.

These bolts are long and will require a nut, a washer, and a rubber gasket. Once all this is in place, the metal bolt can be placed inside of the floor flange and positioned in the right location. Then the washer and nut are secured to the bolt so that the toilet is secure.

If the toilet is a two-piece model, each piece will require its own set of mounting bolts. Once the nuts are tightened, the toilet should be firmly attached to the floor.

Will toilet leak if flange is broken?

Yes, a toilet will leak if the flange is broken. The flange is an important part of the toilet that helps secure it to the floor and ensures a watertight seal. If the flange is broken, water will leak out either between the flange and the base of the toilet or at the base of the toilet where it meets the floor.

In order to fix it, the flange will need to be repaired or replaced with a new one. In some cases, it’s possible to just replace the seal ring around the old flange, but depending on the severity of the break, it may be necessary to replace the entire flange.

Additionally, it may also be necessary to check for any other breaks or damage caused by the broken flange and address them.

How much does a plumber charge to change a flange?

The cost of having a plumber change a flange can vary significantly depending on the type of flange being changed, the difficulty of the job, the location of the job, and the plumber’s experience. Generally speaking, a basic flange change can cost anywhere between $300 and $700, depending on the factors mentioned above.

Complex flange changes requiring extensive work and labor may cost upwards of $1000. It is recommended that you shop around to get quotes from different plumbers to find the most competitive rate. When seeking estimates, ensure that the quote you receive includes the cost of supplies, labor, and any follow-up work that could be required.

Can you put a new toilet flange over an old one?

Yes, you can put a new toilet flange over an old one, however it is generally not recommended as the new flange may not seat properly and could lead to leaks. Also, it is likely that the new flange will not fit properly over the old one so it may not sit properly in the pipe.

Ideally, you should remove the old flange and replace it with a new one that is the correct size and shape. This will ensure that the flange is securely attached and will not leak.