The old flange is made of some sort of plastic and is glued right on top of the ABS pipe but it's not perfectly in line with the pipe so the opening of the 3" pipe has been enclosed slightly. I do have access from the basement luckily. The flange is glued into and existing outlet and I don’t see a way of removing it without cutting the pipe lower down and making a new outlet. Many homeowners are capable of removing their own toilet flange… If the inside of the pipe is damaged with glue--consider using the flange that glues to the outside of the pipe. Others are sized so as to glue into a 3" pipe or over a 4" pipe. Re: Inside or Outside fit toilet flange on 3" pipe? Safely cuts the flange off the outside of a 3" pipe leaving it ready to glue a new flange on › … You will either need to break the pipe by cutting into it using a dremel tool or by breaking the glue bond between the pipes. Author: hj (AZ) Since I don't even like a 3" riser to the toilets, I would really despise an internal flange. And this is only if the flange is glued to the inside of the pipe. Was attempting to remove an old glued on (the outside of the pipe) toilet flange from a 3” ID pipe. If water is pooling around the base of the toilet, a cracked flange or wax seal is the likely culprit. I was serious about setting the flange … Re: Rusted toilet flange - what's best? If it isn't, then you will have to cut away the old flange.If the plastic pipe has a 3-inch inside diameter, you'll have to remove the old flange from the outside of the pipe. Set the drill in forward gear. Some flange assemblies are "pipe" size, so they glue into a fitting. When removing the toilet flange, the methods used will vary depending on the type of material your flange is made from. Step 6 - Removing the Flange. If the toilet rocks back and forth when you sit on it, the flange is probably broken. Steps to Remove a Toilet Flange. Ended up cracking. This toilet flange is designed to glue on the inside of the pipe or expand inside the pipe. Looks like I can easily cut off the elbows at the straight portion of pipe and redo it, my question is how do I “raise” the height of the pipe without doing it jackleggy? Removing an Old PVC Toilet Flange. Author: steve (CA) CW, fittings usually go around the outside of a pipe to prevent a restriction. Use the internal pipe cutter to separate the flange from the waste line by cutting at the point where they meet, which are 3 to 4 inches from the flange’s opening. The existing toilet flange is recessed - see picture. Get your internal pipe cutter and insert the small circular saw into the drill chuck. An alternative is to cut the top of the flange and add a new flange with a smaller outlet - … lol. You will have to buy either a 3" or 4" depending on the size of the waste pipe under the toilet. 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