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  • Jan 14, 2005, 05:54 PM
    Shower flange"cast iron"
    I have a stand alone shower on a slab foundation that leaked I pulled the floor out and the cast iron flange for the liner is in bad shape and needs to be replaced. How do I go about this and where do I get the parts.
  • Jan 14, 2005, 06:39 PM
    Cast Iron flange
    To replace a cast iron shower drain and flange you will have to have lead, okum, a lead ladle, torch and cauking tools. All this plus the necessary plumbing skills to, yarn, lead and caulk a lead joint.
    You can pick up a new one at any plumbing wholesale house. If you will give me some more details perhaps I can come up with a better solution. Cast iron drainage? Have you unscrewed the strainer? Is this flange flat with hex bolts holding it down? Get back to me and I'll answer ASAP. Cheers, Tom
  • Jan 15, 2005, 06:36 AM
    More info. On shower flange
    Thanks speedball1 for the reply... yes I do have the tile floor pulled up and I have it all cleaned up right down to the slab. I was able to remove the screwed- on portion of the flange, but the threads are all rusted away. It apears to be only leaded to the drain pipe not a two bolt flange or anything like that. I did look at the home depot, but they do not carry cast iron parts the guy there suggested a PVC conversion flange but I would need to do some demo to instal it. It seems to me the leaded in cast iron flange would be the best way to go. I feel confident that if I can find the part and with a few tips that I can get the job done.
  • Jan 15, 2005, 08:00 AM
    Cast Iron Shower Flange
    Try to pry the leaded in portion of the flange out. If you can't do that then take a cold chisel and break it out but be careful not to crack the raiser from the trap. Save the lead. Now go to a plumbing supply house and purchase a new cast iron shower flange and enough okum to yarn in a 2" joint. If they won't sell you that small amount then try a large plumbing shop. Also, you might wish to check around to see if you can borrow or rent a lead ladle, a yarning iron, a packing iron and a set of inside and outside caulking irons. Get your material together and your ducks in a row and I'll walk you through yarning, pouring and caulking a lead joint. Making a lead joint in cast iron is almost a lost art since the advent of plastic and PVC but you have a plumber that broke in on lead joints and I've got a great memory. Let me know when you're ready to began. Cheers, Tom

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