I installed new flooring. The existing toilet flange is recessed - see picture. 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. An alternative is to cut the top of the flange and add a new flange with a smaller outlet - there are flanges that fit within a 3 inch outlet. Would this work? Also, would I need to build up the subfloor or can I still have it recessed? enter image description here enter image description here

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    Doesn't look like anything is wrong with the flange itself. How far down is the top of the flange from the new floor? Commented Dec 31, 2018 at 15:09
  • About 0.5 inch from top of flange to top of new floor.. I used a large wax seal before and it worked well.. Commented Dec 31, 2018 at 17:47

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Your original flange looks like it's in perfectly good condition, so I wouldn't try to remove & replace it.
Instead, I would use a Flange Spacer like this:
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or one of these:
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  • I would disagree it is way to far below the surface to make a seal with even a 2 seal hack!
    – Ed Beal
    Commented Jan 2, 2019 at 4:38
  • @EdBeal - the OP says in a comment that it's only recessed a 1/2", and a "large wax seal" worked previously...
    – brhans
    Commented Jan 2, 2019 at 14:35

A half inch of space isn't very much. You can probably use a normal size wax seal and be fine or you can go with a extra thick seal to be sure it seals properly.

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