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Question DetailsAsked on 2/11/2016

Toilet replacement flange with rubber boot

We replaced a toilet and were charged $231 in addition to the agreed upon price for the toilet, to replace a broken 'cast iron replacement closet flange with rubber boot'. The charge seems excessive, no flanges were found on internet plumbing supply sites for anywhere over $40, most around $10-25. Could not find reference to 'rubber boot' for such flanges that would justify the higher price

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This is probably what he meant by a rubber boot - or something like it - instead of a wax seal -

Hopefully he meant putting in both a replacement closet flange and the boot, not just the boot - otherwise I would not count on the toilet being fastened down well, because the cast iron flange is what the toilet bolts down to to hold it in place and keep the seal tight.

For that - around $20-50 for both would be normal materials cost with markup - labor to replace the flange can be from 5 minutes to a couple of hours depending how damaged it is, type of pipe, how corroded in place, etc. Typically, if just edge cracked a replacement flange is bolted over it in 15-30 minutes - plus the normal 1/2 hour or so to do a toilet replacement, so figuring minimum charge of $75-150 (except in a very few very high priced large cities) plus same rate prorated for each hour after - so $100-225 labor plus about $25-50 parts = $115-$275 plus the new toilet price would be what I would expect. Some plumbers also charge about $200-250 flat rate for this type of replacement, so eitehr way your $231 falls around or just somewhat above mid-range, so I would say sounds normal and fair to me unless you are in a very, very cheap labor area - probably about normal for most urban or suburban, as opposed to rurual, areas.

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