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Installing A Bolt-On Toilet Seat


Removing toilet seat bolts

Bolt-on toilet seats have been standard installation for just about as long as toilets have been around, according to the experts at ClearWater Plumbers. Replacing a bolt-on unit can be accomplished in a matter of minutes.  The only aggravation it may cause is removing and/or tightening the nuts on the underside of the bowl flange, but that can be accomplished with the right tools found at your local Fort Worth plumbing or hardware store.

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  • If the lid hinge is metal (and for some plastic hinges too), the replacement seat will come with washers to be placed between the hinge and the bowl flange surface.

  • With the washers in place, position the hinge over the holes and insert the bolts through the washers and flange holes.

  • From underneath, twirl on the nuts and tighten them down.

  • You may luck out and be able to tighten the nuts with pliers.

  • You can also replace the nuts with wing nuts of the same size to make the job easier.  If the bolts are in a narrow location making it hard to get your fingers on them, tighten them with a toilet-nut tool.  You can pick one up at most hardware stores.

WHAT CAN GO WRONG:  Tighten the nuts securely with pliers but do not overtighten or you’ll crack the porcelain.  The seat should not slide from side to side.