Change a Toilet Seat
Edited by Robbi, Eng
The toilet seat isn't the same as the toilet. It doesn't last long and you'll find that with kids playing, wriggling, moving or otherwise challenging the integrity of it, it may well break over time.
Learning how to replace toilet parts, such as a toilet seat, is one of the easiest home repair tasks when it comes to home improvement. While it is true that engaging in tasks such as completely replacing a toilet or replacing a wax seal may prove to be a bit challenging to a beginner, learning how to change a toilet seat is the easiest of all bathroom-related tasks.
When shopping for a toilet seat, you will find that there are vast arrays of options available on the market, which will make it exceptionally easy to find a seat that will fit perfectly on your toilet.
Modern commodes are typically manufactured in at least two sizes that are considered to be standard. Therefore, you simply need to know which size your toilet is in order to discover the perfect seat for your toilet. In this how-to guide, you will learn the steps that will be replaced to successfully complete this home repair project.
Items Needed to Change your Toilet Seat
- 1Socket and Ratchet SetAdvertisement
- 2A Cordless Drill and/or DriverAdvertisement
- 3A Screwdriver, Preferably a 4-in-1 Model
- 4A Deep-Well ½ Inch Socket
- 5Safety Glasses to Protect Your Eyes
- 6Penetrating Lubricant
- 7Toilet Seat, Complete with New Washers and Bolts ( make it fun and buy a padded toilet seat or a designer one for a little decorator perk in your bathroom.)
Steps to Replacing Your Toilet Seat
- 1The first step to replacing a toilet seat is to gather all of the necessary tools and supplies for the project.For details, refer to the "Items Needed" section above.Advertisement
- 2Next, it is time to remove the old seat that is installed on your toilet.You will need to locate the two nuts located in the hinge section of the old seat. Simply remove these nuts and then lift the seat. You will find that the seat slides right off of the toilet.
- 3You may find that, on older model toilets, the nuts are difficult to remove from the toilet seat.If this is the case, then use the penetrating lubricant. Simply apply the lubricant to the nuts and then attempt to remove them. In most instances, the bolts will give and you will be able to successfully lift the old seat from the toilet.
- 4The next step is to completely clean the area where the new seat will be placed.In all home repair projects involving the bathroom, it is imperative to remove any dirt, grime, and other type of debris due to the moisture that accumulates in the room.
- 5Once the toilet is completely clean, you may then start installing the new seat.This is very easy. You must simply place the seat in the appropriate location and install the new bolts and nuts.
- 6When placing the new bolts and nuts on the toilet, it is important to ensure that they are tight, but, you should avoid tightening them too much.
- 7Once the toilet seat is in place, you should install new bumper units over the bolts and nuts.
- 8If the seat that you purchased did not come with these bumpers, you will be required to purchase them separately at a store that specializes in products for home repair.Advertisement
- Plastic nuts and bolts are a cost effective solution when working to replace toilet seats; however, they may result in unusual side to side movements when the toilet is in use. If you elect to purchase these, you should also purchase plastic holders that will prevent movements.
- If you find that using a regular wrench and penetrating lubricant does not assist in removing old nuts and bolts from a toilet seat, you should use a deep socket wrench.
- If a screw in an old toilet seat is still being challenging after using a lubricant, a wrench, or a deep socket wrench, you may use a drill to go through the head region of the screw that is being challenging.
- When using a wrench, a deep socket wrench, or a drill, it is important to be careful. If any of these items slip and hit the actual toilet, you may crack the unit and have to replace the entire toilet.
- When placing the new bolts into the toilet that will hold the toilet seat in place, be very careful to ensure that you thread them slowly and properly, or you may find that you need to purchase new bolts.
- It is important to ensure that you wear safety goggles when performing this home repair task to ensure that no dirt, grime, plastic or metal enters into your eyes.
There are many home repair tasks that must be performed in the bathroom. One of the easiest and most common is the one that involves replacing toilet seats. You can do this yourself and save a reasonable amount of money with this simple DIY home repair task.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
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