Changing And Fixing Bathroom Fixtures: Replacing A Toilet Seat

Changing your toilet seat is not only necessary at times, but it provides an opportunity to update your bathroom's decor.

Looking around your bathroom, you check to see if everything is working as it should. Then you notice the commode. Is it time to replace the old toilet seat? The current one that you've had for a decade or two appears to be cracked. Or maybe it's wearing a little thin and feeling uncomfortable.

Home remodeling supply stores now have so many toilet seat styles to choose from. They come in just about any color you might imagine, and for comfort, some vinyl styles are very puffy. There are also several designs that come in various shapes. The manufacturers have replaced the former metal nuts and bolts with plastic ones, which means that they are easier to work with and they last a lot longer because they can't rust.

Before you get started, clean the entire toilet area and the commode as well so it won't be difficult to sit down on the floor to work. You will need to measure the old seat between the two bolts. Write down the distance between the two bolts on a piece of paper to take with you to the hardware store when you shop for the new one.

Now it is time to remove the old seat. Take a flat tip screwdriver to lift the caps up so that the bolts are exposed. Then take an adjustable wrench and place it on the nut located underneath the bolt. Place the flat tip screwdriver on the bolt and turn it counterclockwise. If you have trouble turning the bolt, spray the nut and bolt with WD-40 or any other kind of lubricating spray. Wait five minutes and try again. This time the nut should readily come loose.

After you remove the seat, you can throw it away, since it is doubtful anyone else will get much use from it. Before you attach your new seat, clean up the area once more if there have been drips or spills during the original seat's removal. Next, place the new toilet seat on top of the commode so that the holes will line up. Then try to put a bolt though and thread the nut on the bottom of the bolt. You will need to go clockwise this time. Once you have gotten both nuts started, take your adjustable wrench and screwdriver to tighten the nuts. Don't forget to do both sides. Now you need to snap the covers shut. Try to lift the seat up and down to see if it operates easily and smoothly. Wipe up the area around the base of the toilet and the seat to make sure the entire unit is dry and clean. Then wipe off your tools before putting them away.

This is an easy home repair task to do, and it takes very little time. You will spend more time looking for a new toilet seat than you will spend replacing one. Clean the toilet seat, including the bolts, every week to prevent bacterial buildup or rust deposits that can corrode the small parts and make another purchase necessary.

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