Friday, April 1, 2011

How to Install Plastic Toilet Seat Installation with Stainless Steel Bolts

These are neoprene plastic toilet nut
Fig.1 Nut
By Gary Boutin 

Supplies and Tools: 
Toilet seat with metal bolts
Neoprene nut

Mr. Lefty wanted a new toilet seat placed on her new toilet.

This post shows the seven steps to installing plastic toilet seat.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the neoprene bolts used underneath the toilet seat.
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the toilet bowl without the seat. There are two holes for each side of the toilet seat.
This toilet has no toilet seat
Fig.2 Toilet
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the metal bolt and washer that will go into the neoprene nut.

Some toilet seats come with stainless steel screws
Fig.3 Metal bolt
Step 4: Fig.4 shows the flat tip screwdriver driving the metal bolt into the neoprene nut.
Use a large flat tip screwdriver to get a good hold on the metal screws
Fig.4 Screwdriver

Step 5: Fig.5 shows both metal bolt and washer that have been tightened and ready to close the cover.
For this toilet there are two stainless steel bolt, washer and nuts
Fig.5 Covers opened
Step 6: Fig.6 shows the cover beginning to close to finish the job.
Step 7: Fig.7 shows the cover closed and the job is finished.
This toilet has a closeable screw cap that can be opened for maintenance
Fig.6 Cover closing
This toilet seat has closeable caps to keep it flush with the toilet
Fig.7 Seat cover closed

How to replace and install a plastic toilet seat
  1. If you want to use the same toilet seat as before, take the seat with you to the store. Otherwise measure the bowl.
  2. There are two types of toilet bowls: Round or Oblong. 
  3. Round seats are 16 inches from front-to-back, and oblong are 18 inches from front-to-back.
  4. Use a large flat-head screwdriver to pry open the plastic covers.
  5. Next use the screw driver to unscrew the large plastic bolts holding the old seat in place.  
  6. The plastic bolt must be held from underneath with your fingers as the screwdriver turns the screw loose.
  7. Now remove both the seat and the lid to the trash can.  It's not recyclable.
  8. Now that the seat is gone, this is a good time to clean the area where the bolts were.
  9. Now take the new seat out of the box and remove the plastic around it. If the seat doesn't look the same as the old seat, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS.
Otherwise in reverse order place the new seat on top the the bowl and re-assemble the seat to the bowl.  Re-attach the plastic nut to the plastic bolt, tighten with a large flat-head screwdriver.  Once tight, close the bolt lids.

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