How to Install a Toilet Seat

Toilet seat install

The seat on your toilet is a bit of a consumable item. Every few years it will need to be replaced either because of damage, such as a crack or chipping, or because of unsightly stains. In either situation this is a simple DIY job that any homeowner can tackle. To start, take note of the shape of your toilet before heading to the hardware store. Make sure to purchase a toilet seat that is either round or oval depending on the shape of your toilet. Once you’ve got the new seat you’re ready to get started. In just 4 easy steps, and not much time, you can cross this chore off the list.

Steps for Replacement:

  1. Pry open the bolt caps – use a screwdriver to open the bolt caps on your existing seat
  2. Secure the nut on the underside – use an adjustable wrench to hold the nut on the underside of the seat’s bolt
  3. Remove the seat bolts – use a screwdriver and simply back out the bolts holding the seat in place and lift off the old toilet seat
  4. Place the new seat – open up your new toilet seat and line up the holes on the seat with the existing holes on your toilet. Slide the bolts through both holes and screw the nut back on the underside of the bolt. Once in place, use your adjustable wrench again to tighten these back in place. No need to crank it down just a nice snug fit is perfect.

That’s it! Your new toilet seat should be good to go for many years. It’s nice to finally have a Saturday project that can be finished before lunch…plenty of time left to catch your favorite sporting event.

If your toilet has other issues such as running constantly, not flushing properly, leaking, or making a strange noise it may require more effort to address. In these situations, give All Star Plumbing and Restoration a call to come out and take a look. Generally, we can still take care of your issue in a day or so. Our team of expert plumbers has literally seen it all when it comes to toilets. Put that experience to work for you and get your annoying toilet problem taken care of.


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