Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.
Toilet seats provide a great degree of comfort while you are using the bathroom, and also provide an aesthetic appeal. However, over time they can become worn down or discolored due to normal use and may need to be replaced. Thankfully, replacing a toilet seat is a fairly simple process that requires only simple tools and a few minutes of your time.
Before You Begin
You'll need a flat blade screwdriver, a pair of pliers, and potentially a socket wrench and lubricant, as well as a replacement toilet seat. All of these items can be found at most hardware stores.
Removing the Old Seat
Pop open the plastic coverings at the back of the toilet seat to expose the bolts underneath. You may have to use the edge of the screwdriver if they are particularly stubborn, so be careful to not damage the porcelain of the toilet.
Use the pliers to hold the nut on the underside of the toilet seat, and unscrew the bolts holding the toilet seat to the bowl using the screwdriver.
Some toilet seats are more securely attached than others, either due to the installation process or built up rust. If you are unable to remove the bolts using the screwdriver, you can loosen the bolts from underneath using the socket wrench. If the bolts are rusted in place and won't move with either the socket wrench or the screwdriver, simply apply lubricant and let it sit for several minutes before attempting to remove the bolts again.
Once the bolts are removed, simply lift the toilet seat off of the bowl and discard it. You do not need to keep the old nuts and bolts.
Installing the New Seat
Line up the bolt holes on the new toilet seat with the already existing ones on the toilet bowl. Push the bolts that came with the new toilet seat through the aligned holes, and then tighten them from underneath using your hand to secure the seat. Adjust the seat as needed so that it sits straight on the bowl.
Once the seat is straight, use the screwdriver to finish tightening the bolts so that the seat is completely secure. Take care to not tighten the bolts too much, as they can crack the porcelain and damage your toilet. A few turns beyond hand tight is fine.
Congratulations! You have successfully changed your toilet seat and can continue using your toilet as you normally would. If you find your toilet needs additional repairs, contact a professional plumbing service like Watson Plumbing.