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Old 02-07-2011, 04:10 PM   #1
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the bolts inside the the tank of the toilet are rusted, any suggestions on removing them?

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Maybe use a small hacksaw to carefully cut off the nuts below the tank and then simply push the rusted bolts through??

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Not sure in your case, but the bolt head should be in the tank, the nut, hopefully wing nut should be on the outside of the tank, put a set of pliers, wrench, or set of strong fingers on the nut and turn counter clockwise, if they don't want to budge you could try spraying with WD-40 and let sit for a bit, and try again.

Once you have them out go to one of the big box stores or your local hardware and get some new stoppers (rubber gaskets) and reinstall with new bolts.

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Old 02-07-2011, 06:00 PM   #4
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I have used a dremel tool (with a cutting wheel) to get them off if they are really, really bad. They are kinda hard to get to sometimes. I always go back with solid brass (not just plated) bolts and nuts so i don't have to go through the same thing next time.
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I'd like agree with Lightfoot to add "solid brass bolts"

I've had 3 recent occasions with leaks where the supply line connects to the tank, loosened. All were plastic to plastic. I am now making it a policy to check tightness of these connections every six to eight months.

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