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Old 07-29-2004, 11:45 AM   #1
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Hi - I'm new here, and as you can see by my username, I botch even the smallest home repairs all the time.

I have a serious problem with an eljer toilet seat. This corner toilet must be 40 years old, if not more, it is an odd, obsolete color (boneish-yellowish) and it has its original seat.

The seat pads (that keep it stable and level on the rim of the the bowl) have crumbled and deteriorated from age and probably harsh cleansers etc. There was no way to replace them, and the seat is not in good shape anyway. I opted to purchase a natural wood seat as I couldn't find a color match anywhere.

When I went to remove the old seat, the nuts and bolts were completely rusted together. To compound the problem, the design is not like modern seats where the bolt head can be exposed by snapping a little cover to reveal a screwdriver slot. I can't believe they did not use a brass or stainless screw on this thing!!!!

The thing is sure rust on a plumbing fixture (Plumbing=water - duh!!!) My new seat has brass bolts, but I can't get the old one off to make the appropriate repair. I tried penetrating oil, but this thing is too far gone for that. I just went and bought a mini hack saw in order to fit the thing in to the tiny space between the hinge and the bolt.
Will this work? I know it may require patience and elbow grease, but is it doable? I am so frustrated with such a simple thing!! Thanks for any advice you can offer.

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I am not a plumer, but I have been working on just about everything for ever. If the bolts are in the condition you spoke of, I would think (if you have the space on the underside) a small pair of vise grips could be locked on what is left of the nut head in a vertical line with the bolt and the nut rocked back and forth bending the bolt until fracture. Don't over do the motion or you may crack the porcelain instead of the bolt. If you can bend it is should be light grade metal and brake in 20 or so bends.

PS about you're mini hack saw, I would be very careful not to damage you're finish on the top. I wouldn't think you would have a flush enough access on the underside for it.

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Use the hacksaw. You will not damage the toilet surface and it is the best way to remove your bolts.
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Use the hacksaw or a multi tool with a metal cutting blade. Just put the multi tool on the bolt and it will cut right through it. Do not try to bend or brake the bolts you will ruin the toilet.
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Whose recycling these old posts !
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If you can't screw them off with vise grips, use a very small drill and hollow out the middle of the screw. Be careful. Better yet ... probably not a good idea with your username.
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When answering posts please check the dates of the post!!

I hope that over 10 years he has managed to replace the seat
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Nearly every forum I've been on encourages searching for the problem before posting and asking. It seems as if we are dammed if we do and dammed if we don't. If we aren't to bring back posts of a specific age maybe the administration needs to delete them.
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I hope that over 10 years he has managed to replace the seat
Well now the bolts on the seat he replaced 10 years ago are rusted
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Well now the bolts on the seat he replaced 10 years ago are rusted
Ha Ha Ha didn't even look at the date. LMAO

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