rusty bolts on toilet seat
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.