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Rufe 07-05-2012 07:30 PM

Toilet replacement: Spinning bolt
I'm working on replacing one of the toilets in my house. When trying to remove one of the nuts at the base of the toilet, it's apparently stuck to the bolt and both pieces spin. I could easily cut the bolt off, that isn't the real issue.

The issue is, if I have to cut the bolt out, would it require just a new bolt to be inserted, or would the whole flange need to be replaced as well?

TheEplumber 07-05-2012 07:40 PM

Cut it off and replace both bolts with a new set. Common practie

Rufe 07-05-2012 07:45 PM

I was figuring and hoping it would be that easy. I just didn't want to keep running to HD after each step to pick up "just one more thing."


tribe_fan 07-05-2012 08:08 PM


Originally Posted by Rufe (Post 958813)
I just didn't want to keep running to HD after each step to pick up "just one more thing."


That's common practice for me.....

DangerMouse 07-05-2012 08:09 PM

Pull the unit before you go to the store. This will save time and gas if you DO need to replace the flange if it's rusted through, broken, etc.


joecaption 07-05-2012 10:24 PM

Some wax rings come with new bolts and nuts in the box.

wkearney99 07-06-2012 09:01 AM

Sometimes it's easier to buy more than you need and return it later. Or keep it on-hand for the next job. It's possible the flange is wrecked but you won't know that until you remove the toilet. And there are repair kits that can work around a broken flange, as that's not always an easy thing to fix.

Rufe 07-07-2012 08:48 AM

I got the old toilet out and the old flange was just fine. New toilet actually came with bolts, which I didn't see when I first went through the box. Oh well. Everything else went off without a hitch.

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