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Old 10-23-2014, 10:43 AM   #1
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Toilet seat in crooked position


I recently bought a condo. Since the toilet seat was damaged and also in a crooked position (about 1" more on the left side, but 1" short on the right side), I bought a new toilet seat to replace it.

After I installed the new toilet seat, I found it is still in a similar crooked position. See attached photos.

After examination, I've found that the two anchors (holes) to connect the seat are not in a symmetric position. The left one is closer to the water tank compared to the right one.

I contacted the manuafaturer of the toilet, Crane Plumbing. They told me since I was not the originial purchaser of the toilet, there is not warranty coverage for this toilet.

What are my options without reinstalling a new toilet?
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Loosen nuts. Adjust seat,tighten nuts while holding seat in place.
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Loosen nuts. Adjust seat,tighten nuts while holding seat in place.
Will try what you suggest.
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Loosen nuts. Adjust seat,tighten nuts while holding seat in place.
When I re-positioned the seat and tightened the nuts, the left nut split the plastic parts, causing the cap unable to close. As a result, the seat lid won't close. See photos.

I'm also concerned that screwing the nuts all the way in may damage the plastic parts (because they would split apart).
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Any big box store has replacement plastic parts. Redo it but don't OVERTIGHTEN.
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I moved thread to plumbing.
What you have is a cheap plastic seat. Best to replace it with a good quality wood one from a company like Bemis or Church.
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What you have is a cheap plastic seat. Best to replace it with a good quality wood one from a company like Bemis or Church.
The seat I got is Kohler brand. Cost me about $42.

Will a wood one allow me to adjust the angle of the seat (without breaking anything)?
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Any big box store has replacement plastic parts. Redo it but don't OVERTIGHTEN.
I may not know how to replace the plastic parts even if I get the right parts.
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Many of the toilet seats that I've seen come with two sets of metal washers. One set with center holes and one with offset holes. You may be able to take up the difference in your out of place holes by using the offset washer on one side and the centered washer on the other. Or if it's really bad, use the offset washers on both side opposite of each other.

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I could build you a crooked wooden seat to match the crooked holes, but OH My, if you thought plumbers were expensive you should see the bill for one of those little fellers. My wife is still paying for this one 9 years later.
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When I re-positioned the seat and tightened the nuts, the left nut split the plastic parts, causing the cap unable to close. As a result, the seat lid won't close. See photos.

I'm also concerned that screwing the nuts all the way in may damage the plastic parts (because they would split apart).
It looks like you have one of those no slam toilet seats, they are designed for a quick disconnect. It's made so you can slide the toilet seat right out for easy cleaning then slide it back in. They do cost about 40-50 dollars. They been on the market for awhile now, you either love them or you don't. Good for families with little ones, etc.

It may not be broken, just back off the bolts a little, re-adjust seat so it's even, tighten back down snug, do not overtightened. It's design to slip in and out of place without removing the bolts for easy cleaning.

As e plumber suggested, you may want to opt for a good typical toilet seat if that one is broken. Just a suggestion.

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From the pics you posted, Home learner, the plus sign on the black tab at the mounting bolt tells me there is an adjustment capability with that particular seat. Even though I have not seen that exact style myself, I would take the seat off and just play with it like I would trying to put a jigsaw puzzle together. See if and how many diff ways to configure the components to make it fit. Like I said though, thats just a guess.
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Many of the toilet seats that I've seen come with two sets of metal washers. One set with center holes and one with offset holes. You may be able to take up the difference in your out of place holes by using the offset washer on one side and the centered washer on the other. Or if it's really bad, use the offset washers on both side opposite of each other.
I do not see two sets of holes that come with the seat.
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Are the nuts on the bottom holding the seat on right? Most have a beveld side and then a flat side with a leg off to the side to catch the side of the bowl when tightening. I would make sure the beveled side is up as to help center the seat in the holes.
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Are the nuts on the bottom holding the seat on right? Most have a beveld side and then a flat side with a leg off to the side to catch the side of the bowl when tightening. I would make sure the beveled side is up as to help center the seat in the holes.
The left and the right side seem identical. See photos.
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