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I removed our old (darn near antique) toilet today which had 4 bolts holding it down, and am installing a new toilet with just 2. I know the back two attach to the flange but what did the front two attach to? They are so rusted that they broke off and I cannot see how they attach because of all the rust. A new sheet floor is going down over the top so I'm tempted just to break them off, how could/should they be removed? ....i've tried vice grips, its just breaks off more rust!
 

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I removed our old (darn near antique) toilet today which had 4 bolts holding it down, and am installing a new toilet with just 2. I know the back two attach to the flange but what did the front two attach to? They are so rusted that they broke off and I cannot see how they attach because of all the rust. A new sheet floor is going down over the top so I'm tempted just to break them off, how could/should they be removed? ....i've tried vice grips, its just breaks off more rust!
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Just use the two bolts "Closet bolts" and you should be fine as long as the flange is properly secure.
 

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If they are screw in unscrew them if they are concreted in cut them off flush with the floor
 

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The older toilets like that used the 2 T-bolts on the flange PLUS 2 screws or lag bolts that are just into the flooring. New water closets just use the T-bolts. You can just cut the old screws off at the floor if you can back them out or if they broke off ( as they often do). Hopefully the new toilet covers the old screws. Dont forget the new wax seal and water supply tube!
 
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