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How To Remove A Toilet Seat With Rusted Bolts Without Breaking A Sweat

How To Remove A Toilet Seat With Rusted Bolts

Replacing a toilet seat is typically a very easy do it yourself project. Normally, all you would need to do to change your toilet seat is have a large flathead screwdriver and a pair of pliers handy.

You would need to remove two plastic or brass nuts and bolts, remove your old toilet seat, clean and put the new toilet seat on. Sounds simple enough right?

But what do you do if you the bolts are rusted or frozen?

What you do not want to do it try to knock the bolts loose with a hammer because you’ll break the toilet bowl not the bolts.

You could liberally apply some penetrating lubricate like Blaster 16-PB Penetrating Catalyst on the bolts and allow it to sit overnight to see if that will loosen them.

If your toilet is up against a bathtub, vanity or a wall you may have trouble reaching the nut underneath with a pair of pliers.

Instead of using a pair of pliers use a basin wrench or an adjustable wrench with a ratchet both of which are designed to help you get to those hard to reach places.

Sometimes this works and sometimes not.

blaster 16b

Another method is to use a coping saw to completely saw the rusted bolt off. You want to cut the bolt off but you don’t want to deface your china.

As a precaution put two layers of masking tape on the bowl so you don’t scratch it.

Make nice steady strokes so you don’t deface the china. Saw away until you’re able to cut the bolt in two.

This takes time and quite a bit of patience as you are normally working in a tight space and you have to use some real elbow grease to saw that rusted bolt in half.

coping saw

The method we like the best is using an 18-inch Dewalt with a metal cutting blade. Protect your toilet same as before and begin sawing.

Even in tight spaces you can still use the saw. You should be have the bolt sawed in two with a few minutes all without breaking a sweat.

18-inch cordless dewalt

How To Protect Your Toilet Seat Screws From Rust and Corrosion

Most all toilets that you buy today will have plastic bolts that hold the seats. It’s mostly the older toilets that still have the metal bolts that corrode and rust.

But one place that they are still using metal is on the screws that attach the hinge to the toilet seat itself.

Over time these screws can rust and cause corrosion on the toilet seat. So if you replace your toilet seat you can fill the holes over the screws with tub and tile caulk.

Squeeze the caulk into the sunk screws and smear off the excess with a putty knife. Once the caulk cures it will form a watertight seal and prevent the screws from rusting.

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