How to Install a Toilet Seat

How to install toilet seat

Changing your toilet seat can improve your life. Think about it. How much time does each one of us spend every day on the toilet? OK, so it’s not in the same league as your bed (at least I hope not) but still, a broken, dirty, ugly, worn out, or uncomfortable toilet seat is not something that you have to live with. Toilet seats are not expensive plus a new one will make your bathroom prettier. Here is a step by step guide to installing a toilet seat.

Tools and equipment needed: new toilet seat, tape measure, flathead screw driver, pliers and a rag.

To install a toilet seat

1. Measure the length and width of the old seat. Take note of the seat’s shape, i.e. circular or oblong.

2. Measure the positions of the seat’s bolt mountings. Write all of the measurements down. Buy the toilet seat of your choice that matches your measurements.

3. Pry the plastic bolt covers out of their hole with a flat head screwdriver to expose the bolts.

4. Unscrew the bolts with a screwdriver while holding the seat in place and remove the screws. It may be necessary to hold the nuts on the opposite side down with a pair of pliers as you unscrew the bolts. The seat is free.

5. Remove the old toilet seat.

6. Clean and dry the area where the bols were.

7. Remove the covering from the adhesive pads and any packaging material from the new toilet seat.

8. Align the seat mountings with the screw holes.

9. Thread the bolts into the holes of the toilet seat mountings and the back of the toilet’s rim. Screw the bolts in. The old bolts should still be usable. You can use them. If the old bolts are damaged, use the new bolts that come with the new toilet seat.
Note: If the bolts are plastic, over tightening may damage them.

10. Snap the plastic bolt covers over the bolts. Your new toilet seat is installed. Enjoy!

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