How To Tighten Toilet Seat With No Access Underside?

How To Tighten Toilet Seat With No Access Underside
Have you gone to the bathroom recently and felt that you were sitting on a loose toilet seat? You probably figured that it was an easy fix to do yourself, as you just need to tighten the bolts. But when you went to access them underside the toilet, where you thought they should be, you could not find those bolts at all! You are probably wondering how to tighten the toilet seat with no access underside? If you need some guidance, then read on for our guide.

There are other types of toilet seats as well that may have slightly different holes and connectors, but with a little guidance, you can certainly figure these out too! Before we get into our step-by-step guide on how to tighten toilet set with no access underside, let us consider what kinds of tools are necessary for this project.

Keep reading for valuable information! Fortunately, you do not need any kind of specialized tool for tightening toilet seats. In fact, you may already have them around the house or garage. To create your own toilet seat tightening kit, gather an adjustable or socket wrench, flathead screwdriver, and a pair of pliers, as this should be all you need to tighten those toilet seat fittings.

  • And though it is not necessary, you may consider wearing protective equipment such as gloves and goggles, so your hands and eyes do not encounter any fragments of anything that come off your toilet in the process.
  • In some cases, there are toilet seats with special covers where you may have to slide it sideways or simply pry it up to get to the fittings underneath.

These covers are there to protect the fixing bolts from anything that could damage the locks. In this situation, look carefully for a piece that is roundly cut to find the covers. The above instructions work well for most toilets that are installed on the floor, but if yours is installed into the wall, you may have to take the toilet off its attaching base. In the underside access of some toilets, like soft-close toilets, a special wingnut can be adjusted to get a more secure fit for your toilet seat. In these situations, you can hold the nut in place with a pair of pliers while using the screwdriver to tighten the bolts.

  1. The wing located on the nut will prevent the bolt from turning back on itself by locking it in place.
  2. Again, keep tightening the bolt until the seat feels secure.
  3. If this is just a plastic nut, you can likely remove it by hand, but if it is especially tight or made of metal, turn it with your pliers.
  4. Now remove the lid, clean the ceramic thoroughly, and then put the seat back in place.
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Put the screws back in the holes, and then grab your washers. Peel off the backing and then slide it down each bolt until it reaches the bowl.

How do I stop my toilet seat from sliding sideways?

How to Fix a Loose Toilet: Locate and install seat stabilizers – Then install a set of toilet seat stabilizers, such as Safe-T-Bumpers, Loop the rubber band around the toilet seat and center the stabilizers so they touch the inside rim of the bowl. Drill a starter hole and secure the stabilizers with screws from the kit. Originally Published: May 23, 2019

Why does my toilet move when I sit?

Toilets wobble when they aren’t held securely to the floor, and if you let the wobble persist, they can leak and give you more serious problems. More often than not, the wobble is caused by loose toilet bolts, but the flange may also be responsible. It may be corroded, broken or set too high.

  1. Why does my toilet seat keep moving?

    How much toilet seat wiggle is normal? – A slight wiggle is normal when lifting the lid or seat and pushing left or right. This is due to the design of the quick-release mechanism, which makes removing the seat fast and easy for thorough cleaning. To test your toilet seat wiggle, close the lid and gently push the seat left or right.

    Why does toilet seat keep coming loose?

    Q. My toilet seat has plastic bolts that keep coming loose, making the seat wobble and very uncomfortable to sit on. I keep tightening the nuts, but they work loose quickly. Can you help? A. Toilet seats often wobble because the holes in the toilet-bowl rim are larger than the diameter of the bolts, allowing movement that eventually makes the nuts loose.

    Tightening the nuts seldom works very well. There are several possible solutions. One is to buy a kit containing rubber or plastic bushings that fit over the top of the bolt, filling the space around the bolt and preventing the motion. These kits are sold at some home centers and on the Internet for less than $5 (search the Internet for bushings for wobbly toilet seat).

    Another approach is to install self-adhesive rubber washers between the lid and top of the toilet bowl. For more information on washers, visit (about $3 for a set of washers). If you have an old bicycle inner tube or piece of sheet rubber, make your own washers by cutting a hole in a the middle of a small piece and slip it over each bolt before re-installing the lid.

    Another do-it-yourself approach: Wrap a little plumber’s Teflon tape around the threads of each bolt before tightening the nuts, improving the grip of the nuts. A last resort is to put a little glue on the threads before tightening the nuts; use glue designed to hold plastics. If glue is used, however, it might be necessary to use a hacksaw or power tool to cut through the bolts if you want to replace the lid.Q.

    I want to install two frameless mirrors above a bathroom vanity. However, I am concerned about them falling down because the brackets are supposed to be located on the sides. Do you have any thoughts on this? A. It is usually best to follow manufacturer’s directions when installing any product.

    1. Using alternate methods of installation could invalidate any warranty that might be offered.
    2. If you follow instructions and have a problem, the manufacturer should help you solve it.
    3. However, manufacturers are not always right.
    4. The evidence for this includes the frequent recalls of unsafe products and crackdowns by the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

    If you have doubts about the method of installation, the best bet is to contact the customer service department of the manufacturer and discuss it. I don’t know the weight of these mirrors, but some frameless mirror installations call for putting brackets under the bottom edge, which in my opinion is the best way to support the weight.

    Brackets are also often placed over the top edge, to prevent tilting forward. Some frameless mirrors are glued in place, which gives a good bond but makes the mirrors difficult and even dangerous to remove. If you contact the manufacturer and still have safety concerns, it might be wise to return these mirrors to the dealer and look for more satisfactory replacements.

    Questions and comments should be emailed to Gene Austin at [email protected]. Send regular mail for Gene Austin to 1730 Blue Bell Pike, Blue Bell, Pa.