Replacing a Toliet Seat

by Ashley Horne

As a woman I always feel the need to have my husband do the household handiwork, but sometimes I feel that there are easy projects that I can tackle without his help (or him doing it for me) and this is a great example!

Cat Sleeping on Toilet

For my first project I replaced the toilet seat in our upstairs bathroom. To do this I raided my husband’s toolbox for an adjustable wrench and screwdriver.

The first step is to measure the toilet seat so that you know what size you will need. Toilets typically come in round or elongated shapes and you want to make sure you get the right one for your commode. When you know what you are looking for you will need to go to any home improvement store and get your new toilet seat. The great thing about this project is that it is simple and cheap – a new toilet seat can be purchased for less than $20.

Second, you will want to remove the old toilet seat. To do this, close the lid. If there are caps covering the screws at the back of the toilet seat you will need to open them. A flat head screwdriver can be used to do this. Once the screws are exposed you will want to use your screwdriver to unscrew them. You may need to reach under the toilet to hold the bolt while you remove the screw (otherwise the bolt may twist as you twist and you’ll never get anywhere).

Once you remove the screws and bolts you should be able to remove the toilet seat and lid. You should take this opportunity to thoroughly clean the rim and bowl of the toilet. Then put the new seat and lid onto the toilet. Use the bolts and screws that came with your new purchase to secure the seat. Close the screw caps.

Finally, you will want to open and close the lid a few times to make sure that the seat is not going anywhere. If the toilet seat wiggles you should tighten the screw and bolts a little more and test again.

Have fun making your own home improvements!

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