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Tips on Removing a Toilet Seat

by J. Paventi

Removable toilet seat

Replacing an old toilet seat is an easy job that can make your toilet look and feel brand new. Toilets are designed to last for many years, and their accompanying toilet seats are usually changed only rarely. You may find the only difficulty to removing your old toilet seat is rust build up due to age. If it's time to change out your toilet seat, check out the following tips to make the process even easier.

What You Need to Know:

  1. Examine how toilet seats are connected. Toilet seats attach to the bowl through two holes near the base of the tank. Plastic or metal screws thread through the holes and are secured to the toilet by a wide nut, also made of plastic or metal. This nut, when tightened sufficiently, holds the seat firmly in place. The seat is designed to be removed easily by removing the nuts and lifting the seat off.

  2. Use a spray lubricant. If the seat is stuck you can sometimes remove a stuck nut with the help of a spray lubricant. Cans of spray lubricant come with a spray straw, which allows for precision lubricating. The lubricant, when sprayed and allowed to sit for 5 to 10 minutes, should loosen rust and allow you to remove the nut.

  3. Use a drill. When all else fails, bring out the power tools. Using a drill and a 1/16-inch bit, drill through the head of the screw, being careful not to damage your bit. Once you've created a pilot hole in the screw, use a 1/8-inch bit to drill through the hole. Repeat this process using the 3/16-inch, 1/4-inch, 5/16-inch and 3/8-inch bits. This should weaken the screw enough so that it will crack or split, making it easier to remove.


  1. Take extra care when using tools on or near your toilet. For example, if you are using a wrench to remove a stuck nut on a toilet seat and the wrench slips off the nut and hits the body of the toilet, it could cause a lot of damage. Since nearly all toilets are made of porcelain, even the slightest incidental contact with a metal tool could chip, crack or break the bowl.

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