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Laurie JJ

01:33PM | 04/16/02
Member Since: 04/15/02
1 lifetime posts
I need to replace a wooden toilet seat. Unfortunately, the screws holding the seat onto the toilet have rusted into the plastic nuts located under the rim of the toilet. How do I get the screws out or the nuts off? Help, please!

rpxlpx

06:02AM | 04/17/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1674 lifetime posts
Those things are always a pain to reach. Do you have tools?
I think I'd start with some lubricant, letting it soak into the threads as much as possible. If you've got some WD-40 try that. If not, a light weight oil, like sewing machine oil or other household oil. Then, clamp a pair of vice grips on the nut. You might then be able to turn the screw.
Worst case, you might have to "damage" the plastic nuts to the point where they crack and break. One possible way to do this is to CAREFULLY use a hammer and sharp chisel. Make sure you don't hit the porcelain.
Good luck.

j-manplumber

07:01PM | 04/20/02
Member Since: 08/18/01
16 lifetime posts
use a hacksaw blade and cut off the seat bolts from the top of the rim. If there rusted they should cut off easy. never use a hammer anyplace near a toilet, hitting the nut with the chisel and hammer could break it.

BV015588

07:41PM | 01/27/18
Light the plastic nut on fire. Use a putty knife to scrape the plastic off as it melts. Eventually you should be able to lift the screws right out of there. If the seat has broken off from screws, use pliers to lift the screws out.

BV018450

08:34PM | 01/17/19
Use a screw extractor


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