I have tried and tried and eventually gave up. Seat has metal (rusty) bolts but is held on with plastic nuts. As in most bathrooms, space is very limited and have tried by "feel" to use pliers and vise grips on the nuts... they're a bit chewed up?? Biggest fear is doing what my Dad did years ago to my grandmothers toilet... punched a HOLE in bowl when tool slipped.
Had a possibly crazy idea fro removing the nuts. Have a wood burning tool in my crafting stuff. It has changeable tips. One is a sharp, wedge shape and the other is pointy... have used it to make original stencils. It get REALLY hot and thinking it might cut thru the plastic? Do ya think it'll work?
Have a powder room right off my kitchen and toilet has been outta commission for MONTHS!?! Water was constantly gurgling out of the top of that tube thing that comes up from the bottom of the tank. Went to one of the hoome stores and was assured I could do it myself... I chickened out. I just swapped out top of old part for new. Problem was the float would never rise high enough to stop the water from flowing? So, I turned off water, gave it one last flush and it has just been sitting for quite a while. I ventured iin yesterday and the bowl was GROSS. Cleaned it up and was determined to finish this project. When I turned on water, it actually worked but "flapper" was deformed... from sitting with no water?? Spent a whopping $1.99 for a replacement and now the toilet works just fine! NOT complaining, just wondering WHY??
Posts: 5521 | Location: mount holly, NJ, USA | Registered: Sep 19, 2002
There is a short handle that will accept a shorty hack-saw blade (hardware store will have it). I would use that to saw through the rusty bolts above the washer. You can do this by feel, just by aligning the blade up against the porcelain. It will saw through the washer too if in the way, so you may not need to go all the way through the bolt.
This was how we used to get off the old bolts with the metal nuts.
The flapper liekly was not sealing properly. Sometimes it looks like it but it doesn't. After toilet repairs we put some food coloring into the water tank and then wait a bit to make sure it does not seep into the bowl. Last time we went through 3 flappers before we got a good fit (some were old and had been sitting around).
Posts: 5967 | Location: North MN & Northern AR | Registered: Oct 01, 2002