Replacing the toilet seat - another method
Originally Posted by Licketysplit
Thanks to everyone posting on this forum. Here were my steps:
Removing the Old Seat
- Tools to remove the bolt head: Dremel tool, extra cutting blades. I used a model 200 Dremel tool and "420" cutoff wheels.
- Tools to remove the bolt and mounting hw: Electric drill, 3/8" hole saw. I happened to have the hole saw from a different job. Attachment 20723 Eleven bucks for the set at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Neiko-Heavy-5-.../dp/B000QVAGIE
- Tear off the old seat, use the dremel tool and blades to cut away the plastic, including the plastic under the bolt head. The washer should spin/move freely. This goes through the blades pretty quickly; a different type of blade might be better.
- Use the blade to cut off the head of the bolt. Use light pressure and high speed. After the bolt head flies off, do NOT pick it up right away. It is HOT.
- It will now look like this: Attachment 20724
- Use a small screwdriver or knife or whatever to chip away the grunge, now like: Attachment 20725
- The magic step. Use the hole drill, and in 30 seconds you will be through the mounting stuff; the bolt etc. will have fallen inside, and the hole will be clean: Attachment 20726
Mounting the New Seat
- Parts needed (I used what I could find at Home Depot): Triple Grip Anchor, Cobra 173s. 2 Stainless steel pan head (look at the picture, the head is flat on the bottom) sheet metal screws, #12 x 2". Pack of stainless steel washers, 1/4". I was paranoid about corrosion so I got stainless. Attachment 20727
- Gently tap in the anchors. They will just barely fit.
- Put on the seat
- Put a washer on each screw, put in the anchor, and tighten