can someone please please tell me how to stop a toilet seat from shifting
the place when you sit down, very uncomfortable feeling. We have tried
the seats but it still happens.
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c) get a seat with better hinges
yes, I obsess about ALL things mechanical. My john has a seat with a
chromed solid brass hinge. Rock on.
seriously, I'm not ostentatious, plain white painted wood is good enough
for me. But it is nice not to have a) rusty and/or corroded and peeling
hinges b) nasty discolored plastic hinges or c) a wobbly seat. It's the
little things that just work that come together to make a home nice.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
The chrome will peel, the brass will then turn green. Oh, it will last for
a while but ultimately piss will prevail.
I say that from 30 years of experience with them. Off and on over those
years I've made toilet seats. I did do because the wooden ones available
for purchase were badly made and tended to split. Also because I could use
neat woods like koa...teak...walnut...curly maple...
My seats were strong: none ever split (all half laps). They were gorgeous:
book matched tops. They were comfy: finish as smooth as a baby's ass.
Naturally, I desired gorgeous hinges too; not too fond of chrome so I tried
lacquered brass. That's OK if you take them off once in a while, polish and
re-lacquer. A nuisance. OK, chrome is gauche but long lasting, right?
Well, it lasts longer than lacquer but fails in a not so long time.
YMMV but I doubt it :(
When you were sanding your toilet seats, did you
have a bare bottomed baby at hand for quality
control purposes or is there some sort of gauge
for measuring smoothness? It would be interesting
to have a set of literal smoothness gauges such
as a stand with various representations of body
parts: Baby's bottom, woman,s bottom, bald head,
etc. Perhaps NIST could come up with specifications
for the manufacturing of such measuring instruments?
OK, you got me, I admit it, no baby was involved. However, my wife was
young at the time and I deemed her butt to be a satisfactory substitution.
Unfortunately - due to the fact she is a brunette - she can't be used as a
Well, what I've found is that the hinges that I recommended last
longer than anything I've purchased off the shelf at the Borg. My
previous seat had hinges that appeared similar to those to which I
posted the link, but they apparently were made of chromed pot metal
and peeled within a year. The ones on there now, with only "normal"
cleaning, still look fine.
Take the seat out, and measure the diameter of the holes, and the
diameter of the bolts. Odds are the bolts are too skinny, or you
reversed or left out the cone-shaped washers that came with the bolt
kit. The pointy end of cone goes in the hole, to keep the bolt centered.
Get bigger bolts, or go to a hardware store that sells real hardware,
and buy appropriate soft bushings to keep the bolt snug in the hole.
I made a tool from 1/2 inch copper tubing that is slotted at the end to
fit most any of the plastic toilet seat nuts I've
encountered - it's especially great for removing nuts that have been in
place for a while ...
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