I have had it...trying to rebuild an old toilet in the basement. Every step
has been hard. I had to use a hacksaw blade to get the tank off, only to
discover ANOTHER set of bolts that are rusted on. I was thinking of
drilling them out from the top, but since all my free time is going into
this learning experience I am ready to call the plumber and even buy a new
toilet. Maybe that is the best idea.
Does anyone have a great way to get those bolts out?
Many years ago I had a summer job working for a plumber. He caught me
using brass nuts to fasten a toilet to the floor flange and chewed me
out royally. Seems that only iron nuts on iron bolts were to be used
(not even cad plated steel.) That way when a repair was needed either
he, or a union brother would be called.
This was my first exposure to union mentality. I still hate unions.
I worked on a refrigerated cooler a couple years ago. The store owner said
that the last guy out had left the caps off the freon fittings. He asked the
tech about it later, and it seems that is policy for that particular
company. They figure that the freon will leak out and the owner will have to
call them back for a recharge.
I don't do that kind of nonsense. Thank you very much for relating your
Sure. Get yourself a nut splitter at a auto supply store. Under 10 bucks.
Tighten it on until the nut splits and away you go. I just did the same on
an 18 year old toilette. If the bolt spins grab it with vice grips and use
the nut splitter as a wrench. No rusty bolt can withstand that.
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