Toilet seat hinge breaks, possible to just replace the hinge?

The seat looks fine except that one of the two hinges that screw into the seat and back has broken. It's some kind of plastic. Can I possibly buy a hinge new? The seat is made by Bemis and I bought and installed that myself, very likely bought from Home Depot maybe 10 years ago.
Dan
Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net
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Take a look at Signature Hardware. Have used their plated-brass hinged seats with good luck (after getting sick of the big box crap that breaks after a couple years) and I believe they sell the hinges separately.
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:> The seat looks fine except that one of the two hinges that screw into :> the seat and back has broken. It's some kind of plastic. Can I possibly :> buy a hinge new? The seat is made by Bemis and I bought and installed :> that myself, very likely bought from Home Depot maybe 10 years ago.:> :> Dan:> :> Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net: :Take a look at Signature Hardware. Have used their plated-brass :hinged seats with good luck (after getting sick of the big box crap :that breaks after a couple years) and I believe they sell the hinges :separately. : :nate
What I see there is a brass affair, one big unit. What I have is two separate hinges. I just did some poking around and found this:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)31931100&sr=1-3
Says it works with Bemis seats, so I suppose it will work, however it appears to be different from what's on there. I may visit my local recycling outfit before ordering.
Dan
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On 03/16/2012 04:57 PM, Dan Musicant wrote:

(Amazon.com product link shortened)31931100&sr=1-3
It ain't rocket surgery... I'm assuming your seat is wood or rigid plastic. In almost all cases the hinges just screw to the seat with little stainless or brass wood screws. Worst case you might have to fill some old holes with white caulk to hide where the old hinges were. Or just buy a whole new seat and be done with it. I like the brass hinge assy. for ease of cleaning, the plastic ones seem to collect mung in the nooks and crannies.
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The "slow close" seats I just bought have a simple way to remove the seat entirely from the toilet. Turn 2 hidden knobs and pop the entire seat right off.
It's meant for cleaning. You can get at the entire area under the seat.
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:On 03/16/2012 04:57 PM, Dan Musicant wrote:
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:> :> The seat looks fine except that one of the two hinges that screw into :> :> the seat and back has broken. It's some kind of plastic. Can I possibly :> :> buy a hinge new? The seat is made by Bemis and I bought and installed :> :> that myself, very likely bought from Home Depot maybe 10 years ago. :> :> :> :> Dan :> :> :> :> Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net :> : :> :Take a look at Signature Hardware. Have used their plated-brass :> :hinged seats with good luck (after getting sick of the big box crap :> :that breaks after a couple years) and I believe they sell the hinges :> :separately. :> : :> :nate:> :> What I see there is a brass affair, one big unit. What I have is two :> separate hinges. I just did some poking around and found this::> :> (Amazon.com product link shortened)31931100&sr=1-3 :> :> Says it works with Bemis seats, so I suppose it will work, however it :> appears to be different from what's on there. I may visit my local :> recycling outfit before ordering.:> : : :It ain't rocket surgery... I'm assuming your seat is wood or rigid :plastic. In almost all cases the hinges just screw to the seat with :little stainless or brass wood screws. Worst case you might have to :fill some old holes with white caulk to hide where the old hinges were. : Or just buy a whole new seat and be done with it. I like the brass :hinge assy. for ease of cleaning, the plastic ones seem to collect mung :in the nooks and crannies. : :nate
I went to my local Ace Hardware and they had only the single unit brass and chromed units. I bought the brass, but have 2nd thoughts. The fixtures in the bathroom are all chromed, so I think I'll bring it back and exchange for the chromed one. I would have gotten it but I thought it might get rusting eventually, as chromed steel often does, but I figure I should give them the benefit of the doubt that it is better made than that.
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You can certainly buy individual hinges, though you may have to get a pair to have a matching set. Even Wal-mart has them. Figure about $1.50 each at any place that sells toilets or just toilet parts.
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: :> The seat looks fine except that one of the two hinges that screw into :> the seat and back has broken. It's some kind of plastic. Can I possibly :> buy a hinge new? The seat is made by Bemis and I bought and installed :> that myself, very likely bought from Home Depot maybe 10 years ago.:> :> Dan:> :> :> Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net: :You can certainly buy individual hinges, though you may have to get a pair :to have a matching set. Even Wal-mart has them. Figure about $1.50 each at :any place that sells toilets or just toilet parts.
That's probably what I'll do, get a pair, maybe the other's weakened at this point. At $1.50 apiece, worth it to just replace the pair! Thanks for the idea.
Dan
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I just replaced 2 old and worn out toilet seats. Forget about repairing them.
They sell seats now with damped hinges. No more slamming lids. It's worth going for the upgrade rather than repairing.
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: :> The seat looks fine except that one of the two hinges that screw into :> the seat and back has broken. It's some kind of plastic. Can I possibly :> buy a hinge new? The seat is made by Bemis and I bought and installed :> that myself, very likely bought from Home Depot maybe 10 years ago.: :I just replaced 2 old and worn out toilet seats. :Forget about repairing them. : :They sell seats now with damped hinges. No more slamming :lids. It's worth going for the upgrade rather than repairing.
This seat looks basically new, only problem is that hinge.
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The other problem is that it slams shut.
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Dan Musicant wrote:

If all else fails, buy a complete seat and salvage the hinges.
Still, toilet seats have made great strides in the last decade - you might consider a newer, more advanced, model.
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metal one. Plastic ones are cheap junk.
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Unless you are trying to save money, it probably wise to consider replacing the entire seat. I would think a good hardware store will have some kind of bolt to secure that seat tho it may not match the other side unless you do both at the same time.
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$27 ???? That seems a bit pricey but maybe you got a fancy toilet seat ???
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warranted for life. I had one for over 15 years and the hinge broke, took it back to Home Cheepo and they replaced it no questions asked.
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: :> The seat looks fine except that one of the two hinges that screw into :> the seat and back has broken. It's some kind of plastic. Can I possibly :> buy a hinge new? The seat is made by Bemis and I bought and installed :> that myself, very likely bought from Home Depot maybe 10 years ago.:> :> Dan:> :> :> Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net:Hmm bet ya didn't save the receipt and box did ya. The Bemis seats are :warranted for life. I had one for over 15 years and the hinge broke, took it :back to Home Cheepo and they replaced it no questions asked. : :R
Huh... actually, I may have that receipt. I'll look. Thanks for the tip.
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: :> The seat looks fine except that one of the two hinges that screw into :> the seat and back has broken. It's some kind of plastic. Can I possibly :> buy a hinge new? The seat is made by Bemis and I bought and installed :> that myself, very likely bought from Home Depot maybe 10 years ago.:> :> Dan:> :> :> Email: dmusicant at pacbell dot net:Hmm bet ya didn't save the receipt and box did ya. The Bemis seats are :warranted for life. I had one for over 15 years and the hinge broke, took it :back to Home Cheepo and they replaced it no questions asked. : :R :
Actually I do save home improvement and repair receipts. I just looked through them and found one from Big K, which I think is K-Mart, a store that closed around 3 miles from me. It just says "TOILET SEAT. 5.39 + 0.44 tax for $5.83. Dated April 22, 2000. However, I am 90% sure I don't have the box. It would be hard to prove, I suppose, not sure how I'd do it. Bring the K Mart receipt to Costco and the broken seat with hinge?
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