I have a slow close toilet seat, wood with chrome hinges. When I first
installed it a couple of years ago, a gentle push started both the seat and
lid closing with the seat closing in about 7 seconds and the lid in about
Now, that same push gets the seat closing as usual, but the lid stops. I
have to manually close the lid to about 45* before it will move on it's
own. Once it starts it takes over 3 minutes to close.
This is not a big deal now but it might be if the seat begins to exhibit
the same problem.
How do these slow closing hinges work and what would make just the lid part
On Feb 19, 10:28 am, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
It does not seem to be. If it were I would expect that both the seat
and lid would close at the same rate. However, it is only the lid that
has slowed down to a point that we don't even close it any more.
It's not necessarily the closing speed of the lid that's the issue,
it's more that we have to close it almost halfway before it will even
begin to close by itself. If I just give it a push to get it started
like I used to, the seat closes but the lid stays still at a weird
angle. The design of the hinges are such that it takes some effort to
close the seat/lid manually due to the dampening mechanism. As long as
we're pushing the lid halfway down, we might as well just push it all
the way, which obviously defeats the purpose of having a self closing
In addition, if it's happening with the lid now, I'm wondering when it
will happen with the seat.
I have the same problem. I'll just keep pushing until something
breaks. Never timed it. In the beginning I wondered how long it would
be before it got weak
and slammed like a normal seat. I would guess I'm into it about 5 or 6
My chrome is starting to blister.
What you explained, usually is the result of not lifting the lid when a guy
takes a leak. You can start by cleaning your toilet hinges at least every
year, it should solve the problem from getting the nasty urine all over the
A little potty training never hurt anyone.
They close slowly due to friction.
I've only ever seen them with plastic hinges.
I wonder if yours really are chrome inside the hinge?
Cleaning the hinge is what I see manufacturers recommending.
Most of the slow closers that I've seen allow you to also pop the whole
seat off. Soak the whole thing in hot soapy water if you can.
I have a couple of them and I think they're great.
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