As others said, brass won't rust. Not the way you mean. Neither will
galvanized steel as long as the zinc is in place. Hot dipped stuff is
good stuff; electroplated, well...
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Flange bolts are made with a special head to slide into the flange. I doubt
that you will find a SS model.
If you choose to disregard the correct advice others have given, I hope
you are the person who has the pleasure of sawing your overdone bolts out
when the time comes that it has to be done.
Irregardless of the looks, I still won't put in stuff that's not built
to last like brass or galvanized hardware. I might consider the brass
stuff if it were solid brass, but tha brass coated stuff is crap.
You mentioned "looking nice", so I was referring to the covers atop the
bolts, irregardless of what they're made of. To me they look nicer and
As for the "crappy coated" brass bolts, they will more than likely
outlive you or your use of the terlet.
scott email@example.com wrote:
The toilet flange may be broken. The bolts slip into a keyhole slot on the
flange. If the flange is broken, you'll need to repair or replace the
flange. While you're at it, you should replace the wax ring as well. Just
remember to not over tighten the flange bolts and crack the porcelain. If
that happens, you'll need a new toilet. I always press the bowl onto the
wax ring with my body weight, hand tighten the bolts, and give maybe a 1/4 -
1/2 turn with the wrench but not much more. If the floor is not level (low
spots, etc), I have seen plumbers set the toilet into a bed of plaster
spread around the flange. The plaster will level out the unevenness and
help keep the toilet fairly level until the plaster sets up. Most properly
installed toilets will move a bit if pushed with enough force, you just want
a good seal between the toilet and the flange. Just remember not to over
tighten the flange bolts, less is definitely more in this situation.
If ever there was a thread where the expression "gilding a turd" applied
this is the one!
I've never had a problem with brass/bronze toilet hold down bolts
themselves. Over the years most of my angst over toilet hold downs has
been caused by cheap thin steel toilet flanges. If there's any moisture
around, even that caused by washing the floor around a toilet that's not
bedded on plumbers putty, the steel disappears from galvanic corrrosion
where it's in contact with the brass bolts, and the heads of those bolts
pull right through it.
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