hey up! have a very busy household and am getting through toilet seats
quiet regularly. they all seem to be quiet loose fitting and plasticy.
have spent 30 quid on supposedly heavy use ones, but even they come loose
eventually! anyone know where i can get heavy duty ones?
Those £13 wooden ones from B&Q are OK. I assume you mean the seat is
plasticy. The wooden seat is less of a shock on a winter morning too -
takes about 3 seconds to feel warm. Try to get ones with metal nusts and
bolts though - I am scared to really tighten the plastic nut one I bought.
If the problem is the plastic hinge housing breaking because the plastic
bolt has stretched and come loose, get an M4 coach bolt to use instead -
put a bath tap washer and a penny washer (in that order) between the
bowl and the nut to avoid cracking the bowl. You may have to file flats
on the head of the coach bolt to make it fit in the hinge. I used this
system on toilets in a charity shop (with heavyweight assistants)an it
lasted for 3 years before the hinge broke. It does rist solid quite
quicklt so the only way of removing the seat is to break the hinge!
Per the above; instead of galv. or black metal coach bolts use stainless.
That's what we use for example to fasten our toilet to the floor because the
toilet pipe flange is damaged and they remain usable for years.
On Sunday, January 09, 2005 4:07 PM [GMT+1ÎT], you wrote:
I can endorse this method - I had to fit a padded seat for my very ill
partner and though it was expensive and hard-to-get, it was flimsy and
the fittings were junk. They broke after a couple of weeks' use by
two skinny people. I could have demanded a refund but there wasn't
any other type available.
I used coachbolts, flats filed as above with an angle grinder, then
the plastic nuts from the original fittings locked on with metal nuts.
Instead of penny washers I used layers of that anti-slip stuff for
rugs, cut to size. I also glued anti-slip to the flat part of the
hinges where it met the bowl.
One reason it broke was because the seat tended to rotate on the
fixings. I sorted that by gluing more anti-slip material to the feet
of the seat (where it rests on the bowl). It's lasted two months so
far, sits solid and is better than new.
I don't need a padded seat any more. :(
But it'll stay there until it breaks. It should be readily removable;
all the modifications are to the seat itself.
Is the household in general "heavy duty"?
Anyway, I've found that if you can make up spacers so that the
fittings are held not by the clamps on the top, and free to wobble
back and forth, but by the screws in between them, then it works quite well.
I warmed the cistern slowly to 40C or so by pointing an electric heater
at it, then partially assembled the fixings, filled the holes with hot-melt
glue, and then finished the fixings.
Just an aside on the hardwood seat front. Beware using them on some
cistern/seat sets. Mine only JUST reaches the vertical, and as a result
tends to drop the seat just when a chap doesn't need that sort of
distraction! I wonder how long before it breaks the pan...
These people are a Danish company and are one of the biggest toilet
seat manufacturers in Europe. They have a UK office (see Dealer list on
I do know that their seats are used by many 'heavy duty' installations
(eg motorway service stations, hospitals, etc.).
I have one at home and it is the 'Rolls-Royce' of toilet seats.
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