I need to replace the toilet seat for a disabled person.
He tends to destroy the hinges of the average toilet seat design we've tried so I reckon I need some kind of "industrial" quality hinges!
I've searched Ebay for "heavy duty toilet seat" but they all look similar to what we've tried.
Anyone know of anything suitable or some brands to search for?
"Soft close" hinges are generally much better engineered than the crappy
wobbly hinges that seem to have become the standard these days. You may
have to change the seat as well but money well spent IMO.
Toilets in the 'Cat A' prison cells I used to visit (professionally, not as
a customer :) ) were a one piece stainless steel construction that was
designed not to need a seat and be pretty well indestructible. Thinking
about it I should have installed them in our holiday cottages - had to
change two sets of seats recently !
I have seen a seat which had additional locations that fitted around the
rim to prevent sideways movement (probably what starts the problem). I
reckon you could make something to attach to a wooden seat that would
locate the seat to the rim and prevent the leverage wrecking the hinges. I
wonder if I saw it at a hospital?
I guess I am suggesting is that you take away the hinge's responsibility
for "locating" the seat by using some additional means. Could you make and
fit alternative buffers that are shaped to fit into the rim - or around the
I don't know but some shops for disabled gadgets seem to be selling complete
toilets that look like they are built for a nuclear attack, but I don't
suppose you want to swap the whole thing. Its been my experience that the
main issue is the plastic rod they use, so presumably replacing that witha
metal one of the same diameter might be good. Unfortunately, then you often
find the actual seat itself cracks between the little feet.
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"Murmansk" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
On Sun, 11 May 2014 02:46:52 -0700 (PDT), Murmansk
Remap does a fair few such seats. Normally the problem is that the
user transfers on to the toilet seat with a degree of sideways
momentum rather than sitting straight onto it. The usual solution is
to get a well made seat in the first place and then fit L shaped
pieces of plastic or stainless steel which just fit inside (or outside
depending on the seat and bowl) to support the seat against left/right
forces. Don't forget to use stainless steel screws.
Totally agree Peter. Consider the hinge to be merely a device for allowing
the seat to be raised - you then need something else to take care of
sideways forces (also due to its position greater leverage is placed on the
hinge.) Can you remove a couple of the bump stops and fit something there
as Peter proposes. Alternatively try and fashion a couple of suitably
profiled replacement buffers.
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