How to Replace a Toilet Seat Lid

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A toilet seat lid is a simple part to replace. Learn how to replace your toilet seat lid with the help of a professional contractor in this free video.

Part of the Video Series: Bathroom Fixture Repair
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Video Transcript

Hi, my name is Chris Wade, and I'm a contractor in the city of Los Angeles. Today, I'm going to show you how to replace a toilet seat lid. It's really easy. If you look beyond the toilet seat right here, you're going to find two cap covers. You just basically want to pop those off, and you're going to look there, and you're just going to drop your screwdriver in there and you're going to unloosen the screw. This nut right here needs to be just held on to. And, you just unscrew the plastic screw. Again, be very careful, these are both plastic items. And, you just want to set those to the side, undo the other one, pop it up, and you're just going to remove your toilet seat. And, this is what it's going to look like without a toilet seat. And, you're going to take your new toilet seat, and you're going to pop the screw back in, both of them, lining them up. And, you just want to line it up with the neck, and just basically start tightening it up. A lot of times, you'll see that it has a little wing on it. The purpose for that is, as you can see, it's spinning, and it will kind of self tighten itself, you don't have to keep your hand under there the whole time. But, sometimes it will not be big enough, and you'll have to hold your hand under there. So, that's pretty much how it goes there. And, what you want to do is, you want to kind of just cinch it down, not 100 percent tight, and once you get both of them like that, go ahead and line your toilet seat up to the toilet so it's just got the nice reveal all the way around. Feel it, get it where, exactly where you want it, and then just go ahead and give it that final cinch down. Once you do that, you want to check it to see if it's, you know, wobbling or anything. You don't want it to wobble too much, otherwise you'll fall off when you're sitting on it. Get these tightened down, and you just pop these covers back on, and you are ready to use your new toilet seat.


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