Sitting on the lid of a toilet

Discussion in 'Toilet Forum discussions' started by dontwalkhand, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. dontwalkhand

    dontwalkhand New Member

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    If people are going to be sitting on the lid of a toilet to do things such as cutting toenails etc, would a plastic toilet seat be a smart decision? Are the lids on plastic toilet seats strong enough to hold a person? Would we be better off getting the molded wood?

    The advantage to plastic is its easier to clean,and is resistant to stains., but when sitting on the lid, it feels kind of flimsy, but not as flimsy as it were to break.
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  2. gusherb94

    gusherb94 Member

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    I think it depends on the type of plastic seat you get, are downstairs toilet has this seat http://www.bemisseats.com/catalog/retail/index.php?prodid=200SLOW and it's plenty sturdy to sit on and doesnt flex very much, now a cheap 6 dollar seat would flex and sag and probably wouldn't want to sit on one. Our upstairs bath has a molded wood soft close model and that one is very sturdy for sitting and even standing though it is prone to cracking. I would suggest to you the plastic soft-close seat that i pasted the link of.

    Jonathan
  3. achutch

    achutch New Member

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    Jonathan,

    Tyler the Cat and I have to agree that we approve of your Bemis plastic seat. (See the attached picture). Tyler's bed is a Bemis soft close seat on his (it's no longer mine) Toto Drake. The "furry cover" is changed once a week just my sheets are changed on my bed each Sunday morning. Tyler has gotten his nails trimmed on this seat many times (and is fast asleep there as I type).

    When I bought my Drake in October 2005, the plumbing showroom recommended the Bemis soft close seat. I agree that it is a good deal as well as sturdy. The Kohler plastic seat that I bought for my camp in the woods would buckle each time I sat on its lid to put my socks on in the morning after my shower.:( It got replaced with a Bemis wooden seat! You can see it on my Avatar with Tyler on its lid (of the 1952 Eljer)!

    achutch

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  4. dontwalkhand

    dontwalkhand New Member

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    I believe what we have right now is a Church, It is flimsy when you sit on the lid.
  5. kingsotall

    kingsotall Plunger/TurdPuncher

    Church

    What type of toilet¿ We are completing a house with six Toto Elongated Drakes and they got the Easy Clean wooden Church seats and they are longer than the bowls by almost 1/2". Calling 'em like I see 'em.

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  6. achutch

    achutch New Member

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    Right seat, right toilet, wrong avatar, wrong CAT!!!:eek: That's Lynx on the lid!! (It was a long day...)
  7. dontwalkhand

    dontwalkhand New Member

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    What kind of kolher seat? We have the same problem with a Kohler seat downstairs, when people sit on the lid, they say to me that is going to cave in.
  8. achutch

    achutch New Member

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    Kohler Brevia Seat

    It was a Kohler "Brevia" plastic seat that replaced a wood (compressed sawdust) seat which cracked while I was seated on it (sounded like a gunshot when it happened :eek:). The salesperson at H.D. was trying to talk me into a Bemis soft closing seat, but I went with the cheaper Kohler Brevia.

    You get what you pay for. When I sat down on the lid, it felt like it was going to cave in. Because of the design of the camp (one room, lots of windows, rough wood floor), it's better to get dressed in the bathroom after a shower. I need to sit down to apply my foot spray and to put on my socks. The Brevia seat because of its flimsy lid was unacceptable and got replaced with another Bemis wood seat (and that was 3 years ago)!

    achutch
  9. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    seats

    There are thin plastic seats and there are thick sturdy ones. You have to pick the one you want to use.
  10. achutch

    achutch New Member

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    hj,

    I'd like to have the choice. What would you recommend for a sturdy plastic seat, and where can I find one?

    achutch
  11. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    This is a sturdy seat, but people may not want to sit on it...

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  12. gusherb94

    gusherb94 Member

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    LMAO!! :eek::D
  13. dontwalkhand

    dontwalkhand New Member

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    I see, do you have the Bemis with the beveled edge? What I am worried about is when sitting on the lid with just a bare butt, the beveled edge would bother you, but I like the beveled edge style.
  14. achutch

    achutch New Member

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    All 4 seats are by Bemis. I have the soft close elongated plastic seat with the beveled lid on the Toto Drake at home (pictured above somewhere in this thread with the cat on its blue furry cover -- it's his favorite bed). This seat won't buckle if you sit on it, and I doubt it would bother you if you sat on it with your bare butt (except I would think that it might feel a little cold).
  15. dontwalkhand

    dontwalkhand New Member

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    I see, OK, it looks like the Bemis it is, Plastic with the beveled edge for all of the bathrooms. At least peace of mind that I won't fall in when I sit on the lid is good.

    How resistant is it to scratches and the like? Things like buttons from pants, or something falling?
  16. achutch

    achutch New Member

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    I think with normal use it will be OK. Shortly after I bought the new toilet and seat, the cat clawed the lid and scratched it. I replaced the seat and then put the cover over the lid. He hasn't tried to scratch it since, and that was over 3 years ago.
  17. dontwalkhand

    dontwalkhand New Member

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    Those covers really don't stay on plastic lids that well because of the hinges, are you using the cover with the Bemis seat?
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