Toilet seat wiggling

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by Singlemom1950, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. Singlemom1950

    Singlemom1950 New Member

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    My toilet seat shifts from side to side. The problem seems to be that one of the screws is loose in the hole provided in the porcelain. Could I fill the hole with caulk or liquid nails or something like that then drive the screw into that filler?
  2. wjcandee

    wjcandee Wise One

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    Well, in most cases, the bolt isn't designed to completely-fill the width of the hole. Rather, the wiggling is prevented by the bolt and nut being tightened down, on which side depends upon the design of the hardware. I would that whatever the appropriate tools are and tighten the thing up. Straighten it out like you like, then tighten both sides.

    There are enough designs that it's hard to generalize too much, but that's the basic idea.
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    If it is a common bolt with a nut on the bottom, tightening the nut will stop the movement.
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    Reach4 Well-Known Member

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  5. cwhyu2

    cwhyu2 Consultant

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    You could also buy a new seat.Easy to install and you can get them at any hardware
    store.
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2014
  6. asktom

    asktom Member

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    You can shove a 3/8" cone washer in from the bottom and then put on the nut, often.
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