Yesterday I wrote about the Defective Plastic SoftClose Toilet Seat Bolts on our Toto toilet. Below you can see a photo of the plastic bolts after I removed them from the toilet. The head of the bolts totally deteriorated and fell apart causing the toilet seat to become loose.
I was wondering all day today how I would fix the problem (rig it back together). I was pleasantly surprised when I went the the local hardware store that they actually sell the same style of plastic toilet seat hinge bolts. So I bought a set to replace the defective ones and a spare set to keep at the house. The new bolts look like a different type of plastic so hopefully they will hold up the harsh environment of chemicals.
Installing the new bolts is a piece of cake. Just remove the old one and install the new ones in the bolt holes. The design is such that you put the nut on the bottom below the toilet and use a screw driver on the top. No need for pliers or special tools.
I did a search online tonight and you can buy these Plumb Pak Do it Toilet Seat Hinge Replacement Bolt Sets from Amazon. I think the better solution however is to purchase the Plumb Pak Brass Do it Toilet Seat Bolt Set. I’d recommend having a spare set of these around the house or checking your plastic bolts occasionally. The last thing you want is to have the toilet seat break loose when you have friends over!