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Toilet Seat Repair: Keep Your Seat Tight

Tighten a loose or wiggly toilet seat with inexpensive rubber bushings and seat stabilizers. It’s a 15-minute fix that'll last for years.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Install rubber bushings

Forum reader “tank_military” asked for advice on keeping a toilet seat tight for more than a few months at a time. Another forum member advised that he change out the plastic toilet seat bolts to steel. We think that’s just a temporary fix too.

Here’s a more permanent fix. Buy a toilet seat tightening kit (about $3) from a home center or through our affiliation with amazon.com. Remove the toilet seat nuts and insert the rubber bushings (Photo 1).

Install seat stabilizers

Then install a set of toilet seat stabilizers (Photo 2), such as Safe-T-Bumpers ($4 at amazon.com). That'll eliminate loosening caused by side-to-side movement.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • 4-in-1 screwdriver
    • Drill/driver, cordless
    • Drill bit set
    • Pliers

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • Toilet seat tightening kit
    • Toilet seat stabilizer kit

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June 25, 7:09 AM [GMT -5]

You can also cure the side-to-side wiggle of the toilet seat by placing pieces of double-sided sticky (foam) tape around the bolt hole before placing the seat in position (and snugging down the bolts). The adhesive foam prevents any sideways slippage.

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