Install rubber bushings
Photo 1: Slide on a rubber bushing
Install the rubber bushing with the tapered side facing up toward the toilet seat. Then use the tightening tool from the kit to snug up the nut.Photo: Courtesy of The Family Handyman
Photo 1A: Close-up of bushing kit
Rubber bushings slide on the seat bolt and the supplied tool helps with tightening.Photo: Courtesy of The Family Handyman
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
Photo 2: Locate and install the stabilizers
Loop the rubber band around the toilet seat and center the stabilizers so they touch the inside rim of the bowl. Drill a starter hole and secure the stabilizers with screws from the kit.Photo: Courtesy of The Family Handyman
Photo 2A: Close-up of seat stabilizers
Plastic stabilizers keep the seat centered on the toilet.Photo: Courtesy of The Family Handyman
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.
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 bit set
- Drill/driver - cordless
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 stabilizer kit
- Toilet seat tightening kit