When my husband raises the toilet seat it will not stay up. I have not placed a level on the toilet, but am pretty certain the floor is not level, it is not an issue of the type of toilet seat we have. We have bought new seats over the years.
Is there some ?goopy? Stuff I can put on the hinges to make them a little less efficient so the toilet seat doesn't fall down mid stream, or he doesn't need to hold the seat up every time he uses the toilet?
I've never heard of anything that can be applyed but I have seen toilet seats made just for men that have to be pushed down.
Why not level the floor from below?
Or pull the toilet and add nylon/plastic shims in order to level the bowl? (new wax seal would be needed too)
Otherwise, maybe some velcro straps to hold the lid up? (Just kidding)
Yikes, pulling the toilet and shiming or leveling sounds like so much work! I know it can be done but was hoping for an easier solution.
Thanks for your replies though. I hoped a little dirt? gunk? stuff? could be gooped around the hinges to just give them a little drag?
Well, you could take the whole lid off, and just set it beside the bowl?
Honestly anything you would apply to the hinges (to drag/stick them) would probably just be more of a hinderance to use, than a solution?
A level toilet is naturally going to function better and longer too. That is why we would suggest actually fixing the level, rather than just the seat/lid issue.
It's about a 1/2 hour job to get it level.
The diameter of the nylon bolts that hold the seat down are only about 3/8 of an inch. But, the holes in the porcelain for those bolts are a good 1/2 inch in diameter, if not 5/8 inch.
Loosen the bolts a little so that you can move the toilet seat FORWARD as far as it'll go, and then tighten the bolts again. By moving the seat a bit forward, the lid will lean a bit further back when it's in the upright position, and might stay up by itself.
Another option would be to buy 5/16 or 1/4 inch diameter nylon or solid brass bolts so that you could move the seat still further forward so that the lid leans still further back.
Thanks Nestor, at least something to try before removing the toilet.
I would make a good Renovation Realities show. I am certain my 1/2 hour raise or level the toilet project would turn into a 3 day fiasco!
I was sure I'd get some jokes, comments, about why is this a problem! All toilet seats should be made like this. Personally I always thought why shouldn't women leave the seat up for men to use instead of visa versa.
"I was sure I'd get some jokes, comments, about why is this a problem! All toilet seats should be made like this."
I'm sure you might have gotten all kinds of quips and comments if this were a different type of venue.
But, it's a DIY plumbing forum, and the people answering questions in here consider a toilet seat to be just another piece of plumbing hardware. So, I can't speak for others, but I would consider the kind of comments you were anticipating to be a very unimaginative attempt at humour.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Nestor,
Nestor is right on this one. Pull the seat as far forward as you can and tighten the bolts. If that works, I would put a glob of aquarium silicon (clear) in the space to keep it forward.
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