Toilet bolt replacement


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scott_z500

Do I have to remove the toilet to replace these bolts? They are all
corroded and I want to replace them with stainless steel ones...
 
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Speedy Jim

Do I have to remove the toilet to replace these bolts? They are all
corroded and I want to replace them with stainless steel ones...
Yes, and exactly how you do it will depend upon
the type of flange that is under there.
You will not know until you actually lift it off.

Might be better to leave well enough alone.......

Jim
 
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scott_z500

"Might be better to leave well enough alone"

I would just replace the nuts and washers with stainless steel, but the
toilet rocks, so presumably at least the one that fell into the hole
needs a new washer and nut. I figure as long as I'm buying parts I can
get enough for both sides so that they both look nice.

Can I even get toilet bolts in stainless steel or will I have to use
regular stainless steel bolt if I replace the bolts. I know toilet
bolts look different...
 
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Mikey S.

I've always used brass toilet bolts ( get them anyplace toilet parts are
sold) and never had a problem, they might come in stainless but those would
be tough to cut off at the toilet after you install them and even tougher to
get out later if you had to remove the toilet. So I suggest brass.
Change the Wax ring while you have the toilet off of course too.

Total investment for this job should be about $5
 
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G Henslee

Scott,

Most have a plastic cap that nicely covers the bolt and washer. To me
that looks nicer than a bolt head and washer, stainless or otherwise. YMMV
 
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scott_z500

I won't use brass or galvaniged hardware for anything, espically in the
basement or bathroom. If I'm going to go through the trouble I put in
stuff built to last, which does not include things made with flimsy
coatings like brass or galvanized hardware. I don't like seeing rust
all over stuff.
 
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scott_z500

Irregardless of the looks, I still won't put in stuff that's not built
to last like brass or galvanized hardware. I might consider the brass
stuff if it were solid brass, but tha brass coated stuff is crap.
 
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Andy S

I won't use brass or galvaniged hardware for anything, espically in the
basement or bathroom. If I'm going to go through the trouble I put in
stuff built to last, which does not include things made with flimsy
coatings like brass or galvanized hardware. I don't like seeing rust
all over stuff.

Brass does not rust and is not a coating.
 
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scott_z500

Maybe in the past brass was solid, but most of the brass items I see in
the stores is brass coating, even hardware. Don't believe me? Try
hitting it with a wire brush. My car is loaded with these crappy brass
coated bolts. If it doesn't say it's solid brass, I now assume that
it's brass coated.
 
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Mikey S.

Go to your favorite plumbing or home store, Home Depot will work fine.
Go the plumbing aisle..look for toilet bolts aka Johnny bolts.
Pick any of the ones that say "Solid Brass"
Don't pick the ones that say "Brass Plated"
problem solved
 
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Andy S

Maybe in the past brass was solid, but most of the brass items I see in
the stores is brass coating, even hardware. Don't believe me? Try
hitting it with a wire brush. My car is loaded with these crappy brass
coated bolts. If it doesn't say it's solid brass, I now assume that
it's brass coated.
True....thoes are brass 'coated'. Any plumbing section in a hardware store
will sell solid brass flange bolts for toilets. Thoes will not rust.
 
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scott_z500

"Pick any of the ones that say "Solid Brass"
Don't pick the ones that say "Brass Plated""

I have the feeling that when I go looking I'm likely to find brass
looking unmarked bolts.
 
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dadiOH

Travis said:
Brass is an alloy, not a coating.

Brass bolts won't rust. That is why they use brass in thru hull
fittings on boats. It is even more corrosion resistant than 316
stainless, especially in warm climates.
Bronze, not brass. For salt water at least. Brass is an alloy of
copper and zinc, zinc gets eaten up by electrolysis, what's left isn't
pretty.

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dadiOH

I won't use brass or galvaniged hardware for anything, espically in
the basement or bathroom. If I'm going to go through the trouble I
put in stuff built to last, which does not include things made with
flimsy coatings like brass or galvanized hardware. I don't like
seeing rust all over stuff.
As others said, brass won't rust. Not the way you mean. Neither will
galvanized steel as long as the zinc is in place. Hot dipped stuff is
good stuff; electroplated, well...

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dadiOH

"Pick any of the ones that say "Solid Brass"
Don't pick the ones that say "Brass Plated""

I have the feeling that when I go looking I'm likely to find brass
looking unmarked bolts.
You love making problems for yourself, don't you? Take a freaking
magnet with you.

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dadiOH

Gina said:
The toilet flange may be broken. The bolts slip into a keyhole slot
on the flange. If the flange is broken, you'll need to repair or
replace the flange.
I wonder if he could get a stainless steel flange? :)

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scott_z500

"You love making problems for yourself, don't you? Take a freaking
magnet with you. "

Will a magnet attract solid brass?

In so far as me making problems for myself. I actually reduce problems
for myself by using quality stuff when I make repairs, so I don't have
to do them over repeatedly. Just getting good quality repair parts for
houses is difficult because the mass marketers mostly stock cheap crap
and builders and contractors use only the cheapest quality available
(unless it effects it's appeareance) and most homeowners don't know any
better and just replace in kind.

Since I started using stainless steel hardware I don't have rust or
stripped heads, or heads the break off screws.
 
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G Henslee

You mentioned "looking nice", so I was referring to the covers atop the
bolts, irregardless of what they're made of. To me they look nicer and
more sanitary.

As for the "crappy coated" brass bolts, they will more than likely
outlive you or your use of the terlet.
 

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