Toilets, Oh, Sigh…


Wicked Wednesdays

Wednesdays are dreaded around here for one reason: time to clean the bathrooms. It’s not a job that anyone likes, no matter how much you are willing to pay them. So, with resignation, assign yourself a day that it must be done.

Plumbing tends to be a gender-identified occupation; not really for any logic that I can gleen. What I’ve learned about toilets, I discovered on my own.

It started with a dingy toilet seat — stained even after scrubbing with bleach and scour pads. I saw at the home improvement store that a basic toilet seat doesn’t cost all that much.

Our toilet seat is elongated. You will need to check out the shape of yours before you buy. There are also the more familiar round toilet seats. I bought the correct seat and brought it home.

Check the size and color before buying. This is a round seat.

By examination, I saw that the seat attached to the toilet with plastic nuts and bolts. How do you screw them in? I looked under the toilet and saw this:toilet6

Yes, it’s a picture of the underside of the toilet. See the nut?

So, that’s how the seat is attached. I wondered how to get it unattached.

From the top of the toilet seat, I saw that the bolt covers actually had arrows on them. Rotating the covers in the direction indicated, I was able to access the tops of the bolts and lift off the seat. Older toilet seats may have bolt covers that lift off with a screw driver.

This toilet looked as scared as I was.

Around the bolts on the top side of the toilet, it was grungy. Easy to clean up with no bolt covers in the way.

Happier now!

Since the bolts (and everything else in this world) are made of plastic, don’t do this too often. However, once in a while it is worth the extra effort. Not only do you get a beautiful new toilet seat that is easier to clean, you now have a new method for cleaning those awful bolts. You’re welcome!

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