Stuck screws - Toilet seat

Discussion in 'Screwfix' started by Mark Street, Feb 9, 2024.

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  1. Mark Street

    Mark Street New Member

    Hi ,

    Any suggestions as to how to remove stuck toilet seat screws , partially stripped unfortunately. Any help much appreciated
     

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  2. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Screwfix Select

    Any access from underneath the pan to the fixings ?

    Often the bolts rust / corrode, even if stainless steel, can be low grade stainless ‘recipe’ and what with damp environment and the odd splash of pish over the years, sieze up

    Usual try WD40 (although recent long threads about this stuff isn’t actually a ‘penetrating oil’) but I’m sure we’ve all used the stuff over the years and our fathers before us and in a large amount of cases, it does actually free up your stuck nuts
     
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  3. koolpc

    koolpc Super Member

    Dynamite...works every time!
     
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  4. RegB

    RegB Active Member

    Is that fixing in porcelain?
     
  5. Bazza-spark

    Bazza-spark Screwfix Select

    Was starting to think you'd given that up :D
     
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  6. BuildingMad

    BuildingMad Well-Known Member

    If all else fails.
    Very slowly drill with 'M35 Cobalt Step Drill Bit 4-12mm' & the head should pop off.
    May have to stop it from turning by holding butterfly nut underside with grips, but avoid any tightening up.
    Usually expensive; 'Temu' have them for £3.59, but add other items for minimum order of £10 & free delivery in about 14 days
     
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  7. billysloke

    billysloke Active Member

    Sounds like he'd be better off getting one from the middle of Lidl on the 18th
     
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  8. Mark Street

    Mark Street New Member

    Hi

    Unfortunately yes
    Mark
     
  9. DBCDIY

    DBCDIY Screwfix Select

    As per BuildingMad.Drill the head off the bolt. Given that porcelain holes are normally 'roomy' it should just fall straight through...
     
  10. RegB

    RegB Active Member

    When you say "partially stripped", do you mean the threads have stripped and you can't unscrew them because they're going around inside the nit, or that the screw head has been, erm, screwed?

    In any case, get some water on it, maybe wrap a sopping wet rag around it with a hole in so that the metal pokes through, and use a Dremmel-type tool to cut it off (through the screw head and bracket). take care that the metal remains wet and cool and protect your china from flying sparks, which are likely to fuse themselves into the glaze, at least if they're like angle grinder sparks they are. I suppose you could use an ordinary angle grinder with a thin cut-off blade, but you would have to be really rather careful of cutting into the porcelaine.

    If you mean the screw head's a problm, you might be able to cut a slot in it, using a part worn mini Dremmel-type disc, and use an ordinary screwdriver.
     
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