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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Plumbing.

In this Badge Bit, you will repair a toilet seat or lid.  (Note that this BB is part of a 6-part choose your own adventure list BB called the Tiny List. You must complete six Badge Bits in the Tiny List.)



Some related articles
  - How to Fix a Loose Toilet Seat
  - Toilet Seat Hinge Repair
  - How to Attach a Toilet Seat Lid
  - How to Install a New Toilet Seat









To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - repair a toilet with problems with the lid/seat

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
   - a before picture of the problem toilet seat/lid
   - an in progress shot of you repairing the toilet seat/lid
   - an after picture of the newly repaired toilet seat/lid
   - a description of the problem and how it was fixed
   - OR a 2-minute video of you doing this
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One of the hinges on our toilet seat/lid recently broke. I removed the old seat, cleaned the area up and installed the new seat.
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My "slow close" lid had failed and became a fast close lid.  Which kinda sucks.  No real way to repair it that I know of so I got a new one.  It's easy to change them out if you have good finger strength to undo the plastic nuts on the underside.
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Old seat - the soft close magic juice leaked out and is the grey stuff by the right hinge
Old seat - the soft close magic juice leaked out and is the grey stuff by the right hinge
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Midway through
Midway through
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All done!
All done!
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We had an adaptive seat in one of the bathrooms, but handles were becoming loose.  It was actually not needed any more, so the loose handles were a perfect excuse to replace it, clean it, tighten the handles, and leave it in the garage for future use.  Since we have a wiggly someone who is potty training in the house, I used tight locks instead of the regular ones.

ETA: No brain today
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before
before
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unscrewing
unscrewing
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taken apart - adaptive on the right, new seat on the left
taken apart - adaptive on the right, new seat on the left
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tight locks
tight locks
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finished
finished
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The seat hadn't broken yet, but was getting progressively looser. It only needed tightened back up a few turns to effect repairs. The difference is a bit subtle visually, but you can feel the difference clearly while sitting.
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Off center due to loose bolt.
Off center due to loose bolt.
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Dark upward shot as I hand tightened the bolt.
Dark upward shot as I hand tightened the bolt.
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Tightened and back to center.
Tightened and back to center.
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Here is my submission for the Plumbing & Hot Water - Sand - Repair a Toilet Seat/Lid BB.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
a <2-minute video of me doing these things:
 - a before picture of the problem toilet seat/lid
 - an in-progress shot of you repairing the toilet seat/lid (with stills of the bolts)
 - an after picture of the newly repaired toilet seat/lid

 - a description of the problem and how it was fixed

The toilet seat and lid combo was loose and disconcerting to sit on it.  It was not broken and did not need to be replaced.  Since the wiggle was hard to capture in a still photo I did a short video and added photos of the bolts that I tightened.

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The seats on all three toilets in the house were getting loose, so I went around and tightened them all. For the sake of this BB, I'm just submitting photo's of one.
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Loose toilet seat
Loose toilet seat
Bolt.jpg
The bolt on the bottom side of the seat
The bolt on the bottom side of the seat
Action.jpg
An action shot of me tightening the bolt
An action shot of me tightening the bolt
After.jpg
The seat realigned and tightened
The seat realigned and tightened
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Here is my submission for the Plumbing & Hot Water - Sand for Straw (duplicate) - Repair a Toilet Seat/Lid BB.

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
   - a before picture of the problem toilet seat/lid
   - an in-progress shot of you repairing the toilet seat/lid
   - an after picture of the newly repaired toilet seat/lid
   - a description of the problem and how it was fixed

This toilet is at my dentist's office and the seat and lid combo was loose and disconcerting to sit on it.  It was not broken and did not need to be replaced.  The wiggle was hard to capture in a single still photo I got two shots showing how much movement was in the lid/seat before and after I tightened the bolts.
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toilet at dentist's office - it is wiggley
toilet at dentist's office - it is wiggley
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wiggle to the right
wiggle to the right
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wiggle to the left
wiggle to the left
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looking up (as if laying on the floor) tightening the bolts
looking up (as if laying on the floor) tightening the bolts
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fixed
fixed
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Note: Gettin' BBs at the dentist's office - nice

 
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Here is my submission for the Plumbing - Sand4Straw Points - Tiny List - Repair a Toilet Seat BB.

INCOMPLETE - Need One More Photo

I help manage 40 acres of our land as a private venue campground and there is often maintenance and repairs to be done.  We have six four-stall permanent outhouses and one (two-stall) willow feeder for use by campers. This spring, while preparing (cleaning, stocking, etc.) the campground for our spring event and summer rentals, I found three damaged and moldy toilet seats which I replaced with new toilet seats.  

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
   - a before picture of the problem toilet seat/lid
   - an in-progress shot of you repairing the toilet seat/lid
   - an after picture of the newly repaired toilet seat/lid
   - a description of the problem and how it was fixed

"Outhouse Structure" with four stalls

 
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I just put this seat on not six months ago! And already you set down and almost slide off! Not anymore.
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Left side loose
Left side loose
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Right side loose
Right side loose
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Tightening the screws
Tightening the screws
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Shake testl eft
Shake testl eft
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Shake test right
Shake test right
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Note: I certify this BB complete. Well done Dave.  Thank you for bringing this to our attention

 
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I'm unsure if this will count. I was so caught up on getting the repair done right away that I forgot to take the pictures until I had already finished. Still, I have pictures of the original damaged seat and the replaced one.
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Damaged connection
Damaged connection
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Damaged edge
Damaged edge
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Replaced seat
Replaced seat
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Note: Sorry. We need an in progress pic of the repair. Looks like a good repair though.

 
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The toilet had a very loose seat, due to the bolts being loose. So I tightened the bolts, and now we no longer have a loose toilet seat!
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the seat was very loose
the seat was very loose
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(on both sides)
(on both sides)
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(The problem)
(The problem)
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* the problem fixed*
* the problem fixed*
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Lid was loose and needed to be tightened on one side.
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before
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action
action
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after
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Wrong sized toilet seat was on the main bathroom (round instead of elongated).  Replaced and secured.
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To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- repair a toilet with problems with the lid/seat

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
  - a before picture of the problem toilet seat/lid
  - an in progress shot of you repairing the toilet seat/lid
  - an after picture of the newly repaired toilet seat/lid
  - a description of the problem and how it was fixed

One of the connections was loose on our toilet seat so it was loose.  I used a Philips head screwdriver and held the nut underneath to tighten the seat.
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To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- repair a toilet with problems with the lid/seat

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
  - a before picture of the problem toilet seat/lid
  - an in progress shot of you repairing the toilet seat/lid
  - an after picture of the newly repaired toilet seat/lid
  - a description of the problem and how it was fixed
  - OR a 2-minute video of you doing this

One night while pondering life there was a sudden CRACK. Then there was a crack. Instead of suffering a pinched bottom, I ordered a new seat and installed it. I had to swap out the seat mounting screws for the new style but that took only a moment with a screwdriver. Quick, easy, efficient.
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Crack in Seat
Crack in Seat
Seat2.jpg
New Seat
New Seat
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Installing new mounting screws
Installing new mounting screws
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New Seat Installed!
New Seat Installed!
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Our bathroom toilet lid had come loose and had broken in a way so that it didn't lay evenly (it was also stained in some places). So it was time to retire it to the dump. Now we have a shiny new toilet seat!
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Cockeyed toilet seat on a toilet
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Old toilet seat removed from toilet
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Brand new toilet seat installed on toilet
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Note: I certify this BB complete.  Well done

 
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