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Plastic Bolts / Nylon Bolts - How?

Discussion in 'Plumbing and Central Heating' started by SirLancelot, 5 Jun 2017.

  1. SirLancelot

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    Hi all,

    Toilet seat secured by plastic bolts.

    Shank diameter = 8.5 mm.

    I need help on how I can get a replacement set without wasting money and time with a new seat.

    The bolt is centred perfectly in a steel washer - so I want to try and find a direct 8.5mm (Max) swap.

    Also - the fasteners - rather than having a flat mating surface - are domed - so when they contact the basin cut holes - it helps keep them centred from underneath too.

    I need help finding replacements please.

    I have called the manufacturer (APS plastics - Cape Town) and they can't help.

    I'm asking forum members to help me find a replacement set of bolts and fasteners.

    Genuine thanks to anybody willing to contribute,

    SirLancelot.

    MODS - is there a more appropriate forum for this thread? Please move if so.
     

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    Surely, for the cost of a bog seat it isn't worth the hassle?
     
  4. SirLancelot

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    My buttocks have moulded perfectly to the shape of the seat over many years.

    Don't want to ruin a good thing.

    Still asking for help with sourcing replacements - for these bolts!
     
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    Why not source a stainless coach bolt and suitable nut and washer.

    There is being tight, and there's squeaking like a toy duck when you walk.
     
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    So it's just an M6 Nylon bolt then?

    Nozzle
     
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    Are you referring to your Steed or your throne? :LOL:
     
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    Thanks for the responses.

    I've made a guess that the provided bolts were plastic for some good reason.

    I'm just having a hard time sourcing a swap.

    screwfix, Toolstation, homebase, B&Q = no joy.

    So asking for help.
     
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    I guess it was due to "cost"!
    The best seats use stainless steel fixings and decent rubber washers/grommets and buffers.
     
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    Please show me - I am not experienced in such fastenings.

    I'm assuming that there is alot of flex and movement on any fastenings/joints as people move on the seat, so I am open to any advice.
     
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    1. Obtain M8 stainless steel screws with appropriate head, matching wingnuts and ordinary washers.
    2. Obtain M8 stainless penny washers. Make sure outside diameter same as or less than existing washer's.
    3. File / turn down outside diameter of penny washers to fit hole in seat hinge.
    4. Open up centre hole of domed nuts to act as washer for M8 screw.
    5. Cut most of domed nuts off and save dome. File square to centre hole.
    6. Fit M8 screw through penny washer, through hole in seat and through WC.
    7. Fit modified dome nut, ordinary washer and wingnut. Finger tighten.
    8. Repeat 7 for other bolt.
    9. Tighten firmly.

    Better still, replace WC seat.
     
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    The cost of the fixing kits on the first line of the link above are very expensive.

    I seem to remember that even a pine seat with fixings at B&Q was only about £12 when I last bought one.

    Perhaps you could pay a little more ( £16? ) and have a new plastic seat?

    I am sure your body parts could mold to the new shape!

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    At this point - I'm asking for advice on where & what brand to buy - basic plastic toilet seat which is easy to clean.

    I must be able to buy a backup set of fixings for it - so I don't have to go through this again when a bolt/hinge beaks in the future.
     
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