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The seat on my toilet always works itself loose. It has plastic thumb-screw-style nuts that tighten on to bolts on the underside of the toilet. The left nut works itself loose over the course of a few days of normal use. I can tighten it again but a few days later, the seat is back to wiggling around from the loose connection.

How do I get this arrangement to stay tight?

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    spill some soda pop on it, like 7UP; should seize it right up once dry, as i discovered accidentally one time... – dandavis Nov 2 '18 at 20:50
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Nylon is self-lubricating. Even when tight it's very slippery against itself. You'll need to increase friction.

It may seem counter-intuitive, but you could apply some PTFE (Teflon) plumbing tape to the bolt threads. Even though PTFE is used as a lubricant, it'll thicken the thread diameter and create resistance to movement. Wrap 3-5 layers on the threads where the nut will rest, in the direction the nut tightens (clockwise from the end of the bolt).

You could also replace the nuts with brass or aluminum. They'll grab the bolt more aggressively. Be sure to use soft washers against the porcelain surface to prevent damage.

One other thing that can help is to reduce slide movement of the seat on the bowl. Install rubber washers under the seat bolts to create some grip.

  • I have even used sandwich bag plastic to tighten the threads it did help.+ – Ed Beal Nov 2 '18 at 16:52
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    What about using locktite thread sealant? – noybman Nov 2 '18 at 17:34
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    I'm not sure if it works on plastic, but sure. I'd use the removable version of whichever brand. – isherwood Nov 2 '18 at 18:00
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    @noybman Don't use loctite if you might want to remove the seat sometime in future. You can't use a wrench on plastic parts without destroying them! These things are intended to be only finger-tight. – alephzero Nov 3 '18 at 15:17
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    Loctite 222 or 221 are low strength, removable thread lockers and should be fine on nylon. – Tom O'Connor Nov 4 '18 at 14:03
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It is likely that the plastic nut (or bolt it screws to) is stripped. It may feel like it is tightening, but works loose because the threads are damaged. You should grab a set of replacement toilet seat bolts at the plumbing shop, they are (fairly) universal and come in a set of two. You do need to tighten rather firmly, but it is easy to damage plastic threads by overtightening.

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Buy a set of new bolts and replace the bad set.

The one that loosens is stripped or contaminated or manufactured poorly.

Make sure everything is squeaky clean before reinstalling the seat with the new bolts.

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If nothing is damaged, get a second nut of the same thread (not necessarily a wingnut). Tighten the existing nut, then while holding that, tighten the second against it until they jam together. This works well with nylon nuts, but use too much force and you'll strip the thread.

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Duct tape wrapping it all or the tightest possible after the bolt on the free part of the thread.

  • Hello again. Are you sure duct tape would work well? It doesn't seem likely to be durable and to not slip over time. – Daniel Griscom Nov 7 '18 at 1:27
  • I can't be 100% sure because I have never used duct tape for your propose. But have used duct tape for a lot, lot more with good results included a cronic motorcycle thread losen (because of excessive vibration). With good results over time. But they are steel threads and nuts. – pestevao Nov 15 '18 at 10:39

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