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Put your toilet seat confusion behind you

 

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Q: This may be a basic question but that’s why we non-plumbers enjoy having you out there. It’s time for me to get a new toilet seat, and I need a little advice before I walk into the home center and start asking for help. I’m confused about what seats fit what toilets, so can you please give me some professional information about toilet seats?

Holly, Florida

A: If you want to walk in there like a pro, keep three things in mind when looking for a replacement toilet seat. First, determine the size of the seat: Measure your present toilet seat from the bolt hole on the seat hinge to the tip of the seat. If you measure about 16-17 inches chances are you need a “round front” style seat. If you measure around 18-19 inches an “elongated” toilet seat should do the job.

Next, know the color: If other than white, find out the color of your present toilet to match your new seat. I’ve seen people take their toilet tank lids with them to the supply house to find the best match.

Finally, get a quality seat. Solid plastic seats with some comfort options can be a long-lasting choice. Options can include anti-slam lids, non-slipping rubber seat bumpers, and quick release hinges for easy cleaning. Newer toilet seats even offer nightlights to help you find the “throne” — and that’s what I really call “shedding some light on the subject”!

Master contractor and plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call” and the host of TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelgcs.com.

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