If you have trouble with toilet seat fittings read on. Well, we have no end of bother, ours is a solid wood white seat and the chrome fittings are always getting loose or breaking. SOLVED, @Lidl have come up with a new type of seat fitting on their soft closing seat. You secure the seat from the top, not by scrabbling round on your knees as we have been doing since the beginning of time, skinning your fingers on tiny nuts. The new fitting works just like a wall plug, turning the top screws expands a plug and secures the fittings, then you fit the seat on by two pegs that lock, a release switch allows easy removal for cleaning, yet fittings stay in place. 10/10 for design genius. If they're in your store don't miss out. !!!!
I seem to remember (!) that you bought that seat a while ago as a 'spare'. I've been looking for one ever since but so far no joy. I definitely want to get one now, having read your masterly dissertation on this vexing subject @niceguy
Well it certainly sounds as if I was not alone in this problem, its about three weeks since I bought it but the fitting on the existing seat held good until Thursday, but the new lidl method is genius, and if the bolts so break standard bolts from the d.I.y. will replace. Last replacement I did I was thinking this needs redesigning, well at last, might only be a toilet seat but it has been a perranial problem, and neither of us are particularly heavy, I'm under 14 stone and missus under 10. @harryflatters have a brand new set off fittings for a wooden toilet seat still unopened in the bag if you want them, chrome.
I have one soft closer and one not. I've got the hang of my own, but tend to slam the lid down in other people's houses, ,creating an unfortunate noise. Our loos at the hospital are sooo clean nowadays that I actually sat on one. I wanted to mention it at the board meeting, but decided against it, in an unaccustomed attack of propriety and discretion.
Thank you, @niceguy - I have a couple of packs somewhere, which I shall take to France. My mother was obsessed with French lavatories and was often observed bounding down a corridor (no en-suites in those days) saying "you have to come and see this - it's on a dais!" There was a book called The Specialist, about the wooden outside khazis we country folk used to have. There was a 2-holer in this village until not long ago, when some git of a philistine destroyed it, not knowing what it was.
Yes, unfortunate noises from the lavatory are to be avoided at all costs @Duchess You were probably right to hold back at your meeting but it might have livened it up a bit! The soft close mechanism in our main batthroom has lost it's 'friction' a bit which makes it a bit 'hit and miss' as to whether it's downward progress is slowed in time. Fortunately, the one in the 'en suite' is not similarly afflicted!
Update. Not wishing to overtightened and possibly damage the seat or toilet I found that after a month very slight loosening had occurred, press release button,lift off seat, tighten Philips screws ( from above ) replace seat. Less than five mins. No bending or scraping involved - marvellous. @Lidl @harryflatters@Duchess@Sx where you been, not seen you in ages ?