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Question DetailsAsked on 3/15/2015

Need handyman for small jobs

need handyman to remove & install a toilet seat on a Kohler low boy toilet.
The toilet is a one piece unit & bolts are anchored to the inside.

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Aren't you glad you overpaid so much for a toilet with such a lousy design ?

Your Search the List category you asked for is Handymen. This could also be done by a Plumber, but of course higher minimum charge - but he is probably a lot less likely to break the toilet becausehe has maybe done it before on similar models, so I would go with the plumber for probably about $100-175 except more in very high-priced urban areas - but be prepared for some to just laugh and hang up when you say one-piece Kohler toilet, because the seat mounting is a PITA.

The seats have a flip-up cover "hatch" on each side over the bolts, which go down through the toilet ceramic either in anchors like drywall anchors, or to nuts up under the front of the tank inside the tank, depending on model. If you can get the screws to back out, you are good to go - remove them, put new seat on, then put new screws in, holding the nuts inside the tank if nutted type.

The fun is if the anchors will not come out - here are some links and video on how to do it - more if you google this search phrase - change seat on Kohler one-piece toilet

Note that is you are needing new screws, a lot of the comments on the web say if you complain loudly to Kohler customer service they will cut half off the price of the screw and anchor and removal tool kit to about $25 instead of near $50 - so evidently (an rightly) they have gotten a lot of flack about this.

Note also the comments about third-party bolt kits that some say workk better and don't loosen up so easily.

This is almost as bad as the - let's see, was it Regal a few decades ago - toilets where the seat bolts were nylon-insert lock-nutted on the bottom of the toilet - so you had to take the toilet off the flange and flip it on its side to change the seat ! Those designers must have moved to Kohler - or maybe Kohler bought that company out and kept the staff.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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