How to measure for a toilet seat

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How to measure for a toilet seat
(S Faloon)

The toilet seat has become a wiggly, chipped or torn eyesore. It is definitely time for a new one. You drive for an hour to your local hardware, discount or building supply store and pick up a new one. You get out the tool box and remove the old sit upon which is when you discover you that there is more than one standard size in toilet seats on the market. You bought the wrong size seat replacement. Measure the toilet seat before you go shopping for a new one.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pad and pen

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  1. 1

    Measure from post hole to post hole at the back of the seat area. The standard measurement is 5 and 1/2 inches between the holes.

  2. 2

    Hold the measuring tape at the centre front of the toilet bowl and stretch it to the centre of the hinges between the post holes. Record the measurement.

  3. 3

    Write down that a round seat is needed for approximately a 16 and 1/2 inch measurement.

  4. 4

    Write down that an elongated toilet seat is needed to cover the area of approximately an 18-inch measurement.

  5. 5

    Place the note pad with your measurements into your pocket or purse to have it ready for your trip to the store.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure to read the measurements on the box for a new toilet seat at the store.

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