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How to repair a cracked toilet seat

Updated February 21, 2017

Toilet seats are very durable designs and most of them are made of some type of wooden composite from particle board to solid wood. Even padded seats are just a padded material bound to a wooden seat by either an adhesive formula or stitching. Because of their composition, a cracked toilet seat can be repaired if you so choose, and it can be done without any specialised knowledge and with tools that most any do-it-yourself person would own.

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  1. Remove the toilet seat from the toilet fixture by unscrewing the seat screws with a flat blade screwdriver in a counterclockwise rotation.

  2. Spread the crack slightly and push wood glue inside of it. Many wood glue dispensers have a nozzle built into the container, and by putting the nozzle directly onto the crack, glue can be injected inside. Don't skimp on the glue, and make sure the entire inner surface of the crack is coated.

  3. Squeeze the seat together using your bar clamp, exactly as you would do with any other wood project that is glued together.

  4. Wipe off any excess glue that has been pushed out of the crack from the action of clamping the seat together.

  5. Allow it to dry overnight, then remove the bar clamp and reinstall the toilet seat in reverse order of removal.

  6. Tip

    If you have a different composition of toilet seat other than wood, Crazy Glue can be substituted for wood glue and it will give you much the same result.

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Things You'll Need

  • Wood glue or equivalent
  • Bar clamp
  • Flat blade screwdriver
  • Old rag

About the Author

Dale Yalanovsky has been writing professionally since 1978. He has been published in "Woman's Day," "New Home Journal" and on many do-it-yourself websites. He specializes in do-it-yourself projects, household and auto maintenance and property management. Yalanovsky also writes a bimonthly column that provides home improvement advice.

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