How to Replace a Briggs Toilet Seat

A Briggs manufactured toilet, like any other toilet, may one day need a new seat.
The seat on a toilet will often wear out and look old long before the rest of the toilet fails. A Briggs toilet seat is attached to the toilet in the same way as most other toilets, with two screws that go through the back of the bowl towards the bottom of the tank. A new toilet seat can be purchased for as little as $10 (as of 2010) and will take as little as 10 minutes to install.

Step 1

Pry the tops off the two plastic hinges in back of the seat with a screwdriver to reveal the screws underneath.

Step 2

Secure the nuts underneath the toilet one at a time, then use a screwdriver to unfasten the screws from the top of the toilet. If the nuts are really tight, use a pair of channel locks to keep the nuts in place while the screws are turned.

Step 3

Lift off the old toilet seat and remove the old adhesive patches around the holes. If necessary, employ a putty knife to remove the adhesive patches. Use mineral spirits on an old rag to insure the area is completely clean.

Step 4

Remove the backing off the square pads that came with the new seat and stick the pads over the holes on the toilet.

Step 5

Place the toilet seat so the hinges are positioned over the holes on the toilet.

Step 6

Secure the nuts one at a time under the toilet. Insert each screw through a hole in the top of the toilet and through a hinge, then tighten with a screwdriver. Snap the tops of the hinges into place so they cover the screws.

Things You Will Need

  • Standard toilet seat
  • Channel lock pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Putty knife
  • Mineral spirits
  • Old rag

About the Author

Damon Koch has years of writing experience ranging from software manuals to song lyrics. His writing has appeared in software manuals for Human Arc and on the CDs "Small Craft Advisory" and "Impersonating Jesus." He also has worked in building maintenance since 2004. He has attended Lorain County Community College as well as Cleveland State University.