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Find a proper seat for your toilet

By Ed Del Grande
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Q. It’s time for me to get a new toilet seat, and I need a little advice before I walk into the home center and start asking for help. I’m confused about what seats fit what toilets, so can you please give me some professional information?

A. If you want to walk in there like a pro, keep three things in mind when looking for a replacement toilet seat.

First, determine the size of the seat: Measure your present toilet seat from the bolt hole on the seat hinge to the tip of the seat. If you measure 16-17 inches, chances are you need a “round front” seat. If you measure 18-19 inches, an “elongated” toilet seat should do the job.

Next, know the color: If other than white, find out the color of your present toilet to match your new seat. I’ve seen people take their toilet tank lids with them to the supply house to find the best match.

Finally, get a quality seat: A solid plastic seat with some comfort options can be a long-lasting choice. Options can include anti-slam lids, nonslip rubber seat bumpers, and quick-release hinges for easy cleaning. Newer toilet seats even offer nightlights to help you find the “throne.”

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