Toilet floor bolt is loose

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Old 03-03-10, 10:01 AM
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Toilet floor bolt is loose

One of the floor bolts on my toilet is loose and needs to be tightened. I am assuming the cap needs to be removed to get to the bolt. Is that correct? It seems hard to get it off so I just wanted to make sure you need to remove it.
I tried to tighten it with the cap on, but it just turns.
Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks
 
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Old 03-03-10, 11:06 AM
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Yes..the cap needs to be removed. They snap onto another piece that is UNDER the nut..so use a bit of care and just the tip of a screwdriver under the edge. Most have a little slot somewhere....
 
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Old 03-03-10, 02:05 PM
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Older caps, especially ceramic ones, were just filled with plumber's putty and pushed over the stud. Over time the plumber's putty can harden making them difficult to remove. Honestly I would use as much force as necessary being sure if something broke it was the caps. Caps are cheap. As last resort I would intentionally break the cap.

My guess is you will find the stud rusted off or the flange broken. That will mean removing the toilet.
 
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Simply remove the small plastic bolt caps at the base of your toilet (they will be on each side, and can be pried off with a small screwdriver). You’ll see a nut, and it should be unmovable with your fingers. If either of these nuts is moving, tighten them down with a socket wrench.
 
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