Help Removing Tank From Bowl....

Old 02-09-08, 09:24 PM
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Help Removing Tank From Bowl....

I've learned there is a huge difference between how things should go on paper; and how they really go in real life...especially when it comes to plumbing.

On paper - I have two bolts in my tank that are attached to my base/bowl. I should remove those and lift the tank off.

In real life - the bolts and nuts have morphed into one single, giant, piece of rust! I've tried, REALLY HARD, to get em off...but no luck. If I turn the top of the bolt or the nut at the bottom - they both will spin without any trouble. If I try to hold the bolt with a socket wrench - no matter how hard I push down with a screwdriver, I just slip off the bolt. I managed to get one full turn on one of them - but it doesn't get any easier and I'm stripping the head of the bolt.

I tried using a hack saw between the bowl and the tank - thinking I could just cut through the screw but my hack saw still doesn't fit. I tried; but it just didn't work.

I don't know what else to do....

I'm thinking I could remove the whole toilet and replace it for ~$80-90 dollars but I'd have trouble fitting it in my car, so I might have to rent a truck.

Does anyone have any tips or advice for me?
Old 02-10-08, 05:55 AM
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I would probably go after one end or the other with a small wheel on a rotary tool like a Dremel ... kind of like grinding away the head of a rivet.
Old 02-10-08, 07:42 AM
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Or use a nut-cracking tool if it will fit. Avail from most auto parts/hardware stores.

Something like this.,.../selectZip.htm
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Hi, This is how I do That. Put vicegrips on the bolt to keep it from spinning then start with a 1/8 drill bit, drill into the center of the slotted head work up to about 5/16 or 3/8 the bolt will fall out when you drill the head off.
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Sawzall or just a hack saw blade inserted between the bowl and tank, Its a little harder without the hack saw handle but it will work. you can also cut the nut from the bottom with a Dremel .
Old 02-13-08, 03:55 AM
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One more suggestion to keep mechanical stuff from bumping the porcelain, use your hack saw blade and tape up one end up about 3" with a good amount of electrical tape. Use that for your handle and insert the blade in the crack and have at it. The brass on the bolt should cut easily.

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