How to Get the Caps Off Toilet Bolts

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If you are unable to pry the caps off, you may need to break them by squeezing them with a pair of adjustable pliers. A new set of bolt caps can be bought at home improvement and hardware stores for as little as a dollar.

A typical toilet with a bolt on each side.

After years of regular use, the mechanics of a toilet begin to wear out and stop working. If the damage is bad enough, the best solution is to replace the entire toilet. When this happens, the obvious first step is to remove the toilet from the bathroom. Toilets are secured to the floor with two or more bolts that generally have plastic caps to protect them from rusting. Before you can unscrew the bolts, the plastic caps have to be removed.

Step 1

Position a flathead screwdriver between the bolt cap and the base of the toilet.

Step 2

Press down on the handle of the screwdriver to pry off the cap. Work your way around the cap if it doesn't pop off in one try.

Step 3

Repeat the process for all other bolt caps on the toilet. Most toilets have one bolt on each side, but there may be more on the backside of the toilet.


Kenneth Coppens

Kenneth Coppens began his freelance writing career in 2008. His passions in life consist of extensive personal research on food, gardening and finding natural and eco-friendly alternatives to nearly all aspects of life.