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Use deep sockets and not a wrench. Place flat head screwdriver on the top screw for resistance, while tightening or loosening the bolt at bottom with the deep socket and wrench.

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Usually there are plastic caps that snap down over the bolt head.
Shut toilet lid and get down close with a flashlight.

Seat attaches in two places.
Reach underneath and you can feel two bolts with nuts.
You don't need to see them, just feel with your hand.

The bolt head is covered with a plastic cover.
The cover is added for aesthetic purpose only.
Use small screwdriver or fingernail file or nail or scissors to pry up the cover and reveal bolt head.

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The caps are at the back of the toilet seat. Just under the cap cover are the bolts. You will need a meduim sized flat screw driver. Hold the nut on the bottom and use the screw driver to tighten.

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