In the case of the downstairs toilet, all the "toilet guts" needed to be replaced, so I had to remove the tank to get to the seal below the flush valve. Two of the three bolts weren't too bad; the last was both in a horrible location (so close to the washbasin that I could barely get to it), and also simply refused to work free properly (partially because I had poor leverage and little room to work). I finally decided I was going to have to cut it.
No room for anything reasonable, so I took it in parts. I first cut out the rubber seal on the inside of the tank, to let the bolt drop down a bit and give me something to work with. Then I started with survival-style wire saws...I didn't have enough room to get in there properly with anything better (I finally thought of maybe using a dremel saw last night, and that would have been my next step, but things worked out today).
Nine wire saws later, you see the results. In Amazon purchases, it was five...I used one on it last week, which eventually frayed and broke, but I could tell it had done some damage. So I bought four more when I got home. I went through all those tonight, and could tell I'd done some damage; the bolt was more than 50% cut through. I had enough room now to get at the washer sitting above the nut; I worked on it with some pliers for about 5 minutes, and eventually tore it free. Now I've got even more room!
I've nothing left to use on it, though...or do I? I monkeyed around with the saw on one of my Leathermans, but no room really to get to it. Then, an epiphany...the wire survival saws were all about 24 inches long, so there was enough wire on each to re-tie them to one of the handles and reuse the longer side of the wire! So four more wire saw uses brought me to just a nub of metal holding the bolt together. I reached in with needle nose pliers, started wriggling things back and forth...and the shaft bent. And then broke. Success!!
I love pitting my stubbornness against inanimate objects and winning. LOL Probably my longest G+ post to date is about this damn bolt, and I'm OK with that.
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