If you have to replace a toilet's handle, also known as a flush lever, you may be surprised at how simple it is to do. There are several reasons that you might have to replace a toilet handle. It could be for cosmetic reasons, or the old handle might be broken. Once a toilet handle has broken, you might as well replace it because most likely, it can't be repaired.
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Things you need
- New toilet flush handle
- Adjustable wrench
Lift off the cover from the top of the toilet tank and set it in a safe place.
Unhook the side of the chain attached to the old handle, leaving the flush rod side attached.
Remove the nut of the flush handle located inside the toilet tank. To loosen the nut, turn clockwise, since it's a reverse thread.
Take off the old toilet flush handle and discard.
Install the toilet's new flush handle, and remember to turn the nut in a counterclockwise direction, since it's a reverse thread.
Attach the chain onto the new flush handle.
Put the toilet tank cover back onto the tank.
Tips and warnings
- Toilet flush handles are available in various sizes and lengths. When you buy a new one, it is a good idea to take the old one with you to compare and make sure you buy the correct size.
- Many people change the toilet flush handle to make it match their other bathroom fixtures. For example, you might want a brass toilet handle if you have a brass sink fixture.