How to Replace a Toilet's Handle

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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

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  1. 1

    Lift off the cover from the top of the toilet tank and set it in a safe place.

  2. 2

    Unhook the side of the chain attached to the old handle, leaving the flush rod side attached.

  3. 3

    Remove the nut of the flush handle located inside the toilet tank. To loosen the nut, turn clockwise, since it's a reverse thread.

  4. 4

    Take off the old toilet flush handle and discard.

  5. 5

    Install the toilet's new flush handle, and remember to turn the nut in a counterclockwise direction, since it's a reverse thread.

  6. 6

    Attach the chain onto the new flush handle.

  7. 7

    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.

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