How to Replace a Toilet Flush Lever

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How to Replace a Toilet Flush Lever
Replace yoru toilet flush lever to keep your toilet operating at its best. (Toilet bowl and bidet in a toilet image by terex from Fotolia.com)

When you flush a toilet lever, a lot of magic happens behind the scenes. OK, maybe not necessarily magic, but that simple flush of a handle can help get rid of anything that might be lurking down below in the bowl. That's because the handle is connected by a chain to the flapper. Pressing down on the handle lifts up the chain, which raises the flapper and flushes the toilet. Replacing a toilet flush lever takes only a few minutes to perform.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Towel
  • Duct tape
  • Small wrench
  • New toilet lever
  • Silicone grease

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the towel on the bathroom floor. Remove the top of the toilet tank and set it on the towel. Look inside the toilet and locate the flush lever rod, the long, thin piece of metal that runs out of the back of the handle and across the tank. Unhook the chain hanging from the end of the handle. Tape it to the top of the tank with a piece of duct tape.

  2. 2

    Hold the handle on the outside of the tank with your hand. With the other hand, use a wrench to loosen the nut on the inside of the handle inside the tank. This may be difficult with a larger wrench, so use a smaller one, if possible. Remove the nut and the washer behind it by threading it off the handle and over the rod.

  3. 3

    Pull the handle off the front of the tank, threading the rod through the hole as you do so. You may need to manoeuvre the rod and handle back and forth in order to slip it out of the hole.

  4. 4

    Unscrew the nut and washer at the back of the new flush lever. Place a few dabs of silicone grease on one side of the new washer.

  5. 5

    Insert the rod into the hole in the front of the toilet and thread it into the tank until the new handle is flush with the front of the tank. Thread the washer (silicone-greased side towards the inside of the tank) and nut over the lever and onto the back of the handle. Thread the nut on with your fingers, then finish tightening with the wrench. Hold the handle in place as you tighten.

  6. 6

    Connect the chain back to the end of the flush lever by threading the hook through the hole at the end of the rod.

  7. 7

    Replace the top of the tank.

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