A Homeowner's Guide To Replacing A Toilet Handle

Posted on: 29 June 2016

Toilets, compared to more trouble prone plumbing fixtures such as faucets, don't generally need a ton of maintenance. Yet as the years go on, certain parts of a toilet are liable to break, degrade, or become worn out through use. If you would like to improve your knowledge of how to perform simple toilet maintenance tasks, read on. This article will teach you how to replace an old or broken toilet handle with a new one.  

Getting Ready For The Job

Installing a new toilet handle is hardly rocket science. But if you want your toilet to come out looking just as pearly and white as when you began, it pays to take a few preliminary precautions. Start by laying out a towel to place the toilet lid on once you've removed it.

Now take a look inside of the tank. You should see the model number printed on the sidewall; this will be valuable information to have with you when purchasing a new handle at the home improvement store.

Getting The Old Handle Off

Begin by detaching the chain that runs from the inside of the handle to the flapper at the bottom of the tank. This chain is held to the handle by means of a small metal clip. Take note of which hole on the toilet handle this clip is attached to. You'll want to make sure to reattach the chain to the same hole on your new handle, in order to ensure the chain is neither too short nor too long.

Now move on to removing the handle itself. To do this you'll need an adjustable wrench. Use this to remove the threaded nut affixing the handle to the tank. Take note that this nut does not threaded off in the standard direction--i.e. counterclockwise. Rather it is reverse threaded, meaning that you will need to loosen it by turning in a clockwise direction.

There's a good chance that you'll find that the this nut refusing to budge. If so, you're likely dealing with some degree of corrosion. Squirt the nut with penetrating oil and allow it a couple of minutes to seep in. Not only will this make the nut easier to work loose, but it will reduce the likelihood of unintentionally damaging the wall of your tank in the process.

Installing The New Handle

Removing the old handle represents about ninety percent of the work you'll have to do. To get your new handle in place, simply reverse the steps taken in the removal process. Before you install the nut, however, smear a little bit of waterproof grease on the bolt. This will make tightening the nut easier, while also ensuring that, when the time comes for a new handle, you won't have too hard a time removing your old one. 

For further assistance, contact a local plumbing service.

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