How to Install a New Toilet Flush Lever

What You'll Need
New toilet flush lever
Adjustable spanner
Silicone grease

A toilet flush lever should not need to be replaced very often. As with anything, however, it can get damaged and need replacing. Attempting to repair it is not likely to be practical. You may also want to replace the existing toilet flush lever to update the appearance of your bathroom. If, for example, you have brass fittings in the rest of your bathroom, then you will probably want to get a brass toilet handle to match. Replacing the toilet flush lever is a quick and easy job, probably far more so than you may have imagined. The job should not take more than a few minutes and is well within reach of the average homeowner. You will also save a decent amount of cash by not having to call out a plumber.

Step 1 – Make Preparations

You may find it more convenient to work with the toilet by emptying the tank first. This might not be possible if the existing handle is broken. If you can still flush the toilet, do so after turning off the water supply to the toilet. This will empty the tank and, because the water supply is disconnected, it will not refill.

Step 2 – Removing the Old Lever

Remove the cover from the top of the toilet tank. The cover should not actually be attached to the toilet so it should be easy to remove. Place it safely on a soft surface such as a towel spread over the floor. Locate the chain inside the tank which connects to the toilet handle and unhook it from the handle. Find the nut and washer on the inside of the tank, holding the handle in place. Holding the toilet handle, remove this nut using an adjustable wrench. Slide the rod of the handle out through the front of the toilet tank to remove it. Dispose of it if you do not need it to determine the replacement handle that you are going to buy.

Step 3 – Install the New Lever

Toilet handles typically use standardized fittings, but make sure that you find one which will fit. Remove the washer and nut from the new toilet handle and slide the rod in through the front of the tank. Place a little silicone grease onto the nut and washer and place them back onto the rod inside the tank. Tighten the nut to fix the new toilet handle in place. Hook the chain back onto the toilet handle in the same manner as it was attached to the old lever. Turn the water supply back on if you needed to turn it off back in step 1. Test the new handle. If it works, replace the cover to the top of the toilet tank. If not, check that the chain is hooked onto the handle and the handle is attached properly. The new toilet lever is properly installed and ready to use.