How to Replace Toilet Handles How to Replace Toilet Handles

What You'll Need
New toilet flushing handle
Adjustable spanner

Replacing toilet handles is not a particularly complicated job. It should not take a long time, but having a plumber fix the problem will still cost a lot more than you need to spend. You may be surprised by just how quick and easy the job is to complete yourself. Replacing the toilet handle will need to be done if the existing one is damaged. Since it is a small and normally cheap component, attempting to repair one is usually pointless, if it is even possible. Alternatively, you may want to change the toilet handle to help update the style of your bathroom. Replacing the toilet handle can make a considerable difference and you certainly don’t need to replace the whole toilet!

Step 1 – Preparations

If you can empty the tank of the toilet, it may make working with it easier. Before you begin, turn off the water supply on the pipe leading to the toilet tank. If the handle still works, flush the toilet and the tank will empty. It will not refill since you have turned off the water supply to the toilet.

Step 2 – Remove the Old Toilet Handle

To start removing the old handle, first remove the cover from the toilet tank. The top cover of the toilet tank will normally rest over the top of the tank, fitting onto it. It is not usually attached to the actual tank so it should be easy to simply lift off and put aside. Unhook the chain from the old handle. Locate the nut which attaches the flush handle to the inside of the tank. This will be a reverse thread. In order to loosen it, you will need to use an adjustable spanner and turn it clockwise to loosen it. The flush handle should be easy to remove in this manner. Carefully take it off.

Step 3 – Install the New Handle

Toilet handles typically come in standard sizes. If you want to get something the same or similar to your existing flush handle, you may want to take the old one into the DIY store to use as a guide. There are various lengths, styles and sizes available. If you are replacing the toilet handle to update the look of your bathroom, you will probably want to go for something that matches the rest of the fittings in the room. For example, if the bathroom has brass fittings, you will probably want to go for a brass toilet handle. To install the new handle, simply install it in the same manner as the old one was. Put the handle in place and turn the nut in the counterclockwise direction. Reattach the chain to your new toilet flush handle. Carefully replace the tank cover back onto the toilet. Remember to turn the water supply back on before continuing. The toilet should now work as intended.

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