We had a broken toilet handle. I walked into our bathroom one day and it was falling off the toilet… the handle needed to be replaced. Did my kids flush too hard in their obsession with repeatedly watching the toilet flushing magic? Did my husband accidentally abuse his strength when he was flushing one day? I don’t know.
All I know is that it wasn’t me. Probably not.
I was a bit nervous about replacing it ourselves because yikes, DIY plumbing, but I wanted to give it a try because I’ve done one or two other small plumbing jobs and it’s often easy. It ended up being a very simple project that was cheap to do.
While you’re waiting to fix the handle, you can manually flush the toilet by reaching into the toilet and lifting up the lever yourself. It’s a pain, but it can be done if you don’t have a replacement lever yet.
Here’s how to replace the handle.
Supplies to Fix a Toilet Handle
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- Toilet Tank Flush Lever (aka a toilet handle and lever)
- Basic tool kit
How to Fix a Broken Toilet Handle
The handle and the bar inside are all connected. These are sold together. As you can see in the photo below, the bar inside the toilet that connects to my handle was also broken.
Step 2. Take out your new handle and screw it on.
Push your lever into the hole on the back side of the handle.
Step 3. Once you screw it altogether, attach the bar to the chain that connects to the plastic piece that blocks the water from draining all the time.
You don’t want this to be too tight (water will drain constantly) or too loose (won’t flush easily).
I managed to get the adjustment right the first time, but you can easily adjust if you don’t. My chain had a small clip that clipped into the hole in my lever.
Step 4. Give your new toilet handle a test run. If you don’t hear water draining all the time and the toilet flushes easily, you’ve got it right!
Below is a video demonstrating the process of replacing the toilet handle. Sorry for awkward videography. I was trying not to drop my phone in the toilet. Ha.
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Replace a broken toilet tank flush lever with a higher quality handle with these simple tips.
- Toilet Tank Flush Lever
- Basic tool kit
- Remove the old handle and inner lever.
- Take out your new handle and screw it on.
- Push your lever into the hole on the back side of the handle.
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Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
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