How To Replace A Toilet Handle: Steps & Items Needed

Steps And Items Needed To Replace A Toilet Handle

When you flush a toilet, your handle lifts a metal or the plastic rod, that's connected to your tank's drainage mechanism by a chain. If your rod is bent or it is broken, your handle is damaged, & if you simply want to upgrade your hardware, you will need to remove your old handle and your rod and install it with the new ones. This simple bathroom maintenance job requires no special tools or skills & even a novice DIYer can complete it rapidly. If you want to replace a toilet handle by yourself then you just need to collect certain items and follow all the steps mentioned below. Here is the list of required items and steps for this process and also go through some of the tips for this process:

Things Needed For This Process

  • Wrench (optional)
  • New Handle And Rod

Steps For This Process

  1. First of all, you need to remove the lid from your toilet tank & then set it aside, and then you need to locate the chain attached to your rod. Unclip the chain so your rod is free.
  2. Now you need to locate the nut on the inside of your tank where your handle attaches, unscrew it. Threads on this nut are backward, so turn it to the right, or counterclockwise as you look at your handle from outside your tank. If your nut is plastic, so you can also do this by your hand, if your nut is metal, you may need to turn it with the help of a wrench. Remove your nut & set it aside.
  3. Next you need to pull your handle away from the hole in your tank. Your rod will come out with it.
  4. Thread your new rod into your tank through the hole in the side. Now you need to settle your handle in place and screw the nut back on. Next, you need to turn it to the left side or clockwise, as you look at your handle from outside the tank. Only tighten your nut until it is secure, don't overtighten it because this will damage the threads.
  5. Now you need to clip the loose end of your chain onto one of the holes at the end of the new rod. There should be a small amount of slack in your chain & when you push your handle, your chain should pull the flap on the other end straight up.
  6. Flush your toilet as a test to make sure that the chain pulls the flap at the correct angle and your rod has enough space to activate your chain.
  7. If your chain is in the wrong position for either of all these things, unclip it and then you need to attach it to a different hole in your rod. Experiment it until you find the right position.


  1. If you like to drain the tank before you work in it, you can do so by turning your toilet's water shutoff valve to the off position and flushing your toilet.
  2. If you drained your tank before beginning, turn the water back on before you test your mechanism at the end of your job.
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