How to replace the flush handle?

While this is easy for many, a few people like me might not know how this simple process is done. One of the most used parts of a toilet is the handle. The handle is also a part that comes into human contact a lot. Any part that involves human contact is prone to mechanical breakdown. Sad but true! Before getting into the how-to, lets understand the parts of the toilet inside.

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Image Courtesy: © 2009 AllPlumbingRepair.com

Last weekend the handle arm broke in my powder room and all hell broke loose. It was almost the end of the world even before the Mayan calendar ended. 😉 Then came Prasi to the rescue. I opened the tank lid and realized the handle arm was hanging but I had to buy the handle and arm together as they were one part. I have done this before with much more difficulty in both my other bathrooms before. Since I was doing it for the 3rd time, I felt more comfortable. I went to my local hardware shop and bought the handle with arm. I could not locate the exact one but I bought one and modified it to work. Here is how it is done.

  • Buy the replacement.
  • Remove the existing handle and arm.
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  • Note that the bolt/nut is turned clockwise unlike the regular unscrew types. This is apparently common in these types. I spent almost 20 minutes trying to tighten the nut.
  • Once the nut is removed, the handle and arm can be replaced without any energy.

There are various Youtube videos and other articles available online. I hope my version with my perspective helps others.

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