How to Fix a Broken Toilet Handle


How to fix a broken toilet handle or to replace a toilet tank flush lever with a higher quality handle.

How to replace the toilet tank flush lever.How to fix a broken toilet handle or to replace a toilet tank flush lever with a higher quality handle.

Our toilet handle broke. I'll blame it on my children because both are obsessed with flushing the toilet. Of course, it was probably one of us adults who actually did it. That's usually how it works right?

I was a bit nervous about replacing it ourselves, but it ended up being a very simple project that was cheap to do. Of course, I procrastinated this a bit and we were manually flushing the toilet by reaching into the toilet and lifting up the lever ourselves for about a week.

Supplies Needed:

We purchased a (affiliate link) Toilet Tank Flush Lever (aka a 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.

Instructions for How to Replace the Toilet Handle

1. Remove the old handle and inner lever. The plastic piece that you can see in the picture actually unscrews. If it won't unscrew for you, try unscrewing the opposite direction. The picture on the right shows what the toilet front looks like without the handle on.

2. Now you'll need to take out your new handle and screw it on. Push your lever into hole on the back side of the handle.

3. Once you screw it altogether, you'll need to 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.

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. Sorry for awkward videography. I was trying not to drop my phone in the toilet. Ha.

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DIY Danielle: How to Fix a Broken Toilet Handle
How to Fix a Broken Toilet Handle
How to fix a broken toilet handle or to replace a toilet tank flush lever with a higher quality handle.
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