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How to Change a Toilet Flush Handle

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A badly worn toilet flush handle looks unsightly, can be unhygienic, with cracks collecting germs and becomes tough to properly clean. Replacing it will give your toilet a refreshed look and our step-by-step guide will help you do this job quickly.

Step 1

Unscrew Retaining Screw

Unscrew Retaining Screw

Remove the cistern lid and place it aside in a safe place. Unscrew the retaining screw on the syphon actuation lever (the back of the toilet flush handle) and unhook the wire connector.

Step 2

Remove Plastic Retaining Nut

Remove Plastic Retaining Nut

Hold the handle in one hand while loosening the retaining plastic nut with an adjustable wrench, then remove the nut.

Step 3

Remove Handle

Remove Handle

Remove the old flush handle, lever and wire connector.

Step 4

Insert New Handle

Insert New Handle

Hook the wire connector onto the lever and pull it upwards slightly to tension the syphoning mechanism. Insert the new handle through the toilet and holding the handle at the correct flush start position, push the square axle into the lever. Tighten the lever retaining screw and the handle retaining nut.

Step 5

Test New Handle

Test New Handle

Replace the cistern lid and check that the toilet flushes correctly, and that the handle is in the correct position.