March 11, 2013
After removing the old lever, the new toilet handle is installed by removing the lock nut (this is a reverse threaded nut so as you are facing the thread and lock nut rotate the nut counterclockwise to remove) off the thread and metal arm. Slip the metal arm into the toilet tank hole from outside the tank, being careful not to damage the ceramic while snugly pushing the square frame surrounding the new handle into the hole, and aligning the handle to sit horizontally and parallel to the tank lid. In some cases the lever arm may need to be bent so in cases like these start the bend approximately 1 to 2 inches from the 90 degree bend and slowly bend the tank lever away from the front wall of the tank. (It is always a good idea to use the old tank lever as a template and make your bends prior to inserting the lever into the toilet.) Once the handle is oriented to give an appropriate look from the front of the toilet and allow downward flushing, slip the lock nut through the tank lever arm and tighten the new lock nut from inside the tank to secure the new handle in place. The lock nut is a reverse threaded nut so when tightening the nut(as you are facing the front of the toilet tank) turn it in a clockwise rotation. After that, simply connect the flapper chain to allow just a small amount of slack in the chain so that after the toilet is flushed, the flapper is free to fall completely and fully seal the tank.
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