Repairing Flush Handle in a Toilet

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The American Standard toilet handle is installed at an angle. Learn more insider tips for to repair a toilet in these free bathroom repair videos from a hardware expert.

Part of the Video Series: How to Repair a Toilet
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Something else that can go wrong with the toilet is the flush handle. Either the plastic guard rim or the metal arm can break; the handle can fall off, and separate where they're pressed together. The most important thing you have to know about changing the flush handle is that some toilets; this particular American Standard toilet has a flush handle with a twenty eight degree arm. Most toilets, or a lot of toilets have a square tank, so that the handle would be straight; not going in at an angle and that would be this kind of a flush handle. Now here's the thing you need to know. This is the only left-handed nut in your house. Normally, when I turn something counter-clockwise I unscrew it, but as you can see, this nut is tightening. Well, if I was trying to undo it with these pair of channel locks, and I was reefing on it, I'd be pinching on the tank, and a chance of me breaking the china. So, it's often a good idea to have the new flush handle with you, so you can see which way you're going to turn the nut, so that when you go to take the flush handle off, you don't go the wrong way the first time. You can see which way you're going to go, and you can take it off without hurting it.

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