How to Replace the Chain in a Toilet

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The chain in the back of a toilet can be replaced using only a pair of pliers. Replace your toilet chain with the help of a professional contractor in this free video.

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Hello, my name is Joshua Clement with Lighty Contractors, and today we will be discussing how to replace the chain in the back of the toilet. When replacing the chain in the back of a toilet tank, you are going to need a tool. The only tool is a standard pair of pliers. First thing you want to do is shut off the water to the toilet, usually located on one of the sides of the toilet. Then you are going to flush to allow all the water to drain out of the back of the tank. Now, we are going to take the lid to the back of the tank off. Your chain is connected to your handle. Take your standard pair of pliers and go ahead and bend the piece of metal that connects it to the handle. Now that that's done, you want to go to the two wings on the sides of the flappers and simply pull it off. Here's our flapper and here's the chain we are going to be replacing. Take your pliers go to the last link connected to the flapper and go ahead and just bend it out a little bit. There's your old chain. Here's our new chain. We are going to bend the last link out with a pair of pliers. Slip it over the link on the flapper and bend it back. We are going to go ahead and put it back into the back of the tank. The first thing you want to do is go ahead and attach the wings to the overflow valve. As you do this be gentle making sure not to disturb anything that's already set in the back of the toilet. Reattach the chain to the handle. And that's all there is to it. Now turn your water back on and you are done. I'm Joshua with Lighty Contractors, and that's how you replace the chain in the back of the toilet tank.

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