Retighten a Toilet Handle

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Below is a short routine to help tighten the operation of a toilet handle, giving it a new lease of life.

The humble toilet handle is surely one of the most taken for granted bits of kit that we use during our lifetime. They are used many millions of times worldwide and probably thousands in our own homes. It is inevitable that they will become very tired and in a lot of cases actually give up the ghost and fail completely. A Kilburn Plumber is qualified to carry out all plumbing work. Lets take a handle that is just about ready to fail and try and give a new start. Because it is tired it will affect the flushing action, frustrating everyone who comes to use it.

A Kilburn Plumbers can fit a new handle. Firstly turn off the water supply to the toilet by turning the shut-off valve handle clockwise. Close the toilet seat, empty the cistern by flushing the water away. Then, you remove the cistern or tank. Try not to crack it as it is quite expensive to replace. Find the metal nut that sits directly behind the toilet handle inside the tank. The lever shaft is reverse-threaded and features a plastic washer held in place by the nut. Reverse threads prevent loosening with time and operation because it moves in the same direction as the threads. Use an adjustable wrench to tighten the nut until snug. Do not use too much force as this can crack the tank and as stated before this is a very expensive mistake. Now try the handle by pressing down and adjust as required for the optimum operation. Turn the water back on and check the job. Test flush as required.

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