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How to Repair a Stuck Handle on a Toilet

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The flusher handle on my toilet stays down and won’t come back up. How can I fix it? -Dee

Hi Dee,

There’s a small tab on the inside of the handle mechanism that acts as a stop to hold the handle in the upright position. If the tab is worn or broken, the toilet handle won’t stay up.

To fix a toilet handle that won’t come back up when flushed, you’ll need to replace the handle. If you can’t find a handle that fits, you might have to replace the entire handle mechanism.

Different makes and models of toilets vary on how to do this, but generally you will need to:

  • Remove the lid from the tank.
  • Unhook the chain from the handle arm.
  • Unscrew the nut inside the tank that holds the handle mechanism.
  • Pull the handle mechanism out of the tank.
  • Unscrew the handle from the handle mechanism and replace it, or replace the entire handle mechanism.
  • Slide the handle mechanism back in the tank.
  • Screw the nut back on the handle mechanism from inside the tank.
  • Reattach the chain to the handle mechanism.
  • Flush the toilet to see if it works okay.
  • Put the lid back on the tank.

Good luck with your project,

Danny

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