Here’s my step-by-step photo tutorial for swapping out a toilet lever:
Insert the New Lever: Remove the nut from the new lever and place the lever arm through the hole. Slide the nut back over the arm and tighten it down by hand, remembering again that it’s likely a left-handed thread. Finish tightening with a wrench or pliers, being careful not to tighten too much so as to not crack the porcelain tank.
Reconnect the Chain: Reconnect the chain or rubber strap. If you have a chain, make sure to connect the chain using the same hole as on the old arm, or if you have a strap, make sure to pull the strap through to the same spot. You need the flapper mechanism to be able to fully open and close. If the chain or strap is too loose, the tank won’t fully drain, and if it’s too tight, the flapper may not seal fully, causing the toilet to run continuously.
Test the New Lever: Turn the water supply to the toilet back on, wait for the tank to refill, and, with the tank lid still removed, flush the toilet and observe whether the flapper is able to fully open and close. If not, adjust the length of the chain/strap and test flush again. Once you have determined that the chain/strap is adjusted properly you can replace the tank lid and admire your new toilet lever.
The original white lever never bothered me before, but now that I see our shiny new shark lever I realize how much more personality our toilet can have. It’s like jewelry for the loo! Wow, there’s a statement I never thought I’d make… 😉
Now, I don’t suspect that everyone wants a shark toilet lever, but there are plenty of other options out there – ranging from playful to traditional to modern. And now that I realize it’s such a simple project, I think the other toilets in our house may be getting some dressing with something more like this one made by Danze:
We also got Scott some other birthday gifts that were just for him, but the most fun of his presents was surely the shark toilet lever to allow him share his love of sharks with his boys. Since it wasn’t a gift that we could wrap, I wrote a little poem in his birthday card to lead him in the right direction and put a big bow on the front of the toilet tank.