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More Minor Toilet Repairs With Mr. Plunger

Updated on March 12, 2014

Toilet Problems :Making Minor Adjustments.


Lets get back to the toilet problems and lets make some minor adjustments together..shall we?

Many common toilet problems can be fixed by making minor adjustments to the handle and the attached lift chains. ( You may call it lift wires too ). If the handle sticks or is to hard to push..lets examine that. First, remove the tank cover and clean the handle mounting nut. Make sure the lift chain is straight. If the toilet will not flush completely unless the handle is held down, you may need to remove excess slack in the lift chain.

If the toilet will not flush at all, the lift chain may be broken or may need to be reattached to the handle lever. Now, a continuously running toilet can be caused by a bent lift chain, kinks in a lift a chain, or even lime build-up on the handle mounting nut. Clean and adjust the handle and the lift chain to fix the problem.

Mr Plunger.. What types of tools will I need?

Good question. Here’s everything you’ll need to make those minor adjustments. Tools: Adjustable wrench, needlenose pliers, screwdriver, small wire brush. And of course the cleaning solution.. Get ready for this...VINEGAR! Yes vinegar.

Mr. Plunger.. How do I adjust a toilet handle and Lift chain?

Another Good question: Here goes......

Clean and adjust handle mounting nut so handle operates smoothly. Mounting nut has reversed threads. Loosen nut by turning clockwise; tighten by turning counterclockwise. Remove lime buildup by scrubbing handle parts with a brush dipped in vinegar.

Adjust lift chain so it hangs straight from handle lever, with about a half inch of slack. Remove excess slack in chain by hooking the chain in a different hole in the handle lever, or by removing links with your needlenose pliers. ( Note ) A broken lift chain must be replaced.

So... that concludes this installment of making minor adjustments to your many common toilet problems. Mr Plunger says.. Happy Flushing....

© 2011 Frank Atanacio


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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      LOL thanks sweetie for stopping by my fix it hub :) LOL

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      sweetie2 5 years ago from Delhi

      My dad has all the tools which any plumber or an electriction might dream off yet he never even repaired a leaking tap and we always have to call plumber for it.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      wow Peggy I so forgot about these I think I did them last year I dont remember...:)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      There are many people who will appreciate learning these easy plumbing repair tips. If you have any more...please feel free to share. Up and useful votes.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks toknow

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      toknowinfo 5 years ago

      Thanks for these great tips. I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge. It comes in handy, with your many useful and practical tips.

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      PoweroftheCross 6 years ago from Above and Beyond...

      I love this post. Three cheers for Mr. Plunger and his handy dandy tips and lessons. Very imaginative post. Voted up because I love this toilet fixer coach idea.

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I have Mr. Plunger's sitting in my bathrooms as the low flow toliets seem to back up more often