First up, you must remove your toilet tank’s lid so that you can access the working parts inside of it. Make sure to place it well away from the toilet itself. This will eliminate the risk of you accidentally stepping back and onto the tank lid.
Which when you consider it is made of porcelain, wouldn’t end well. Before you place it in a safe place, scope out the make and model of your toilet on the inside of the tank lid. This will be vital information for buying the right replacement toilet handle.
For obvious reasons, turning off your toilet’s water supply is the next essential step. To shut off the water supply to your toilet, find the water-supply valve that will be fixed to the wall. If you don’t know it already, every tradesman from here to Khatmandu knows that “right is tight” and left is loose”.
So, using that industry knowledge bomb, turn the water supply valve to the right. Doing this may seem like an excessive step, but it will ensure you a dry work area to work in and no chance of a flooding event.
If you aren’t quite sure what the flapper looks like or where it is, it is located on the tank bottom, circular in shape, and is essentially a rubber valve. Go ahead and pull the flapper chain up so that the water in the tank flushes down your toilet.
Once the toilet tank is empty, it is time to release the clip of the same chain that you just used to internally flush your toilet. The chain clip is the part that attaches the flapper to the toilet handle. Find the end of the lever where the chain is clasped and undo it.
The next step is to remove the mounting nut. The mounting nut is the part that fixes the toilet handle to the inside of the toilet. You are likely going to need a pair of pliers for this step, because, chances are, your toilet handle’s mounting nut hasn’t been moved in a while.