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Old 08-03-2011, 05:04 PM   #1
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A little while ago I noticed the plastic toilet flush lever had broken so the toilet wouldn't flush without pulling up the flapper. I bought another flush lever but after installing it I found that the lever would rub against the tank and get stuck in the "up" position. I cut the plastic lever down to the point where it doesn't get stuck from rubbing against the body of the tank, but now it gets stuck against the lid of the tank. If I remove the lid after flushing, the lever falls down and everything works. Did I buy the wrong flush lever? I can post a photo if that would help.

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Old 08-03-2011, 05:14 PM   #2
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Going to have to replace it with another, I prefer the metal ones for just his reason......you can put a little bend in them if need be.

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A little while ago I noticed the plastic toilet flush lever had broken so the toilet wouldn't flush without pulling up the flapper. I bought another flush lever but after installing it I found that the lever would rub against the tank and get stuck in the "up" position. I cut the plastic lever down to the point where it doesn't get stuck from rubbing against the body of the tank, but now it gets stuck against the lid of the tank. If I remove the lid after flushing, the lever falls down and everything works. Did I buy the wrong flush lever? I can post a photo if that would help.
These mechanisms have varied shapes and sizes. You can't always get the, "universal" fit. Best to just get the replacement from the manufacturer.
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The manufacturer of the toilet? How do I figure out who that was?
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The manufacturer of the toilet? How do I figure out who that was?
Take the lid off the tank and look inside for a make and model. Major manufacturers like Kohler and American Standard will also have the information on the bowl behind the seat.
If the name isn't on the toilet, take the broken piece(original piece) to a Plumbing Supply place and show it to him. Or take a picture of your toilet with you. An experienced counter guy should be able to hook you up to the correct piece for your unit.
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Ron, you left off Elgier. As to the OP, you can usually move the lever and tighten the nut to hold.
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Thanks Ron, it's American Standard. So I should be able to go to Walmart and get a replacement metal American Standard flush lever that will work without problems?

Greg, I tried messing with the lever and nut to no avail.
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Find a real hardware store.
Still seems to me that the "generic" one with a metal rod as opposed to plastic would work for you since the problem was the new rod scraping the inside of the tank and the metal rod can be bent slightly to clear the tank side. Though yes....in some instances the manufacturer replacement part can't be beat.
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Thanks Ron, it's American Standard. So I should be able to go to Walmart and get a replacement metal American Standard flush lever that will work without problems?
You can try Walmart.
Since it's an American Standard, the model number will be in the tank.
You can tell the guy which model you have. Or look on the package to see if it fits.
You can order the part online with the model #
My advice was to go to a plumbing supply store with the info.
There are many solutions.
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Wow. I got one stated to work with American Standard at Home Depot and it's angled too far the other way. It hits the floater when flushed. I could have gotten the American Standard plastic one or a universal metal one and I made the wrong choice. I guess I'll just get a metal one and bend it as necessary.
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diyrocks, you should not have to bend anything. It is most likely the assembly with your float needs to be turned. Get the lever for your brand of toilet.
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Wow. I got one stated to work with American Standard at Home Depot and it's angled too far the other way. It hits the floater when flushed. I could have gotten the American Standard plastic one or a universal metal one and I made the wrong choice. I guess I'll just get a metal one and bend it as necessary.
All American Standard toilets do not take the same lever.
Good luck with this. I'm sure you'll eventually get the correct piece.
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It is most likely the assembly with your float needs to be turned.
Bingo! I didn't realize I could turn the thing. Thanks to everyone for your help with this.

Everything is working great except the flush doesn't have as much "power" as I'd like. Can I do anything to increase the flush power?

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Adjust the chain, so that it is not so loose.
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Adjust the chain, so that it is not so loose.
I just tried that but if I make the chain 1 link shorter, the flapper won't seal.

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