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Old 05-06-2013, 12:17 AM   #1
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Can't remove frozen toilet flush handle


Okay, I thought replacing the flush handle would be a 5 minute job, but when I pulled off the tank lid I found that the nut and bolt threads on the inside of the tank were encrusted with what I'm assuming is limescale (see pic). I wasn't able to loosen it at all. I'm going to try some limescale remover tomorrow, but from what I've read about it, I don't have much hope, seeing as how there's really no way for me to soak the bolt/nut. I can't hacksaw through it (no space/leverage), so if the limescale remover doesn't work, I'm thinking the only options I have left are: 1) reciprocating saw, 2) nut splitter, 3) new toilet tank. Am I missing something obvious?

Btw, we just bought this house, so I have no idea why the flush handle is covered in limescale. Doesn't make sense since it shouldn't have regular contact with water.
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try soaking it down in a lubricant such as wd-40 or knocker-loose. then let it sit overnight, or soak it a couple times. Get a wrench or some channelock pliers and it should come off. I've never NOT been able to get one off, and that one really doesn't look as bad as some i've seen.
BTW, you are aware they are left-hand threaded? (not righty tighty like usual) Just sayin.

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Yep, like Lightfoot said, that will be a reverse thread. Lefty tighty, righty loosey.
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Liquid Wrench would be another solvent possibility.
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try soaking it down in a lubricant such as wd-40 or knocker-loose. then let it sit overnight, or soak it a couple times. Get a wrench or some channelock pliers and it should come off.
Yep, that combination did it. I was using an adjustable wrench before, and it kept slipping. But after I soaked it with wd-40, the channel locks worked fine. Thanks!
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