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Old 09-28-2011, 12:26 PM   #1
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I recently bought a new bronze-look metal handle for one of our Mansfield toilets. Seemed like a simple r&r operation to swap them out. Aside from the new handle sticking out further away from the tank, now the toilet requires holding down the handle to complete the flushing. The guy at Lowe's suggested that the brass rod from the new handle weighs more the normal Mansfield plastic rod, and this is probably what's causing the the tower to descend faster. Any suggestions?

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Old 09-29-2011, 08:33 AM   #2
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Have you tried adjusting the flapper valve chain (might need to be a bit shorter)?

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No chain here. A plastic rod from the handle lifts the flush valve.
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Are you able to adjust that or change the flush valve to a chain driven one?
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LOL! Yes, I suppose I could - I understand I could adapt a FluidMaster flapper valve. But.... See, this is how it starts. I was just making a cosmetic change - a bronze-colored handle. Now, we're talking about replacing the tower valve. ;-)

I'd really rather find a solution to use this handle - just not sure if it's really the "extra weight of the handle" that's causing the the tower to close earlier than before.
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Call Mansfield and order an OEM handle:
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Bob - great minds, and all that!

I contacted Mansfield last week, and got this prompt reply:
"The Lowes associate could be correct about the weight and also the bend, is it possible you can straighten the rod, then you would probably have to cut some of it off as it will be so long. That would be the only way you might get it to work but then if it is the weight there would be nothing you can do but switch back to original lever and it does not come in bronze color, but the universal for this tank does come in Sicilian bronze, it would be model 55 SB and Lowes could order this one in for you, they can order anything from Mansfield product line."

I went ahead and straightened out the two 90 degree bends, then cut the end of the rod off. Not perfect, but works much better now.
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Glad to hear you are now happier than you were.

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