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Toilet Flapper Replacement

  1. Toilet Flapper Replacement, Tank Lid: step 1, image 1 of 3 Toilet Flapper Replacement, Tank Lid: step 1, image 2 of 3 Toilet Flapper Replacement, Tank Lid: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Lift the tank lid up and away from the toilet tank.

  2. Toilet Flapper Replacement, Shutting off the Water Supply to a Toilet: step 2, image 1 of 2 Toilet Flapper Replacement, Shutting off the Water Supply to a Toilet: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Shut off the stop valve underneath the toilet by turning it clockwise until it becomes hand tight.

    • The appearance of this valve may differ from toilet to toilet, but most operate the same. Some valves require multiple turns to stop the water while others only require a quarter turn.

  3. Toilet Flapper Replacement, Draining a Toilet Tank: step 3, image 1 of 2 Toilet Flapper Replacement, Draining a Toilet Tank: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Push down the flush lever.

    • Hold the lever down until water stops draining from the tank.

    • A small amount of water will remain in the bottom of the tank.

    • If the flush lever or pull chain have become disconnected, lift up the toilet flapper to drain the tank.

  4. Toilet Flapper Replacement, Disassembling Toilet Pull Chain Spring Clasp: step 4, image 1 of 3 Toilet Flapper Replacement, Disassembling Toilet Pull Chain Spring Clasp: step 4, image 2 of 3 Toilet Flapper Replacement, Disassembling Toilet Pull Chain Spring Clasp: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Squeeze open the spring clasp that connects the pull chain to the tank lever.

    • Disconnect the spring clasp from the tank lever.

  5. Toilet Flapper Replacement, Flapper: step 5, image 1 of 3 Toilet Flapper Replacement, Flapper: step 5, image 2 of 3 Toilet Flapper Replacement, Flapper: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Disconnect the flapper from the posts on each side of the overflow tube.

    • Remove the flapper from the toilet tank.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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2 Comments

Thank you I needed that

My Mama - Reply

How universal is the flapper size? Do I need to measure the existing one before buying a replacement?

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