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Thread: Can't move metal nut on toilet handle.

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    DIY Junior Member Tarazed's Avatar
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    Default Can't move metal nut on toilet handle.

    Hi, I'm not a professional, just someone hoping to get things done myself and faster, rather than wait weeks and weeks for the superintendent of my apartment building to get around to it.

    The handle on our toilet has been getting very loose lately, but is still attached to the chain and flapper. It's been causing the flapper to not sit squarely back into its hole, necessitating opening the tank and poking the flapper with a rod to push it back down.

    I bought a new handle tonight, and went to take out the old one... it has a metal nut and threading, and the thing just won't budge at all. I made sure I'm turning it the proper direction (counter clockwise when looking at the handle from outside the tank), and nothing. It almost looks like the metal nut has corroded up against the porcelain of the tank.

    The toilet says "Canadian Potteries Limited" just behind the seat, and the number on the back inside the tank is 24 10 64, and inside the top of the tank is 4 9 64, plus "Crane Canada 274".

    Is there anything I can do to loosen that metal nut, or should I get my super to get a professional in? And can someone please explain what those numbers mean (more for my curiosity).


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    Forum Admin, Expert Plumber Terry's Avatar
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    Some of the old ones have opposite threading.

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    In the Trades Gary Swart's Avatar
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    Ran into this problem on my toilet a few years ago. The old handle broke and I had a deuce of time trying to get the darned thing off until somehow, maybe in desperation, I tried unscrewing to the left. Five minutes later, the job was finished and it lasted until I replaced the toilet.


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