Toilet handle swaperoo

Why yes, this post IS as exciting as it sounds. 😉

Ya see, I’m a details person. I like details.  I think details make the room.  But, there’s one detail in particular that’s driven me batty since day one….


Can you spot it? (Hint: it’s in the title of this post.)


That’s right. This ugly, cheap-looking, beige, hideous excuse for a toilet handle that tries to match our biscuit toilet, but doesn’t quite pull it off.  Poser.  Ihateyou.

The other day, I decided that I’d finally had enough.  He needed to go.  Far away.  Like, really far.

I broke the news to Joey that I needed to embark on this all-important-project, to which I received a slightly confused look, a nod, and an “mmmkay.”.   Over the years, the poor guy has pretty much decided to simply agree with my weirdly-placed passions and let me do my thing (bless him). Don’t get me wrong, Joey definitely gets stuff done in the DIY department. He just doesn’t waste a lot of time despising something as minor as a functioning (albeit, fugly) toilet lever. …That’s my job. 😉

So, fueled by my hatred, I climbed into the car and headed to the Home Depot, where I picked up this guy for just under nine bucks…


When I got home, I walked into the bathroom, gave our pasty toilet handle one last dirty look, and got started. The process was pretty straight-forward and easily explained in the instructions on the back of the package. I began by removing the tank lid….


I disconnected the chain pin….


Loosened the nut that secured the handle to the tank….


And removed the handle….


Then, I simply inserted the new handle through the hole and pressed it in firmly until I had a nice, snug fit….


Then, I secured the nut using a wrench being sure to not over-tighten (there should be a little jiggle)….


I reconnected the chain pin in the same location as in the previous handle…


…replaced my lid and BAM….


Doesn’t he look like he’s smiling now?

Makes such a positive difference. For 9 bucks and about 10 minutes of installation time, I’d say I’m a happy camper.

So, do any of y’all have things like this? Little, tiny, minor details that drive you crazy? Or is that just me and my craziness?

P.S. I’m writing our bathroom reveal post now. The room is D.O.N.E. Yippee!!


4 thoughts on “Toilet handle swaperoo

  1. You guys are a match made in heaven! As in: “you and Joey” and “you and the details”! Think about the state of things if no one sweated the small stuff. Reminds me I have to buy new hinges for all the ones I painted over 24 years ago!!!!!!!!!!

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