Guide written by:
Jeremy, construction site supervisor, Cardiff
Toilet flush plates form part of wall-hung toilets and are installed on to the toilet fixing frame. They may feature single or dual flush buttons and come in various materials including plastic, stainless steel, brass or chrome-plated steel. Read on to find the right plate for your toilet flush mechanism.
- Frame type
- Flush type
- Materials and style
What is a toilet flush plate?
The flush plate is the part you push down on to trigger the flush on wall-hung toilets. This flush system is known as front operated.
Connected to the flush mechanism, the water in the system is released when you press on the button(s). These plates are typically made of PVC (or ABS on mid-range models) but can also be made of stainless steel or brass.
The flush plate must be compatible with your existing mechanism. The majority of wall-hung toilet / toilet fixing frame manufacturers offer one or several compatible flush plates for each toilet.
The flush plate must be able to fit into the space designed for its installation (this is done at the same time as covering the frame).
Depending on the flush mechanism you have in place, these plates can incorporate a single flush button (generally releasing 3 to 5 litres) or a dual flush button (8 to 10 litres).
Toilet fixing frame
How to choose a toilet flush plate
You may need to change your flush plate at some point, perhaps because you're not a fan of the original one or because it has broken or stopped working. There are a few points to consider to stop you making the wrong choice.
Toilet frame type
This is, without a doubt, the most important factor to consider. Depending on the brand and the type of frame you go for, the manufacturer may propose a range of plates for each model.
The plate will, therefore, fit perfectly with the flush mechanism and slot into its designated spot. It will also match the various dimensions required for installation (thickness of frame, length of fixing points on mechanism, etc.).
Size of the flush plate
Once your toilet frame is covered, you may notice that there is an opening (or hatch) in the installation. This is your access route to the flush mechanism in case of any faults, and it's also where the flush plate will be installed.
Flush plates must be measured in length, width, depth and thickness (corresponding to the depth of the frame and casing). If you don't know the brand and type of your toilet frame, you can use these dimensions to look for a flush plate that will be compatible.
Type of flush mechanism
As mentioned, flush plates for wall-hung toilets may feature single or dual flush buttons. Again, if you don't know the details of your original toilet model, you can always go for an adjustable (or universal) single or dual-button plate. This will allow you to adapt the lengths of the flush rods to suit your existing mechanism.
Nowadays you can also buy 'water saving' mechanisms. Generally found on higher-end toilet frames, these mechanisms are designed to limit water consumption when flushing and come with specialised flush plates.
Style and materials
Depending on the brand and type of your wall-hung toilet frame, you'll find a range of different flush plates. Usually it's just the shape of the button(s) that differs, but the colour of the plate may also change. There's a fairly wide choice on the market. While white is by far the most common colour, other shades are becoming more common (black, chrome, grey, etc.).
The plate is usually made of resin but can also be of chrome-plated steel or brushed steel. Flush plates can even be made of glazed ceramic or brass, or feature a wood covering.
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Guide written by:
Jeremy, construction site supervisor, Cardiff, 128 guides
Electrician by trade, I first worked in industrial estates where I installed, wired and fixed a large number of electrical installations. After this, I managed a team of electricians for this type of work. 10 years or so ago, I turned to building and construction. From the modest family home, to gyms and theatres; I have been able to coordinate, audit and organise all sorts of construction sites. for 4 years now, I am restaoring and bulding an extrension to a bungalow in the heart of the welsh countyside. My experience in manual work and my knowledge means I am proud to be of service. Terraces, interior design, roofing, plumbing, electricty, anything goes! We have, my wife, daughter and I, built almost everything we have from scratch! So to answer all of your questions, and to orientate and advise you on coosing your tools? Easy!