06:56PM | 12/14/05
Member Since: 12/12/05
1 lifetime posts
Hi folks,

Have a good one for you. Yesterday I was using a toilet as a garbage disposal since mine is not installed yet. Anyhow while dumping some food scraps in, a tablespoon

happened to fall in and get washed out to sea... or somewhere.

Now the the toilet has this slow-motion lullabye swirl that cannot be plunged out. It flushes but its very lazy and tired and it only accepts liquids... so my question is there any chance of retrieving the spoon and clearing things up, or might I need more help for this rescue?. I'm willing to yank the toilet for starters. Thank in advance for any help.

Jim D

11:07PM | 12/14/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
Enlight - hi, it sounds like the spoon is now stuck in the trap built into the toilet fixture. I don't think you'd want to try and snake it as you'll either simply go past it with the snake, or you could knock it loose so it goes down the drain, where it'll definitely cause you problems sooner rather than later as it catches any solids going down the pipe.

You may be able to reach in and grasp it if your hands are small enough. If you have an inspection mirror, use that with a flashlight and see if you can spot it first. Chances are, though, you'll need to pull the toilet up off the floor to get to it. I'm not a plumber but after reading this forum for the last couple years, I'd tell you to be sure to install a new wax ring when you set the toilet fixture back onto the floor.

Good luck and happy holidays! Jim D/West Point, VA
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