Toilet blockage: New Trick

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  1. fullysprinklered

    fullysprinklered In the Trades

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    Customer added on a clogging toilet issue this week. I skipped over the usual auger and plunger show and pulled the toilet up. Flipped over on it's side I could just barely see something up in there from the bottom, black and about the size of a pencil. I was able to dislodge it but made no further progress in actually removing the thing. So, I ran my lavatory snake down through the trap and out through the bottom . Took a 10x10 terrycloth rag and screwed it onto the end and pulled it back out. No dice. Ran it back in and hooked it back on the end then doubled the rag over and screwed the opposite corner onto the snake, then pulled it out. The offending item came right out along with a few other unexpected surprises. Broken piece of a cheap plastic coat hanger about six inches long.
     
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  2. hj

    hj Master Plumber

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    I get a rope through the toilet and tie a 1/2" galvanized 45 in the middle, then pull it out, if it doesn't come the first time use the rope to pull the 45 back and try again. I once had to extract a can of camphor, (about the size of a can of snuff), from the toilet. the can was rusted and full of holes so it had been in the toilet for a long, long time.
     
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  4. nakopf

    nakopf Nailed it.

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    I'd like to learn a trick for retrieving Hot Wheels cars without pulling a toilet.
     
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  5. fullysprinklered

    fullysprinklered In the Trades

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    Hot Wheels? Might have to push them on through. Auger doesn't grab everything by a long shot.
     
  6. hj

    hj Master Plumber

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    If I can work my way past it, I can usually convince it to come out with my auger.
     
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