Plumbing help needed, flushed a spoon down!

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  1. Cuthbert

    Cuthbert Member

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    It seems my daughter has flushed a spoon down the terlet. Things aren't flushing all the way now. I'm sure I'll end up calling the local plumber. Does anyone know what they will do to fix this problem?
     
  2. Nurk2

    Nurk2 "Ignore Everybody" ~Hugh MacLeod

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    unscrew the toilet from the floor

    remove spoon

    scrape off old wax seal

    put down new wax seal

    screw toilet back onto floor

    < 1 hour
    < $3
     
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  3. Blues Power

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    how big was the spoon, cant see one making the bend and going down the drain

    can you grab it with a magnet?
     
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    Its surely caught in the toilet trap...the magnet idea is a good one, or you'll have to remove the toilet from the floor to retrieve your spoon..
     
  5. DYNA BILL

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    I always hide my spoons with the coke (at least she didn't flush the coke.):D
     
  6. kidmo

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    Had a slow draining terlet, went to Lowes bought a terlet snake and pulled out a toothbrush. Should work for a spoon
     
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  7. circle_o_5ths

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    I prefer Exlax over the spoon method.
     
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  8. Aaron Mayo

    Aaron Mayo Member

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    You're not supposed to flush spoons?
     
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    Try using a dish to coax it out.

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  10. Blues Power

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    if you cant wait til Sunday i'll send my MIL over there. she can nuke it and peel the wallpaper at the same time.
    if she not constipated she'll be out in about 25 minutes. if shes all stuck up who knows how long she'll be in there.
    either way she will melt the spoon.
     
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  11. cogan

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    That's the do-it-yourself price. If you call a plumber in, you're looking at $200 easy for 20 minutes worth of work and $3 worth of material.

    It's an easy process to do yourself. You may want to look into using a thick wax ring or even two wax rings (one without the plastic flange) to ensure a good seal when you put the toilet back. Your other only real concern is not over-tightening the bolts on the floor when you reattach it; don't want to crack the porcelain. Might be worth looking into plastic wingnuts if you have metal ones.
     
  12. Blueswede

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    If the spoon is stuck in the trap, it may or may not be removable. I have had to replace a number of toilets due to something being stuck in the trap- balls, toys, brushes, cell phone.....in those cases, I replaced the toilet and then broke the old one just to see what was stuck in there.....
     
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    The toilet blew up yesterday afternoon
    The plumber he said never flush a tampoon
    This great information cost me half a weeks pay
    And the toilet blew up later on the next day eee yay eee yay............
     
  14. Nurk2

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    Ayuh.
     
  15. Raygun Gothic

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    I'm curious as to why it has to wait until Sunday. Is Saturday cabbage roll night at the rest home or something?
     
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    Prunes for Sunday Breakfast?
     
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  17. Noise Under The Floor

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    This. The spoon is most likely stuck right at the outlet. As a plumber I see this all the time...spoons, pencils, pens, rings of keys, etc. I always have to question what spoon is doing anywhere near a toilet.

    If a plumber comes out, you're looking at probably $300 minimum. You could buy a brand new toilet for that much.

    If you've got shop vac use it to suck all the water out of the tank and bowl before removing the toilet.
     
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  18. Blues Power

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    because she's coming for mothers day and I don't want the beast here a second sooner silly.
     
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    Less then an hour if the flange does not crack which is a pretty common thing to happen.
     
  20. Triocd

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    Fess up and admit you were eating your morning cereal on the can
     

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