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Old 08-15-2014, 09:56 PM   #1
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Flushed the silver

At an RV park w/no sewer hookup so, trying to use black tank to keep from maxing out the grey water tank, I have been pouring the dishwater into the toilet. Just flushed a silver spoon. How can I retrieve it? Can I retrieve it? Will it come out in a flush? Shall I be ready with a colander? Yuck!

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Old 08-15-2014, 10:22 PM   #2
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Old 08-15-2014, 10:36 PM   #3
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Is it solid silver, silver plate or stainless steel? If solid silver or stainless a magnet won't work, but if it's silver plated it may. Test it on one of your other utensils. If it does, tie a strong magnet to a stick and probe around through the hole. If that doesn't work maybe one of those flexible push-button claw tools will. It's probably right below the hole now. If you open the drain valve, it may move it out of reach or lodge it against the drain hole creating more problems.
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It is still in the tank and won't flush out, so I will just leave it there until I can locate a magnet and am prepared to go fishing for it. No problems so far.
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Old 08-19-2014, 06:09 AM   #6
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LOL I agree with Overlander, go buy a new set of utensils, I wouldn't want it back
Yard sale. Yeah I know you can use bleach, and run it through a dishwasher twenty times, I probably still would (Yard sale) LOL

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Why don't you just pull the toilet and reach in and pull it out. That's why they make soap.
Have you ever shook hands with a plumber? Not much difference though you don't see too many plumbers biting their nails......
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If you have moved the trailer while it had fluid in it the spoon has most likely moved the the low end of the tank. If the toilet is mounted over that end of the tank removing it and fishing with a magnet or reach and grabber is an option.

If you have another of the same utensil look at the plumbing coming from the tank. take the utensil to a shop and see if you can bass it through a similar elbow. If it will not pass it can remain in the tank without causing great harm. If it can pass it could get stuck between the dump valve and the outflow. In that case you would have to cut the piping to get it out.

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