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Old 02-20-2016, 09:06 PM   #57
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I will also try to convince my wife to stick her arm in the dump valve and see if she feels anything. I'm sure if she somehow agrees to this, I am going to pay the price one way or the other. Actually that makes me more worried than anything......looks like I may be calling a plumber.
The suspense is getting to me . . .

Any success?

[ Not to mention the possible double entendres for some of the terms above . . . ! ]

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Old 02-20-2016, 10:45 PM   #58
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I had a friend who swallowed a gold crown. Boiled up a couple of stainless 1/4" nuts to sterilize and swallowed them to assist in the search and rescue operation. Saved himself $750 for a new crown. Gives the term "Potty Mouth" a whole new meaning
Standard Disclaimer applies: "Do not try this at home!" I really hope that wasn't a true story.

Hydrochloric acid (gastric jucies are about 1% hydrochloric acid) in any concentration will eventually dissolve steel, including stainless steel, but will not dissolve gold unless mixed with hydrogen peroxide. So if the stainless nuts didn't pass, they'd eventually dissolve and poison the swallower, while the gold crown would just sit there.

But swallowing any kind of metal by accident— and then doing it again on purpose— without going for x-rays to track their progress is a seriously bad idea. If something like that got stuck anywhere in the bowels, it's a recipe for a perforated ulcer and possibly a case of peritonitis, or worse.

If the story is true, your friend is very lucky indeed because his stunt could have cost him a lot more than $750 for a new crown; it could have cost him some very expensive surgery.
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Old 02-23-2016, 01:42 AM   #59
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Wife gets on her hands and knees and prepares to stick her arm in the 3 inch hole where the tanks empty. She shines a flashlight into hole and screams. She hands me the flashlight and says "no way am I going in there". I say, "it's just your arm sweetie and you really just need to feel for a fork. No biggie." Well, I look in the hole and let's just say the last flushing of the tank didn't exactly clear out the passageway. After dry heaving, we then decided that the fork will just have to have a new home in our tank. Let's put a fork in this thread because I'm done!
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Thanks for the candor!

Oh, for the freedom to comment freely about this further development in the tird world. Puns on the word "fork" are hard to pass . . .



Let me find a stool to rest on . . .



Coincidentally you may have learned one basic lesson that you should always have a full grey water tank ready to dump AFTER you empty the black water tank (if I have caught your drift correctly).

Hope you and your wife have recovered from the DH vapors.

Thanks for making my morning!

Peter

PS -- Another suggestion [which may not have pertained to your fork rescue effort] is that nothing solid should ever come out of the black water tank, so as to be identifiable as you-know-what. Recent road action should agitate the contents into a pulp which flows freely down the discharge pipe, to be flushed out with the next grey water dump. This prevents solid material getting stuck in the gate valve at the bottom of the black water tank, which might REQUIRE a manual removal from inside the discharge line. [ . . . not to mention the possibility of a couple of divorce attorneys! . . . ]

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Since you put the fork in it, consider it done.
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...... Let's put a fork in this thread because I'm done!

I know this is terribly selfish, but I think I am going to miss this thread more than you are going to miss your fork!

Thanks for the entertainment.......
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I have learned that to avoid dumping silverware into the black tank, I should 1st place my large pasta strainer into the bowl before pouring in the dish water.

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And it not dead after all.... Now we have a fork and a pasta strainer in the toiddy bowl area.
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Old 02-24-2016, 07:29 PM   #65
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I have learned that to avoid dumping silverware into the black tank, I should 1st place my large pasta strainer into the bowl before pouring in the dish water.

Simple!
Remind me not to eat pasta at your place!

The fork is alive . . .

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I've been watching this thread with interest - ok, more like amusement. I have no solution and I'm sorry to be amused by your predicament. But you have to admit a fork in the pooper is good for cracking a smile. That's about all the double entendres I can get into a single sentence.

Good luck, don't take it personally if everyone declines your dinner invitations!
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A Fork in the Road is better than One in the Stool

I know... all of you had your fun with Zstreamer and 'Fork fell into black tank'.

I resisted... long enough to rethink my posting on that Thread. Actually, some posts took a bit of imagination, which made it well worth following five pages that did not solve the problem, but sure did make a point to anyone else...

Some mistakes need to be kept quiet.

Modern Stainless flatware is not magnetic. A blade on the knife would be and the blade on higher end knives are magnetic. A magnet large enough to attract the blade of either would solve the problem... if the retrieval had occurred without delay. A fork though is not magnetic and requires some male that is 'hands on' in this case.

The distance from the toilet moveable slide to the black tank surface is 20". A man's arm is 27 to 29 inches long. It takes a flash light and a tape measure to make this study and is accurate within 1/2 inch. For Airstreams, that is within limits of accuracy for the construction of your trailer.

Now, as someone else had reported... can a tape measure be retrieved from the black tank that has fallen into it with a magnet?

He/She wants to know how large a magnet to use for a 30' tape that sells at Lowes for about $14.68. US, not Canadian.

Are flash light cases aluminum or also magnetic? My friend, deceased, would like to know.

(This is how you have to post a sensitive Thread on this Forum. It keeps me away from the Toilet Paper debate long enough to buy a 'better' 50 foot tape measure and a 1000 lumen flashlight for my deceased friend.)
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Fork fell into black tank

What's to thank about. Just buck up, reach in, dig it out and have a full bottle of bleach on hand for clean up.
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