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Old 02-21-2015, 09:52 AM   #1
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Toilet brush down the hole!

I just knew this was going to happen some day....drat.
Worst part is I can see it but not manage to grab it....

Actually that's not the worst part....I've had trailer guests
over for 4 days and it's time to dump.

Yuck....I think I'm going to have to remove the toilet as I don't
want the brush getting stuck in the Thetford valve.

Any suggestions??
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Old 02-21-2015, 09:55 AM   #2
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Maybe a long-handled grabber thing? You know, like the ones folks use to grab a can off a high shelf, or something off the floor.
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:01 AM   #3
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Or even a coat hanger, bent into a hook
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:04 AM   #4
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Go fishing!
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:21 AM   #5
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Titan 11162 24" Flexible Retriever Claw - Mutual Screw & Supply

Something like this...any auto parts store has them
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The claw, the claw!
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:25 AM   #7
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Turned off the water and shone a light down there, I think it floated off somewhere...it's no longer in view which is more than I can say for....never mind.
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Go fishing - but first get two heavy plastic trash bags one inside the other - and get some vaseline which you should apply heavily to your upper lip (you'll thank me for that one!) Rubber gloves wouldn't be amiss either. So grab it with a hanger, or grabber or whatever it takes - yank it up to a point where you can grab it, bag it, seal it and take it far far away for disposal.

Then you can wipe off the vaseline.

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Old 02-21-2015, 10:27 AM   #9
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Been there, done that.

In my case I was camped in Wyoming with a group of Antelope hunters. It took two of us to get the darned thing out.

I straightened two wire coat hangers. One, I left the rounded hook end as it was. The other one was completely straightened, except for the curly place where it joined together below the hook, and bent a small srraight hook about 100 degrees, about an inch and a half long.

One of the guys took the wire with the round hangar end and lifted the brush handle to where I could get the little straight hook thru the hole in the handle, then gently pulled the brush out.

Oh yeah, it took several tries before we finally got it.
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Got a role of bailing wire and going to "go fishing".
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Old 02-21-2015, 11:01 AM   #11
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Sounds like a good idea for a new, RV-themed, "Survivor"-type reality show entitled "Toilet Brush Down the Hole!"; or a "Duck Dynasty" episode where the good ol' boys design and market gear for the new sport they invented called "RV commode fishing", which is similar to noodling for catfish, but actually more like a treasure hunt for @#$%...

By the way, glad you got the toilet brush out!

(Oops, missed your previous post while typing.)

HOPE you get the toilet brush out!
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Old 02-21-2015, 11:15 AM   #12
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could not fish it as I've no idea where in the tank it is. Turned off the water and tried a mirror and flash light...too tight to get the correct angle.
So I filled to absolute capacity with fresh water and let'r rip out to the septic field.
When empty I removed the see through stinky slinky outlet and note a right angle
that would not allow for the passage of the toilet brush.
So back flushed with a full grey tank and am now filling Black tank with fresh water.
When it is nearly full I'll get a garden hose down the 'bog" at such an angle that it might create a current that "might" bring it into view.
Barring all that I've been meaning to drop both tanks (already did the F.W. which is a pain in it'self )and clean and re-insulate. But until then it's going to have to stay as I'm at a critical phase of.....see pic....I got the weather going for me and I need to button up the "Hay Wagon" but at least the floor is all in as of today....
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Old 02-21-2015, 11:53 AM   #13
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After reading these comments I think I'm going to drill a small hole at the top of the toilet brush handle and tie three or four feet of twine to it. I'll let the twine trail behind the brush while I'm using it (or tie it around my wrist like a surfboarder), and if the brush slips down the hole hopefully I can drag it back up.
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I'll bet your wife has small hands and if you hold on to her feet, she can get down there and grab it.
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