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Old 04-29-2015, 09:25 AM   #1
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Thetford Electric Flush Toilet and a glass bottle dilemma

Do not laugh at this question please...but I accidentally dropped a tiny glass bottle (lavender oil) into the toilet as I was taking it out of the upper cabinet. NOW, this is a Thetford electric flush ceramic toilet (with water in it). Clean thankfully! So after I got over the shock of what I'd done, I donned rubber gloves to retrieve it and can't even feel it in there. Small enough of an area that can't get the hand in there I guess. My question is...any idea how to get it out? OR, since we have a macerator and a sanicon system, will that glass bottle tear up something if I flush it ?? That's what I'm afraid of. Hubs is at work and he's a patient man but I am hoping I can solve this on my own!! Seriously, I had better things to do this morning than fishing a glass bottle out of the toilet! Just don't want to tear up anything!! Any help is so much appreciated!! We have a 2007 Monaco Dynasty and for only a few months so we're still learning!
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I guess your electric toilet is different from mine. The horizontal flap stays closed until I push the button, which opens the flap and turns on the water. It's just a straight drop from there down the pipe into the black tank.

Sorry I can't give you the answer you need! Good luck!
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Do not laugh at this question please...but I accidentally dropped a tiny glass bottle (lavender oil) into the toilet as I was taking it out of the upper cabinet. NOW, this is a Thetford electric flush ceramic toilet (with water in it). Clean thankfully! So after I got over the shock of what I'd done, I donned rubber gloves to retrieve it and can't even feel it in there. Small enough of an area that can't get the hand in there I guess. My question is...any idea how to get it out? OR, since we have a macerator and a sanicon system, will that glass bottle tear up something if I flush it ?? That's what I'm afraid of. Hubs is at work and he's a patient man but I am hoping I can solve this on my own!! Seriously, I had better things to do this morning than fishing a glass bottle out of the toilet! Just don't want to tear up anything!! Any help is so much appreciated!! We have a 2007 Monaco Dynasty and for only a few months so we're still learning!
Yes it will tear up the macerator! I'm not sure how to get it out. I'm assuming it went into the small opening. Might get it with a pair of mechanical fingers. I certainly wouldn't flush it.
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Do not laugh at this question please...but I accidentally dropped a tiny glass bottle (lavender oil) into the toilet as I was taking it out of the upper cabinet. NOW, this is a Thetford electric flush ceramic toilet (with water in it). Clean thankfully! So after I got over the shock of what I'd done, I donned rubber gloves to retrieve it and can't even feel it in there. Small enough of an area that can't get the hand in there I guess. My question is...any idea how to get it out? OR, since we have a macerator and a sanicon system, will that glass bottle tear up something if I flush it ?? That's what I'm afraid of. Hubs is at work and he's a patient man but I am hoping I can solve this on my own!! Seriously, I had better things to do this morning than fishing a glass bottle out of the toilet! Just don't want to tear up anything!! Any help is so much appreciated!! We have a 2007 Monaco Dynasty and for only a few months so we're still learning!
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Did you flush the toilet after you dropped the bottle in?
If you did filling the black tank with water and dumping it directly out a 3" sewer hose, (NO macerator OR sanicon), MIGHT dump the bottle with the water.
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Maybe some small kitchen tongs...
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No I didn't flush!! Thanks!!
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Thanks folks...yes, the flap is shut and holds water and that's why I know that little bottle is in there somewhere. I just have to figure out a way to get it. But definitely can't flush then and that's what I needed to know!!
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I too am having trouble making sense of this. The only way it makes sense is if you flushed it as well as dropping it in the toilet.

If it is down in the tank it is about 20 inches to the bottom of the tank below the toilet valve. Any automotive tool store will sell a part picker that should do the job, depending on the size of the bottle. It amounts to a long spiral wound cable with a 3 prong grabber at one end and a thumb plunger at the other.

Press on the plunger and the three prongs emerge from the other end and spread, release the plunger and they clamp and retract.

I actually have a couple for retrieving parts I drop when working on my stuff. They usually sell for under $10. Home Depot sells the EasyGrag for $5 and it is 26 inches long, so you have a reach of about 20 inches.
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Then sacrifice a kitchen slotted spoon.
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No I didn't flush!! Thanks!!
I still think mechanical fingers are the best bet. They are flexible and will open to hold the bottle. You can get them at anyplace that sells tools.
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I am headed to Lowe's in hopes of finding "mechanical fingers". I tries sacrificing the kitchen tongs but there's a curve and drop down before the flap that is closed.
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I am headed to Lowe's in hopes of finding "mechanical fingers". I tries sacrificing the kitchen tongs but there's a curve and drop down before the flap that is closed.
Rubber chopsticks.
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If it has a metal top on the bottle get a strong magnet on a string or extendable handle.

Look at extension magnet on Amazon or Goggle if your not familiar.
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You need to remove the toilet and tip it upside down. I't will come out.

Try this first. Use your vacuum cleaner hose and see if that will suck it out first.
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