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Old 04-03-2013, 09:15 AM   #1
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Best way to "fish" something out of a black tank???

My friends kid flushed a whole water bottle down the toilet. Thankfully the tank had been cleaned a week before & not used. Now I have a 20oz bottle floating around. I ran one of those plumber cameras down there and could not find it. I then used the old standby of having an adult with skinny arms try to feel around for. No luck. Tried filling the tank to capacity in hopes it would float... no luck.
Being its a vented tank I dont think a wetvac nozzle attached to a 10hp vac will work too well.
I dont want the bottle to cause a "dam" at the most inopportune time.
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Eewww. Who was the adult with skinny arms? Did you kill the kid?
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:24 AM   #3
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Eewww. Who was the adult with skinny arms? Did you kill the kid?
the kids mother. The tank is pretty clean according to the images I saw on the plumbers cam. Otherwise it was a hard sell to get her to put a whole arm down there.
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Try running the shop vac hose down into the empty tank. Might be able to suck the bottle to the end of the hose and then manipulate it out from there.
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Remove the commode so you reach into the tank farther. Fill the tank 3/4 full with water. A long armed person should be able to touch all 4 corners of the tank. Let us know how you finally get this nasty job done..Good luck
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The shop vac idea sounds like the best approach. Next move would be to unbolt the toilet Strange, though. You can't see it on the crap cam. Did you have good light? Could it be lodged in the opening to the drain valve? Just de things to consider.
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The shop vac idea sounds like the best approach. Next move would be to unbolt the toilet Strange, though. You can't see it on the crap cam. Did you have good light? Could it be lodged in the opening to the drain valve? Just de things to consider.
tis what I was worried about... so I filled the tank twice. Tried going from the drain side with the camera but the drain pipe turns abit much.
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Do have jacks?

Offset with drain side low, put some water in, then drain.

Bottle will settle to low spot.

Now with camera and stick with snare, loop of string that can be pulled closed, fetch bottle
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Ugg!, stick the kid in there. Just kiddin?
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Do have jacks?

Offset with drain side low, put some water in, then drain.

Bottle will settle to low spot.

Now with camera and stick with snare, loop of string that can be pulled closed, fetch bottle
I will give that a try.
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What a crappy experience.

Good luck.
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If the bottle cap was removed, you might be able to fill the tank to the brim to fill the bottle with water, then use the jacks to lower the easiest to reach corner of the tank. Drain the tank and see if you can see or reach it.
Bottle cap was still tight (according to the kid) hence me thinking it should float.
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What a crappy experience.

Good luck.
we'll find out this afternoon for sure.
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Time for the child to taste soap and find out what it does.

Today we have Time Out! Old school we had Times up!
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