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    How do you get something out of a shower drain? I dropped a tool down the drain...now all I see is a dark hole and a little water, no tool. I need a high powered magnet. Any suggestions ...is the tool gone forever or will it stop things up later? I know I need to call a plumber but I was wondering if anyone had some advice before I tell my husband his twenty dollar drill bit just fell down the drain.....? help....



    How do I get that thing out of there???

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    It should be in the trap straight down from the drain.
    The trap is a "J" shaped piece of pipe...

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    How do I remove it?

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    In a shower, not under a sink....

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    Underneath the shower is a P-trap, which will prevent the bit from going further. If the shower is on the first floor the P-trap will be accessible from the basement (if you have a basement). If it's a glue-together trap it will have to be cut out and replaced.

    You might have the right idea about using a magnet. Most places that sell tools sell a small magnet on the end of a thin telescoping rod. This would probably work to get it out too. Another alternative is a tool called "mechanical fingers" that you could try.

    Either of these tools can be found at most auto parts stores.

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    Thanks. I'm thinking the magnet would have to be pretty high powered to pick up that fairly heavy drill bit. Where's a high powered magnet when you need one?..I could bend a hanger and tie it on the end ..but I have no magnet. I had a nickel plated shower drain and wanted to change it to the oil rubbed bronze. That cost 18 dollars. Then the screw broke. 20 dollars for screw remover (now in drain). A plumber will probably cost $150 dollars. SOO..my new drain cover will end up costing around $200.00. I need to go lie down....

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    Your husband will undoubtedly get it out.
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    Why would you tell him? You are newlyweds arent you?

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    Magnets on a telescoping rod are available at most any auto parts store and they don't cost very much. Handy gadgets to have around anyway. I'd sure try that before cutting the P trap out.

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    If you have a shop vac with a small hose it will suck the water out, and maybe the drill bit also, but at least you would be able to see it. Then a piece of gum on a stick might retrieve it. There is little possibility that it went around the trap and into the drain pipe.

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    No, we're not newlyweds. We've been married 25 years. I have good news! I found a piece of magnetic stripping. I taped it to the end of a telephone cord. Then I manuevered it down the hole with a hanger...and a "higher power" blessed me with that 20 dollar drill bit! I'm so thrillled! I still have a broken off screw but now I can start all over. THANKS!

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    It may be even simpler. The bit should be right below the surface of the water in the trap. Find a kid, say 4 yrs old, with small hands. Remove the drain cover/grate. Put a glove on the kid, and have him/her reach in and grab it. Reinstall grate. Get kid an ice cream cone, or other favorite treat.

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    Great job!

    I did almost this same thing installing my shower, I dropped the little brace you tighten up the Oatey no calk drain with right into the trap. I bought a tiny little horseshoe magnet in the science project drawer at blue box by all the screws (~$2). I tied some twine to it and dropped it in, worked great! Feels good to work around something like that.

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