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    DIY Junior Member alchemist's Avatar
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    Default Big ah oh!

    I did something stupid. I shoved a couple of red shop rags, the small hand size ones, little bigger than a wash rag, in the entrance (not far) of my toilet flange, to keep sewer gas to a minimum. Unfortunately, it looks like the rags slipped down the pipe. It goes sideways as far as my arm can reach (maybe 4 inches on the horizontal.

    How can I fish those two rags out? This is damn embarassing!! Vacuum cleaner hose? But afraid I'll shove them further.

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    A vac would probably work...
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    coat hanger with a small ball of duct tape on it....be careful...it may have already gone down the T depending on how far it is from the 90...

    You can use a small mirror and a flashlight to look past the 90 to see where it is..

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    a small hand snake with a hook on the end will retrieve them.

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    Default rags

    A closet auger will wrap them up and extract them.

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    This is worse than I thought. (I had thought the plumber might have grabbed them when he was over here on Thursday morning). What I thought was a vent pipe that came sideways right under my closet flange is actually a water tie in from my master bathroom shower. So those rags, two red ones, did get washed down. Pretty sure I need to employ a plumber for this job. Those rags are likely washed way down the line.

    Everyone agreed (and agree that I displayed stupidity with those rags!)?

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    everything's A-OK. Plumber came out with one of those camera gadgets, 200 foot version. We verified nothing was there. He suspected either a turd or the rags right before the drop from my second floor. I flushed the other second floor toilet and the thing washed on down. We're now certain (he ran camera out nearly to street) that the rags are out in sewer.

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