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akim1220 08-27-2009 08:23 AM

Toilet Problems
With my luck, I knocked over a can of hairspray after I flushed the toilet. The cap of the bottle fell straight into the toilet and in a split second was gone. The maintenance guy in my building tried to get it out. He said he used an auger and a snake. I just can't believe that a plastic cap would get so wedged into the toilet that it won't come out. Should I believe that he tried his best and get a new toilet and just try it myself? Any tips and tricks that might help me out? I would call a professional plumber but that's about $150 just for the drain clean and then another $100 for the toilet install if I need to get a new one plus the toilet.

Another thing, if I were to do it myself, are the bolts that hold the toilet in place replaceable without replacing the closet flange? I think the maintenance guy bent one of the bolts when he put the toilet back in place.


faucetman886 08-27-2009 09:38 AM

I suspect that the cap did not go far because the "s" shaped trap wouldn't normally let something that hard go past but the maintenance man has probably done a good job of jamming it in there good. there is a good poosibility that if the toilet were drained and unbolted from the flange so that you could access the hairspray cap from the other direction that you might be able to oush it back out. I would hate to think that you would have to replace the entire toilet. As to the flange bolts they are replaceable and many times a good plumber will replace the old ones when he puts in a new toilet or reinstalls an old one. The most important part of reinstallation is getting a good seal back on the flange with a new wax ring. Hope this helps or maybe one of our pros here online will have an even better idea.

akim1220 08-27-2009 09:56 AM

Thanks, I think I am definitely going to try it myself first. What size and what type of bolt is it? Does it just screw into the closet flange?

faucetman886 08-27-2009 10:11 AM

Just ask for flange bolts at the hardware store or big box. dont forget to get the new wax ring also. Another helpful hint use an old plastic coffee can lid or wadded up towel to stop up the drain hole while you have the toilet off to prevent sewer gas (methane) from escaping, smelling up your house and causing a possible hazard. Just dont stuff it down as hard as the hairspray cap...LOL

NickBoston 02-25-2014 04:51 PM

I found a much better way to fix this. Use a shop/wet vac. No need to shut the water off, drain the basin or anything. Just drain the bowl with the shop vac and when the water is gone the air pressure alone will suck the cap out.

SeniorSitizen 02-25-2014 05:24 PM

Is there any flow at all? If there is quickly dump a gallon of water in the bowl and give us some idea how fast it drained back to normal level. I may be able to save you the price of a new toilet.

TheEplumber 02-25-2014 05:59 PM

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