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ArchHoagland

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Posted: 01/23/13 08:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good thread. I was cleaning our toilets last week and got to wondering what would happen if I dropped the toilet bowl scrubber brush down the hole.

I think I'm going to add a stick or something across the end of the handle so it won't go down the tubes.

IBDtrader...if nothing else at least you have helped me out so this won't happen to me.

Let us know how things come out................


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If you decide you need a camera to let you see inside the tank, (and can wait for shipping) one like this has worked well for me. You do have to have a laptop or computer you can move with a usb connection.

usb cable camera

I think I would try the treble hook idea first. Good luck.

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Posted: 01/23/13 09:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There's usually a hole in the top of the handle to hang. I have tied a heavy string through that hole and slip it over my hand while holding the brush....just another precaution. Good luck in the meantime!!

Grandkids were visiting and the toilet got clogged. We called in Roto-Rooter. Worked in a couple minutes. Never did find out what fell down there. I don't think this would work for a brush though. Not kid related but when we're boondocking I often dump our dishpan water in the toilet so we have more grey water space. I saw the fork just as it dropped down the black hole. That was two years ago and haven't had any problems - yet. I assumed the fork passed through o.k.

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I would fill the tank and then dump it. It does have a four inch outlet, so maybe it will just flow out. Worth a try!


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May be more trouble than it is worth but you might remove the toilet itself snd go fishing from there. I think you might have a better view for the brush. Someone who has removed their toilet could say if that would give you a better look for the brush.

I think the fishhook and the grabber from auto parts store would also be worth a try. All of us are going to be interested in how you finally solve this problem so I hope you will post the solution when the problem is solved.


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Posted: 01/24/13 08:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our pipe going down to the tank is not straight, nor is the pipe going out so if it's toilet brush with handle...odds are it may get caught somewhere going down or coming out. It is worth trying to snag it with a long piece of wire from either end. If it got all the way to the tank...if it were ours...well it might just be the resident tank cleaning brush. Let us know how it all comes out...if it does!


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Posted: 01/24/13 05:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Get a new brush, their not much use after a dip in the black tank.

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Final out come....

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Final out come.... Filled both tanks several times and drained them at the same time. No brush. Decided to run a long stick thru sewer hose and the little sucker was there. Thanks for all the comments. The one advice I will take is to get a rope and tie it on new one piece brush.
That could have been an expensive screw up. One estimate was $800 to pull tank if needed. So my advice to all tie a rope to a ONE PIECE brush.

Thanks For all the comments.

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