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New toilet
All three toilets in our house have been slow - we've been getting by with occasional plunging. Sammy (& Nathan?) has discovered the joy of dropping objects in the toilet and flushing them away. Ha ha, what fun; let's do that again. We learned about this from finding toothbrushes, coins, spoons, etc. in the bottom of the toilet bowls - items that don't easily get up over the trap wall. We of course explained to Sammy in very stern terms to Not Do That Anymore, but with, shall we say, questionable success. So, lately, the frequency of plunging has been annoying enough that I bought a couple of drain augers - something I should've done much earlier. Yesterday morning, from the downstairs bathroom, it extracted a Leapfrog educational game cartridge - about the size of a PCMCIA card. Wasn't able to get anything out of the master bathroom, but it did clearly dislodge a clog - the toilet sped up considerably, but there's probably still something in there.

In the boys' bathroom, I couldn't get the snake past the trap - it'd go up, and then coil around and come back down into the bowl. So I decided to swap the toilet out, which I've never done before. I'd scratched up the bowl with one of the augers, and it was old and ugly anyway. Monica recruited Von from church (which I had skipped to stay home and play with the toilets) to come help me, for which I was very thankful. I found out later that Von changed his family's plans that day so he could help me. He is such a nice guy. Mike and Robin also came over with their boys, so we had a little septic celebration going on. When we got the toilet off and flipped it over, there was a big Lego-like block wedged tightly up in the backside of the trap. All that plunging had jammed it in there nicely.

So now we have a new toilet that flushes like a dream. I may have to replace the master as well, so I'm glad I know how to do it now. (Apologies to quirky_layne that we didn't do this before she came to visit.)

Anyway, moral of the story is: if you have slow/stopped drains, unless you know for sure that it's only waste material, auger before you plunge. You may be packing your clog more tightly.

Off to work.

ETA: Just got a call from Joy - turns out that when Sam was over at their house for small group last night, he flushed an undetermined number of their Noah's Ark figures down the toilet. This is a set of old, handmade toys that have been in their family for years. She knows this because, upon plunging, the zebra came back up. My engines are down this AM due to a gas supply pressure problem anyway, so I offered to come over with my newly acquired toilet fixing skills, but she said the plumber was already on their way. She just wanted to know if Sam could tell us how many toys he'd flushed - but he's at daycare, and certainly isn't going to answer a question like that over the phone.

Someone's getting a spanking tonight.
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fdmts From: fdmts Date: February 26th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Toilet

I'm told that if you want to scare a young child away from ever using the potty again, it's a good idea to get a macerating toilet. Combine a garbage disposal with the standard model. There you go.

Flush, GRRRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIINNNNNNNDDDDDDDDDD, (terrified weeping).
tehuatzi From: tehuatzi Date: February 27th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Toilet

Wow, had not heard of that before - I'd like to see one of those. Seems like the strategy could backfire, though - Flush, GRIND, "Cool! Let's see how loud a noise we can get this thing to make!" (followed by dominoes, marbles, nail clippers, whatever will fit)
egli From: egli Date: February 26th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is both amusing and very sad at the same time. Oh, children.
restoration86 From: restoration86 Date: February 27th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
oh, Sammy. At least the septic celebration sounds like fun :)
sjepearson03 From: sjepearson03 Date: February 27th, 2007 06:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear! I am so sorry that he did that to your friends too. It is one thing when your kids frustrate your life, but when it happens to others, well, it ain't pretty. Here's to no more flushing! *tink*
darceyrene From: darceyrene Date: February 27th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Underneath that innocent expression lies a very ornery little boy. Makes me wonder what his dad was like as a little boy...you know Monica was an angel child.
mocina From: mocina Date: February 28th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)

an update on the very naughty little boy

After multiple punishments of various kinds for this behavior, I exasperatedly asked him, "Why do you flush toys down the toilet, Sam?" Looking up at me with tears in his eyes, he was silent, as if to say, 'I have no idea, mom, I just like it.' So I asked, "Do you just like watching the toys swirl down with the water?" Then as if I'd unlocked his little heart, he said, "Yes," then buried his head in my lap with many, many tears. So I held him, but told him that he can never watch anything else swirl down the toilet except small bits of toilet paper and poop. He said, "Okay." We'll see if we can trust those sad little eyes. I have my doubts, but here's hoping.
darceyrene From: darceyrene Date: February 28th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: an update on the very naughty little boy

Is there some kind of toy he could get that might duplicate this thrill for him? I'm thinking marbles going down some sort of spiral. Maybe marbles would not be a good idea with Nathan, but something along those lines?
quirky_layne From: quirky_layne Date: March 2nd, 2007 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I was telling my mom about this and kind of chuckling. Of course she told me, uh, you know Patrick will do that someday. Yep, normal kid thing in my book. Glad you got a new toliet! Happy flushing!
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