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A public service announcement - Be careful what you flush

Old 05-05-08, 12:46 PM
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A public service announcement - Be careful what you flush

Had a renter who had a plugged toilet. He tried to plunge it, etc. Finally gave up and called me. I told him the standard response that if it was something he caused, he would end up paying for it. He was frustrated to the point that he didn't care. So I call in the experts.

This is a 20 something construction worker. The professional shows up, and gets out his snake (SFW) and runs it down the toilet. It goes in all the way (SFW) and he pulls it back out. There is no plug, so he flushes. Water backs up all over the place, but being a pro, he uses his shop vac, gets all the water, and most never makes it to the floor. He turns the water back off, and gets out the power snake. Goes in about 10 feet. Way past the toilet. No plug. Yet when he flushed, the back up was immediate, so it had to be in the toilet.

He gets serious and pulls the toilet out. Runs the snake down the hole (SFW) and never hits anything. Runs a small snake through the toilet and never hits anything. Reinstalls the toilet and flushes, and water goes everywhere. He is getting mad.

He takes the toilet off again. He takes the toilet to the front yard. He crushes the toilet with a hammer. Somewhere in the inner workings of the toilet, now amongst the broken porcelain shards is the tin top of a can of copenhagen. It got wedged into the toilet and acted as a hinge. When the snake would hit it, it would open up and the snake would flow through smoothly. But when water would hit it, it would close and act as a perfect plug.

Mystery solved. So be careful what you flush.
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Only in Hooterville.
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he busted the toilet up? how much does a toilet cost?
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About $100.
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Old 05-05-08, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
About $100.
That's a small price to pay for the fun that ensued.
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funny!
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Originally Posted by cdollaz
Only in Hooterville.
NSFW!!! BREAK OUT THE BANHAMMER!! WE'LL HAVE NONE OF THAT TALK ROUND THESE PARTS!!!

*ahem*
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Well my toilet went crazy yesterday afternoon
The plumber he says, "never flush a tampoon"
This great information cost me half a week's pay
And the toilet blew up later on the next day.
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"Oh no, oh no, I have to frown... I flush and I flush yet (tin chew can top) won't go down..."
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Leave it to one of kvrdave's renters to put the redneck backflow preventer in backwards.
Old 05-05-08, 05:13 PM
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Whats a copenhagen?
Old 05-05-08, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by mhg83
Whats a copenhagen?
Snuff, mouth tobacco.
Old 05-05-08, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by mhg83
Whats a copenhagen?
It is a sub-set of Danish scat porn....VERY underground.

Or a tobacco brand.
Old 05-05-08, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
About $100.
Are you making the renter pay for the new toilet?

Smashing it seems extreme. Once he took it off, he couldn't see the can?
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Originally Posted by pedagogue
It is a sub-set of Danish scat porn....VERY underground.

Or a tobacco brand.
omg... peddy is right on both accounts!

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Originally Posted by mbs
Are you making the renter pay for the new toilet?
I'm sure he is.. and probably for the plumbers time as well.

$100 isn't anything for a toilet. You can get one used even cheaper

I like that commercial with the guy who sees the cute plumber chick so he throws everything into the toilet to try to get it to clog up.. with no luck. You gotta get one of those..
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so he flushed The Dude and then pissed on his rug?
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Originally Posted by General Zod
I'm sure he is.. and probably for the plumbers time as well.

$100 isn't anything for a toilet. You can get one used even cheaper

I like that commercial with the guy who sees the cute plumber chick so he throws everything into the toilet to try to get it to clog up.. with no luck. You gotta get one of those..
Shouldn't the plumber be paying for the new toliet. At least he should'nt get paid.
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Originally Posted by Canadian Bacon
so he flushed The Dude and then pissed on his rug?
He pissed on his fuckin' rug.
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Originally Posted by movieguru
Shouldn't the plumber be paying for the new toliet. At least he should'nt get paid.
According to Dave's description of events that the plumber tried everything he could go remove the offending obstruction.. "somewhere in the inner workings of the toilet" is where the problem was and probably the only way to get to it was to bust the thing open. It isn't the plumbers fault that this moran was flushing things he ought not be flushing.
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Originally Posted by bwvanh114
He pissed on his fuckin' rug.
It really pulled the room together.


I'm not charging him the full amount. I would be in the right to do it, but I'm a nice guy and I give special treatment to things that make me laugh.

The clid was probably wedged pretty good from the force of the water. The plumber (who is incredible and very reputable....I use him for a lot of things) tried to find it once the toilet was out and still couldn't. There are parts of a toilet where the water goes out that you can't see or get to with anything that could grap and yank.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
The plumber (who is incredible ...I use him for a lot of things)
Boom chick-a chick-a wah wah.
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