If you’ve got a toy stuck in the toilet (or anything else), and you have tried a closet auger with no success, the next step is to pull the toilet. This isn’t as hard as you may think as long as you follow these step by step instructions.
By the way, if you haven’t already read it, you may want to checkout Part 1 of this lesson before you go much further:
Before you get started you need to have a few supplies. Here’s what you need: a new wax ring (you can get one at any hardware store), an adjustable wrench, a putty knife, a pair of needle nose pliers, a pair of Channel Lock type pliers, a flashlight. It might also be helpful to get a small inspection mirror from an auto parts store, but you may not need this.
OK let’s get started:
-Plunge the toilet and flush a few times to clean it out. Be patient, if there is a lot of toilet paper blocking the toilet you may need to plunge and flush for a little while to get the gross stuff out. (Sometimes, even after lots of plunging his may not be possible depending on the size and shape of the toy. If not, this is going to be ugly.)
-Turn the water off to the toilet
-Flush the toilet and hold the handle down to get all the water possible out of the tank
-Plunge the bowl to get as much water out as possible. If this isn’t possible just go to the next step
-Get some rubber gloves and a sponge and soak the rest of the water out of the tank and bowl. (If you weren’t able to plunge the bowl clear this will be the worst part of the whole job.)
-Disconnect the water line where it connects to the tank.
-Pop off the plastic bolt covers with a putty knife (if there are covers). Pay attention to how amy washers and spacers arte situated.
-Remove the nuts (pay attention to how any washers are situated).
-Rock the toilet back and forth a little and pull it up and off the floor.
-Now lean the toilet back onto the tank (carefully) so you can see inside the bottom.
-If you can see the toy, try to remove it. Your needle nose or Channel Lock pliers might come in handy here.
-If you can’t get it out try using a closet auger to push it backwards from the bottom. If you don’t know what a closet auger is, it’s a special tool to unclog toilets. You can get one at most hardware stores.
-Sometimes, if you can’t see what’s blocking the toilet, it helps to use a little mirror to look up inside the toilet (you can get one at the auto parts store)
-Once you get the toy (or whatever) out, scrape all the old wax off both the bowl and the floor flange with your putty knife.
-Put a new wax ring down and carefully replace the toilet, making sure to get the bolts lined up.
_Push the toilet down with a slightly twisting motion to squeeze the wax until it rests solidly on the floor.
-Now put the nuts and washers back the way they were. Be careful to tighten the nuts evenly and slowly so you don’t crack the china
-Next, connect the water back up and test everything for leaks.
_Flush some wadded up toilet paper through a few times to make sure everything works.
-Finally, pat yourself on the back, you just saved a good bit of money.