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When I was lifting off the old toilet a large chunk of plumbers putty/clay fell in the opening. (There was a huge amount under the toilet, and no wax that I could see.)

I tried using a vacuum to get it out and that just pushed it in deeper. I tried a "claw" extension grabber thingy, but it couldn't hold it.

Now it's deep enough I can barely see it.

What should I do?

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Your toilet drain can take pretty large piece of crap... how much putty could you have dropped in there? –  DMoore Feb 6 '14 at 3:28
I know that this will probably get removed and it is a good question, but that was pretty funny... –  Jack Feb 6 '14 at 3:37
Well I buy the normal container of plumber's putty at big box for 1.75 and it lasts like a couple years - and I do a lot of kitchen and bath stuff. I am thinking it would take 3-4 of said containers to have a putty turd big enough to get stuck. I need to see a pic here. –  DMoore Feb 6 '14 at 3:44
@DMoore Whoever installed the toilet used probably an entire 5lb tub of putty. But I managed to get the piece out using a long rod to slide it up (and then my hand), so I guess this question is moot. The reason I was concerned is that normal waste is all water soluble, but the putty is not, so I was worried it would just stay there (or lower down in the pipes). Same reason as not to flush wipes - they don't dissolve. –  Ariel Feb 6 '14 at 6:33
now can someone tell me if my kids' matchbox cars will dissolve in water. ;) –  Evil Elf Feb 11 '14 at 19:22

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