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A plate has fallen down the back of the loo - how can I get it out?

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ahundredtimes Tue 28-Oct-08 17:26:55

And not just any plate - this is a plate painted by ME for dd's hair bands! I did it when she was painting a mug for dh- the man was so impressed he put it in the window. [preen]

It's annoying.

Now the cistern of the loo is built into a tongue and groove type wall affair, and can only be accessed from the top. The plate has fallen down, below the cistern, onto the floor below.

I can't reach it, nobody can reach it.

Any ideas?

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ahundredtimes Tue 28-Oct-08 17:35:30

This is a plate down the back of the loo. It is SERIOUS people.

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ahundredtimes Tue 28-Oct-08 17:36:49

It is a hair bobble plate too

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thesockmonsterofdoom Tue 28-Oct-08 17:37:05


thesockmonsterofdoom Tue 28-Oct-08 17:37:25

Oh sorry

missingtheaction Tue 28-Oct-08 17:41:12

i really can't visualise this either but presumably there is a plate sized slit at the back of the loo so do you have any long barbeque tongs you could fish down there with? or something involving a wire coathanger?

missingtheaction Tue 28-Oct-08 17:41:50

or one of those things the COmmunity Service people use for litter picking?

ahundredtimes Tue 28-Oct-08 17:42:07

The mug is so-so frankly, dd thinks it is a masterpiece. I have pointed out to her that MY PLATE made it to the front window, when her mug did not. [joke]

So you have like the loo seat jutting out of the wall you see, and behind it is the cistern, built into a tongue and groove wall. You have to remove a wood panel in the window ledge to get into the cistern.

Then down, down, down is the floor and the hair bobble plate.

I just saw a thread about a machine with pincer fingers sort of thing. I don't think it'd hold a plate though.

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thesockmonsterofdoom Tue 28-Oct-08 17:43:02

No I need a picture, on profile please.

ahundredtimes Tue 28-Oct-08 17:44:08

Wire coat hanger won't work, because you won't get a purchase on it.

I need to pick it up, and pull it up to the top.

Does this make any sense?

Barbeque tongs will be too short I think. But thank you for the thought.

I could just rip all the wood work away couldn't I? I could destroy the downstairs loo, but emerge triumphant with wood chip in my hair and holding the hair bobble plate.

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ahundredtimes Tue 28-Oct-08 17:44:36

Okay, hang on. I'll see if I can take one.

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SmileandWave Tue 28-Oct-08 17:44:41

You need one of these!!.

I think the hair bobble story is a cover up. You were trying to eat dinner and have a poo at the same time weren't you? wink

LostProphet Tue 28-Oct-08 17:45:46


I have no decent advice based on it being a hair bobble plate.

I am more interested on whether the PLATE was proudly displayed or the CUP?

SmileandWave Tue 28-Oct-08 17:46:05

Do you have any old dears nearby who might possess one? <<wild idea alert>>

dilemma456 Tue 28-Oct-08 17:46:31

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BitOfFun Tue 28-Oct-08 17:47:02

could you dangle a small child down there perhaps?

LostProphet Tue 28-Oct-08 17:47:02

Ah cross posts - the issue has been clarified.

I would go with the wood ripping tbh

ahundredtimes Tue 28-Oct-08 17:55:00

I have taken a photo - is it on my profile?

I can't think what I can use to get a grip [as it were]

Do you think those Help the Aged prongs will do it? Do they have a good grip? It keeps going on about keys, I don't want keys I WANT MY HAND PAINTED HAIR BOBBLE PLATE BACK.

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pania Tue 28-Oct-08 17:55:58

Use a vacuum cleaner hose?

LostProphet Tue 28-Oct-08 17:56:02

so where is it??

ahundredtimes Tue 28-Oct-08 17:57:05


So you see the blue bottle of Duck cleaner at the top? That was specially positioned by me to show where the panel you remove is. That is our entrance.

Then it's down there, behind the white tongue and groove wall, on the floor, behind the wainscoating.

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snigger Tue 28-Oct-08 17:57:38

How heavy is it?

<<lurking in quiet gratification that other people have weird problems too>>

thesockmonsterofdoom Tue 28-Oct-08 17:59:21

no idea, your going to have to destroy your (vey nice by the way) bathroom with a sledgehammer.

snigger Tue 28-Oct-08 17:59:27

Kudos on the impromptu Toilet Duck placement.

How the FECK did the plate get down there? Is it broken?

ahundredtimes Tue 28-Oct-08 17:59:29

Oh quite heavy.

I chose quite a large plate to paint.

It's got an edge that goes up though - to catch small escaping hair bobbles - so prongs would have something to hold on to, but I can't believe they could hold a plate?

Or a platter. [gets above oneself]

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