The girlfriend's 4 year old monster/son has broken off the bathroom sink's
plug chain and then posted it down the sink overflow.
I have just spent an hour trying to retrieve it to but no luck so far. The
overflow is internal to the ceramics of the sink so there are no bits I can
remove to get at the chain. I did hook some of the chain up earlier but it
snapped when pulled and so half is still left down the overflow.
Any ideas please.
1. Get a new girl-friend :-)
2. No idea how you can remove it. Have you tried a small magnet on a
wire, or similar? Maybe remove U-bend etc and attack from below?
3. Prob worth testing the overflow (fill up sink or pour straight into
overflow) and see whether the flow rate is noticeably restricted. I doubt
it is - and in any case modern sink overflows can't cope with modern water
pressure / tap-flow.
4. In extremis, is this a potential ins claim?
HTH, if only slightly,
I realised that, but (as Keith has said) it may be possible to get at it
Maybe net-curtain wire, per the freezer-water thread, but with a hook
screwed in the end...?
Plus your time, redecorating / re-tiling the surrounding area etc...? But I
agree - I'm not one for trivial ins claims either.
Sorry - run out of ideas, unless back flushing is feasible in the hope the
chain will dislodge then fall all the way down to the outlet.
What is it (the chain) made of? eg chromium plated brass / stainless steel.
It may be possible to remove the material chemically. However, the
chemicals needed are extremely hazardous and will need proper disposal
and will need to be kept in contact with the chain for possibly
hours..The good news is, of course, that glazed ceramics are reasonably
If it is possible to retrieve the end again and make electrical contact
to it, other (much less hazardous) chemicals can be used. The outlet is
sealed as before (but with an electrode) and just a little electrolyte
added. Each time the current falls, more electrolyte can be added,
ensuring that the material is removed from the bottom up and hence all
is removed..It should all be gone in an hour.
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