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DeeKayVB 02-23-2012 09:17 AM

Drain Cleaning Machine
 
I saw this in the HD website n wondering if it's a good investment. I have an older house n been having plumbing issues lately. Someone on this site just told me to quit the liquid plumbers!

Please share thoughts and experiences.

joecaption 02-23-2012 09:19 AM

Far better to get rid of the old cast iron pipes and make any needed corrections to plumbing then having to keep having to clean out the pipes.
PS you did not attach what it was you were thinking about buying.

DeeKayVB 02-23-2012 09:23 AM

It's the Rigid drain cleaner--I don't have a pic at the moment. I don't have enough plumbing skills to replace old pipes and wouldn't that involve tearing down walls?

joecaption 02-23-2012 09:35 AM

No clue, there are no pictures, no one knows if you have a crawl space of full basement, where the drain is that's cloging, first floor second floor?
Is this a slab house? Septic tank or city sewer.

CaptRandy 02-23-2012 06:59 PM

I use power washer with special hose and valve to clean drains.

joecaption 02-23-2012 07:19 PM

Call in a plumber to have a look if you do not know how to do it.

jschaben 02-23-2012 07:23 PM

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Originally Posted by DeeKayVB (Post 860998)
I saw this in the HD website n wondering if it's a good investment. I have an older house n been having plumbing issues lately. Someone on this site just told me to quit the liquid plumbers!

Please share thoughts and experiences.

Hi Kay , Is this the one your looking at?
http://www.amazon.com/Ridgid-34963-A...=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

I picked up one of these and works pretty well on the small stuff. Over about 2" though it isn't big enough to do the job. Just what kind of issues have you been having?:)

DeeKayVB 02-24-2012 04:39 PM

Yes, that's the one. I have a slow draining bathroom sink. Prior to that, I had a slow draining bathtub but that I fixed with liquid plumber. I was thinking about basic maintenance.

cleveman 02-24-2012 08:07 PM

As for the lav drain, you might want to just take off the trap and clean it out.

You look you have nice long hair. If you pull the strainer off the shower drain, you will find a big handful of it hanging in the drain. There might be an 8-12" wad of it hanging there. This can be cleaned every 3 months.

jschaben 02-24-2012 08:36 PM

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Originally Posted by DeeKayVB (Post 862260)
Yes, that's the one. I have a slow draining bathroom sink. Prior to that, I had a slow draining bathtub but that I fixed with liquid plumber. I was thinking about basic maintenance.

Hi Dee - I agree with cleveman, if the trap is accesible, it's just as easy and not much more mess by just removing the trap and cleaning it out. Also preferable to chemical treatment. About the only tools needed would be a couple of pair of waterpump pliers but most of the pvc fittings just need to be hand tightened anyway. The trap is the larger "U" shaped pipe under the sink, directly below the drain hole.:)

Did someone say POWER WASHER:eek:

DrHicks 02-24-2012 09:08 PM

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Originally Posted by DeeKayVB (Post 862260)
Yes, that's the one. I have a slow draining bathroom sink. Prior to that, I had a slow draining bathtub but that I fixed with liquid plumber. I was thinking about basic maintenance.

I've got one similar to that, except that it's powered by a drill. I've opened several drains with it. For what it is, and is supposed to do, it works pretty well.


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