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Old 08-05-2009, 10:30 AM   #1
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cable in drain machine has small kinks, bad?

I have a 1/3 hp drain cleaning machine. The snake has two very small kinks in it (my bad) that are barely visible. I was able to complete a difficult grease cleanout despite the kinks.

My question is, should I replace this snake immediately? I do not know if these very slight kinks seriously weaken the cable or not. Again, you would not notice them if you did not know where to look.


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Old 08-05-2009, 11:58 AM   #2
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howdy, i have found that on one half inch and smaller cable, any kinks that can be straightened with pliars are ok. If you heat them and straighten them, there is a risk of the cable breaking at the kink and saying goodbye to you since it will be staying in the sewer line.....
Small kinks do not have be perfectly staightened --- the extra wobble in the cable will help clean the pipe walls... good luck


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