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Old 11-11-2007, 05:21 PM   #16
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The acid should only eat organic material.. My main concern would be any other drain cleaners you already have in the pipe.

But it works so good the one time that I did use it that I pulled the label off the empty bottle and pasted it to the tool box lid where I keep my plumbing tools and copper fittings.

My other suggestion would be the hose end pipe clearing fittings that work off the water pressure. Swells up when the water is on and builds up a pressure to push the clog out assuming its not roots etc. I have gotten these pretty far down a 1 1/4" pipe and if you can get it past the vent it may clean it out. Just need to be wary of any chemicals already in the pipe from previous attempts.

Let me know how it turns out for ya.

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Old 11-11-2007, 09:37 PM   #17
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Any acid based chemical is not good. Non acidic drain openers rarley ever work and there real purpose is to maintain a clean drain after clearing it with the snake.

You could try a hand snake with a 1/4" cable but you might want to cut off the stupid bulb head it comes with and bend the end at a 45 degree angle or curl it slightly. I have an ericson crawl head wich is alittle different but I only use it for special situations. Any pistol grip style machine with a 1/4" cable is the tool in need here. I have a General Super V and a Rigid K-38. These are expensive though for one time use.

Or call a drain cleaning company, usualy the snakes at most rental yards are used and abused and they are odd sizes that no pro really uses.

Any reputable company should offer a guarantee and get through that lav sink drain fairly easy. Hopefully there are no striaght tee's!
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Any acid based chemical is not good. Non acidic drain openers rarley ever work and there real purpose is to maintain a clean drain after clearing it with the snake.

You could try a hand snake with a 1/4" cable but you might want to cut off the stupid bulb head it comes with and bend the end at a 45 degree angle or curl it slightly. I have an ericson crawl head wich is alittle different but I only use it for special situations. Any pistol grip style machine with a 1/4" cable is the tool in need here. I have a General Super V and a Rigid K-38. These are expensive though for one time use.

Or call a drain cleaning company, usualy the snakes at most rental yards are used and abused and they are odd sizes that no pro really uses.

Any reputable company should offer a guarantee and get through that lav sink drain fairly easy. Hopefully there are no striaght tee's!

I have a hand snake with a plastic sleeve. First, I am assuming remove the plastic sleeve. Next why remove the bulb? Third, how much to bend the end of the snake?
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Old 11-12-2007, 08:04 AM   #19
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OK, the hand auger (snake) I can only get to go a foot or so. The snake makes an immediate left hand turn, goes a little bit and then stops. It does not go down. This is not an obstruction it is the pipe. I have hand twisted in a circular motion, I have bend (slightly) the snake, but i cannot get it to go down.
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ROTO ROOTER At this point is is clear that this problem is way beyond a simple "snake it" and done. With all the effort etc you are going thru with NO results it is going to be way way cheaper and easier to just call and get em out there
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It is possible then that your drainpipe straight tees into a stack. Do you think it might be possible to go onto the roof and snake it from the vent?
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Old 11-12-2007, 04:21 PM   #22
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I got it! Thanks to everyone and especially "That One Guy". When I cut the bulb head off of my snake I noticed I had a lot more maneuverability. I was able to quickly get it down to clog. And I was pulling out tufts of hair. Once I punched through the clog the rancid water in the pipe drained through allowing me to send a healthy does of hair clog removal gel. Anything that i was putting down the pipe was never getting anywhere near the clog because there was so much water left in there. So again, thanks to everyone!
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Good news! Glad I could help.

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