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Old 06-05-2007, 01:22 PM   #1
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I am doing the happy dance..I Finally got the tub drain cleared, whew!!!


I was going nuts, with snakes and plungers, after a dumbass friend asked to use my shower, and let a small stopper go down the drain, Even after I warned him to but the catch basket in the drain first.. and warned that the small rubber stopper that was there, may go down the drain because it was the wrong size...( his reply was, damn, waddya think I'm an idiot?.

(famous last words) Needless to say my friend left and the next day the shower was clogged. My so called friend disapeared and so did the stopper, ( I searched everwhere), which only proved one thing, yup, he is an idiot...

Well anyway, I procedded to fix the clog on my own, I read how to put a wet cloth over the overfill and how you need to block up all areas so that you are not plunging "air, into the drain"... well nothing worked, I snaked for days, I also took the sink apart too, because water was backing up into the tub, when I used it, with what looked like raw sewerage and was totally gross, my poor body and fingers were broken, and this went on for longer than I care to admit. Well, TODAY I FINALLY GOT IT CLEARED, GUESS WHAT DID IT..after giving it what I figured was my last hope. all it took was, a mere 2 or 3 PLUNGES...and A RUBBER exam GLOVE, HELD OVER THE HOLE where the drain assembly mechanism is located.... this worked better, INSTEAD OF A WET CLOTH, held over it..because AIR WAS STILL GETTING THROUGH THE WET CLOTH, NO MATTER HOW MUCH I COVERED IT WITH MY HAND or whatever I could think of.... BUT THE GLOVE HAD NO WEAVE IN IT, SO NO AIR COULD PENETRATE IT,
Amazing huh, the ol' rubber glove trick, I guess any sort of rubber that is large enough to cover the hole and then some would work.... I also stuffed the hole with a wet rag first, and held it in place with the glove and my hand pressed firmly over it. Boy you could hear and feel the difference right away.. you could tell no air was getting into the pipe, and then, bingo, movement....Felt like I had delivered a baby....Tears of joy and All....

Nutin' like the sight & sound of running water going down a clear drain.
I sure hope this helps others, It was like a miracle...Oh, btw, I never did find the stopper and still haven't seen my SO CALLED FRIEND, don't plan on it either... Moral of the story is always go with your gut instinct and don't trust people who say "Waddya think I'm an idiot?".... because they most likely are! Duhhhhhh!!!
Well I am off to take a nice long shower, have a nice day people....

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Old 06-05-2007, 03:59 PM   #2
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so exactly how to do it?

cover the overflow with rubber? then push/pull with those pump type stick which used to clear toilet ?

just want to learn the technique in case one day I need it...

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push/pull with those pump type stick
That left a funny image in my brain
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That left a funny image in my brain
Yeah that is funny , just don't put a condom on the stick
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Powdered exam glove?

Good solve!
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Just use the plunger over the bath tub drain, and the rubber glove and wet rag stuffed in the upper hole (in the tub)...

( I also closed the drain in the sink also make sure you stuff the overflow hole in the sink...with a wet rag...(the little tiny hole as well.).

I proceded to stuff the hole above the drain... in the bath tub, where normally you would have the mechanism to open and shut the drain, stopper and all,,(I removed the entire mechanism first.. Top and bottom parts), then I made sure I had plenty of Hot water in the tub, I was standing (crouching down ) in the tub barefoot and then
I covered the upper hole (that was stuffed with the wet rag) with the rubber glove, so that no air could get in the pipe whatsoever.

I used my entire hand to cover the hole and applied pressure and at the same time while holding the glove over the hole (with my left hand) .. I used the plunger with a few fierce trusts (up and down with my right hand) and I instantly could feel the suction working then all of a sudden... one massive trust and boooom,,,, it all went bye bye,,,and now its, gone but not forgotton..Boy,,, What a relief... .. unbelievable... Not bad for a Girl, huh?

I took a 15 minute shower aftewards and not one bit of water remained in the tub, it all drained instantly....it was fantastic... I will never forget this remedy, and hope It can help someone else out there.. Good LucK
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The only question left is....

Where on the planet did that little stopper go??
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Sammy, ladiies don't care about the details... when things work... they don't care....
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The only question left is....

Where on the planet did that little stopper go??
I could think of a couple of good places that I would like it to travel to:


#1. It would be great if it made its way to the Idiot's bath tub drain.
which is right around the corner

#2. Into his Stupid big fat mouth.

#3. I prefer not to mention, but these fonts may give you an
indication, of where I would like it to be (.) (I) or (Y)...lol
right in his very own "rearend" drainpipe , to back up his
system for awhile

Butt, serious, I believe it is currently in the sewer waste system, traveling on its merry way to stopper heaven ..thank God
(I am pretty sure it went down the main 4 inch waste line,
which is much larger than the pipe it was caught in...and is located behind the wall where the tub, toilet and sink waste lines all meet,
I just pray it doesen't ever decide to come back fo a visit,
I seriously doubt, it though, everything is still all clear,,,
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May be in the "Finding Nimo 2nd", we will see the small "stop" in the big screen....
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Sammy, ladiies don't care about the details... when things work... they don't care....
Kui****g,
You stated " Ladies, Don't care about details???
HELLO **I am the one who is going into details here,.duh!!
If I went into anymore detail, I would be writing a book, lol

Really now~~~, I put down so much detail about how I
unclogged the drain, its actually boring, at this point
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Powdered exam glove?

Good solve!
Thanks Sammy,
Amazing huh, I saved myself hundreds of Dollar$,
with a plunger and one rubber Glove....
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May be in the "Finding Nimo 2nd", we will see the small "stop" in the big screen....
I like your way of thinking
It would be nice to get royalties though...
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And just think...

You have the other glove left for next time!

[If ya need it]
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I am doing the happy dance..I Finally got the tub drain cleared, whew!!!


I am now fearless if and when it ever happens again..
Man if I could move that stopper, I could move Mountains...

I am actually hoping for someone to to tell me they have a clog,
Just so I can show off my new glove trick....lol

Have a nice day, Sammy

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