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Old 01-18-2012, 05:03 PM   #1
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House built in mid 80's, shower stall, drain is only about 2 1/2 " wide. Strange thing is the inside of the drain appears concrete like. I would have expected pvc material, not concrete.

Thing is, with drain being sluggish, I thought to snake it. have a cheapo HD snake (plastic), and whenever I put the plastic snake down there, the rough concrete drain walls kinda rough up my snake (not that that is my main concern, just that I think this is unusual, and hindering my snaking).

Is this normal? Also, could I rent from HD a real snaker? Do they come with different diameter attachments?
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Old 01-18-2012, 05:12 PM   #2
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A picture would help----Rental places have all sizes of snakes for rent---that's a 2" drain (should be anyway) so a small unit will do the job----

I'm curious about that drain----that new of a house would typically have PVC---
Is this going into a concrete slab or a framed floor??

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Thaks, Mike! Yeah, I did take 3 pictures- all came out out of focus....dang. yes, its a slab base/floor. Maybe I could try chipping away at the walls some? hate to have a chunk of concrete fall down the drain, causing MORE trouble, eh?
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you know, Mike, it just hit me- that "concrete" is probably just calciumated (a word?) crud over 25+ yrs, from al the hard water right? I bet some strong muriatic acid (50/50) would dislodge that real good, eh? heck, that alone may also take care of the junk farther down......
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Do not dump chemicals in the drain----if you end up using a snake---you will now be working in an acid pit--

Besides--the chemicals seldom work any way---get a small power snake---should have a drill like handle and a small drum---Mike---
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good point- but dont worry (although, I appreciate your concern/warning), I am very experienced in acid- I would firstly have flushed the hydrochloric all down with slow trickle of water for 10-15 min before any work, maybe with some sod bicarb too to neutralize. Still, snake first is a smart plan.

I'll let you know what happens (may be the weekend).
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Do not dump chemicals in the drain----if you end up using a snake---you will now be working in an acid pit--

Besides--the chemicals seldom work any way---get a small power snake---should have a drill like handle and a small drum---Mike---

The issue with chemicals is apart from the safety , It can really do a number on your plumbing, yes even plastic, you can break that scum you see around the drain then pull it back with a wet vac, then cable the line while running water through the line.
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The issue with chemicals is apart from the safety , It can really do a number on your plumbing, yes even plastic, you can break that scum you see around the drain then pull it back with a wet vac, then cable the line while running water through the line.
OK, more good tips on snaking.....I didnt know about running water while doing it.

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