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Old 03-06-2012, 11:36 PM   #1
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First off plumbing and I don't get along very well. With that said I recently redid a floor in my bathroom as well as replacing the old toilet and sink.

I replaced the toilet and took the paper towels I had out to plug the waste hole while I tiled the floor.

I haven't used the shower in there for about 3 days while the tiles/grout set. After it did I went to take a shower and the tub won't drain. I find it drains VERY slowly. I tried to plunge it after taking the overflow plate off putting a rag in there. I've tried to snake it and get about 2 feet in before I can't get the snake in anymore and it comes up clean every time. I've also tried to snake the drain and it's clean. I don't understand why all of a sudden it won't drain?

I haven't used it for a few days other than to fill a bucket for water for the tile but I didn't dump it down the drain. When I plug it I did get some stuff up but mostly sand type material. Nothing big or chunky. I've tried hard to push the snake past the 2 foot mark but just can't get it to go father (it's a 20 ft hand spun drum type). Any ideas before I call a plumber?


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How old is the house?

What type of drains? Copper--PVC--cast iron?

Can you get at the plumbing from below?

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When you take off the 'overflow plate', it should include the drain stopper linkage. It's about 18 inches long and is connected to back of overflow plate. The up/down 'switch' or manual stopper lets the tub fill up for baths or drain in opposite position.

If it broke off from corrosion or slipped off, it might not be connected to linkage on stopper. It would keep tub from draining. You may have to hook up a wire (like old style coat hanger) and fish it out to examine. While it's out, tub will drain and not be able to be filled with water.
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I have (from looking and touching it) a cast iron drain pipe. The house was built in the 50's but where this tub is is a new addition to the house and I don't know when it was put on. As far as access to the bottom of this tub it have very little access. Where the new addition meets the old house there is an opening about 18 inches and this is where the plumbing goes through.

When I took the overflow out the entire mechanism came out with it. Including the stop to fill the tub with water.
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How old is the house?

What type of drains? Copper--PVC--cast iron?

Can you get at the plumbing from below?
Out of curiousity where in the country is copper used for drains? I never heard of that...
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Not likely, but you may have a drum/bucket trap under the tub. Only way to tell is to look under the tub. You can't get a cable through that kind of trap.
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Out of curiousity where in the country is copper used for drains? I never heard of that...
It was popular here (Illinois) from the early 1960s until around 1978 when PVC was accepted as code---

It's still used in some commercial and high rise installs.
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Out of curiousity where in the country is copper used for drains? I never heard of that...
here in pa as oh mike said 50s 60s used copper drains....nice when you have to replace them..price of scrap copper 3.00 a pound...
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If I ever learn to post pictures---I have a good one---there must have been two rolls of duct tape holding back the sewage---copper is a bad choice for drains in my opinion--

We scrapped the job on a Saturday morning and I told my helper to toss the stuff into his van and keep the money---He got $140---for the scrap---they paid full price for the sludge and that grey tape--
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If I ever learn to post pictures---I have a good one---there must have been two rolls of duct tape holding back the sewage---copper is a bad choice for drains in my opinion--

We scrapped the job on a Saturday morning and I told my helper to toss the stuff into his van and keep the money---He got $140---for the scrap---they paid full price for the sludge and that grey tape--
just learned not bad at all....still have trouble with size.
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Wow that is one antique miltimeter. That should be in a museum lol. We been using ABS here in LA for the duration of my career. I was thinking about moving to North Dakota cause of the oil strike but between the copper drains and the using hot water as space heat im gonna have to be an apprentice...
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Had this problem with my tub this weekend, and I ended up running a power snake down my lavatory drain since it's upstream of the tub. It was much easier than the other times I ran it down the tub drain, and it seemed to unclog a little more quickly this way.


You may need to run a power snake in there. Your hand spun auger is probably not thick enough to push around a corner without kinking it.

You can rent one if you feel up to the task.
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I've tried almost everything I can think of. I even tried using baking soda and vinegar to try clearing the drain and I still get very slow moving water to where it looks like its standing water. Any other last ditch efforts I should try before I call a plumber?

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