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Drain snake opinion? (by Jason [MI]) Feb 13, 2019 3:09 PM
       Drain snake opinion? (by BobbyT [IL]) Feb 13, 2019 3:25 PM
       Drain snake opinion? (by CX [WA]) Feb 13, 2019 3:27 PM
       Drain snake opinion? (by del [MD]) Feb 13, 2019 3:37 PM
       Drain snake opinion? (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Feb 13, 2019 3:51 PM
       Drain snake opinion? (by Deanna [TX]) Feb 13, 2019 3:55 PM
       Drain snake opinion? (by Jason [MI]) Feb 13, 2019 3:56 PM
       Drain snake opinion? (by David [MI]) Feb 13, 2019 4:09 PM
       Drain snake opinion? (by Robert J [CA]) Feb 13, 2019 5:25 PM
       Drain snake opinion? (by Smokowna [MD]) Feb 13, 2019 6:32 PM
       Drain snake opinion? (by #22 [MO]) Feb 13, 2019 6:35 PM
       Drain snake opinion? (by DJ [VA]) Feb 13, 2019 7:09 PM
       Drain snake opinion? (by don [PA]) Feb 13, 2019 9:28 PM
       Drain snake opinion? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Feb 13, 2019 9:30 PM
       Drain snake opinion? (by Wilma [PA]) Feb 14, 2019 12:04 PM

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Drain snake opinion? (by Jason [MI]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2019 3:09 PM
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I have had enuff spending 100 bucks a pop to get a basement drain that backs up cleaned that takes 5 min. Anyone have any recommendation as to what snake to buy? From what i read 1/2 horse for 2 to 4 inch line's. Was looking at rigid auto feed 1/2 75 feet for about 700.. Or off brand 1/2 50 ft for 250

--107.242.xxx.x




Drain snake opinion? (by BobbyT [IL]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2019 3:25 PM
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Harbor Freight, baby --107.77.xxx.x




Drain snake opinion? (by CX [WA]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2019 3:27 PM
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Is it the same drain that frequently needs cleanout? What keeps coming up?

So you are wanting to start doing this to save money? My recommendation is to rent one first, try it out and see how you like it. Might start to seem worth 100 bucks a pop. --174.21.xxx.xx




Drain snake opinion? (by del [MD]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2019 3:37 PM
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Jason (MI) When using a drain snake for the first time, be very careful of your work gloves "snagging" or catching on the cable. Maybe use a slick coated fabric work glove?

Watching some Yootube videos may help. --157.204.x.x




Drain snake opinion? (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2019 3:51 PM
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Often on internet sites it is possible to buy a good used plumbers grade drain snake. Had a Rigid drain snake which was paid off with the first use then used a few times over the years. Check out videos on You Tube on how to use drain snake as this is industrial piece of equipment that requires care with following safety procedures. --147.194.xxx.xx




Drain snake opinion? (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2019 3:55 PM
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Be very cautious. In our town, we have clay pipes, and it's easy for an inexperienced person to smash a hole through them by accident. So be sure of what kind of pipes you'll be routing. --166.137.xxx.xx




Drain snake opinion? (by Jason [MI]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2019 3:56 PM
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I have probably 10 that i need to snake twice a year. My handyman is going to be doing it. They are clay drains. --107.242.xxx.x




Drain snake opinion? (by David [MI]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2019 4:09 PM
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"I have had enuff spending 100 bucks a pop to get a basement drain that backs up cleaned that takes 5 min."

That is exactly what I spend for a plumber to snake a basement drain. It is worth every penny because I don't pay until they unclog it (unless line is collapsed, then its KA-CHING for them). They have the heavy duty equipment costs four figures and the experience from doing it every day.

also, if you have drains that need to snake that often, if it is tree roots , try using the chemicals that kill the roots. --50.4.xxx.x




Drain snake opinion? (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2019 5:25 PM
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I am a licensed plumbing contractor with around $40,000 worth of drain cleaning machines. There are machines that take different sized cables for different sized drain lines. For example:

A hand electric snake can take 1/4" and 5/16" drain cables from 25' to 35' in length. Theses are good for 1-1/4", 1-1/2" and 2" drain lines.

Then there are machines that can hold 3/8" cables from 35' to 75' in length. These cables are good for 2" to 3" drain lines, not for roots.

Then there are machines that hold 1/2" cables good for 3" to 4" lines.

Then there are machines that hold 5/8" to 3/4" cables for drain lines 3" to 6" and can hold 75' to 100' length cables.

If you are sending a snake cable down a sink, tub or shower with a trap, then you may need a special end of your snake to get around the trap. Clean outs and roof vents are easy to operate.

It's not so much the machine as it's the cable, size and end with experience..... I've lent friends my older machines that have seen me clean out their drains before. I even let them try my machines for them selves. Of course, by them selves they either get the cable stuck or kink the cable.

For sinks, tub and shower I'd get a 1/4" cable around 35' in length. Even Home Depot sells a Ryobi 18 volt snake with 1/4" cable, but only 25'. They work well because you can lock the cable in the machine and apply force to the stoppage.

Good luck. --47.156.xx.xx




Drain snake opinion? (by Smokowna [MD]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2019 6:32 PM
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I have the Rigid which you described. I buy them used for 100 to 150.

Most times they are in mint condition. This is what people buy and use for a couple years until they get their main line replaced.

Here is an off brand for 150

washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/tls/d/fairfax-electric-drain-cleaner-snake/6815363195.html --96.241.xx.xx




Drain snake opinion? (by #22 [MO]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2019 6:35 PM
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As my plumber said: I'll let the other guys expose themselves to HIV, hepatitis and all the other wonderful stuff in raw sewage... as they said in harold and Kumar escape Guantanamo bay..... enjoy!! --173.24.xxx.xxx




Drain snake opinion? (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2019 7:09 PM
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Man, I WISH I only had to pay $100. to clear a drain! It's $200+ --68.10.xxx.x




Drain snake opinion? (by don [PA]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2019 9:28 PM
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what are you gonna do if you get the cable stuck? --73.141.xxx.xxx




Drain snake opinion? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2019 9:30 PM
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Jason,

I hear a problem with the line.

Time to send a camera down the tube and know where to repair.

So what did they pull out of each cleaning?

Habe you seen Clog Hog and hydrojetting on YouTube? Thatís what my city uses on the main lines

Clay tiles can crack and chunks fall down. Orangeburg pipe collapses with age. PVC pipe bows and dips as dirt shifts. Cars driving above the lines will crush them.

My handyman saiid the day I asked him to snake a sewer line would be last I would see him. Drain yes, sewer no.

BRAD --73.102.xxx.xxx




Drain snake opinion? (by Wilma [PA]) Posted on: Feb 14, 2019 12:04 PM
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Sorry. The first thing that I thought of was the second Harry Potter book with the giant snake (Basilisk) in the plumbing. I've hung around my kids too much. Carry on! --71.175.xxx.xx



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