11:58AM | 07/22/04
Member Since: 07/21/04
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Hidey ho, neighbors. My bathtub's been draining very slowly for about 2 weeks. I looked in the crawl space underneath this 50 year old house and the area below the tub has about 10 inches between the ground and floor; pretty near impossible to get to. I tried various suggestions, like baking soda and vinegar, coat hanger, and then I started plunging it. That seemed to help a little. It took about a 10 minute shower before ya got ankle deep in water instead of 5 minutes. So I figured, hey, I'm on a roll, let's plunge some more, Now it doesn't drain at all. I need to get this clear fast. Any suggestions?


02:29PM | 07/22/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Welcome Chris and Hidey Ho back at'cha! :)

I'm not a plumber, but I've had good luck using one of these.

It's a small snake auger that I've used to clear hair clogs out of showers many times.

It's a fairly long spring-like thingie that fits into a drum about 6" in diameter. Its length has always been way more than I've ever needed (it may be 25'(?) but clogs are often fairly close to the drain).

You turn the whole thing using a 1/4" drill--which I really like because I can use a variable speed CORDLESS drill driver. This is important because when you use it, you run water--and I don't like the idea of using a 120v drill with water around me.

Anyway, I've had this for many years so I don't recall the cost, but it wasn't much. If anything they've probably improved since then--but I recommend it. Certainly better than a coat hanger--as because the snake turns, it gets around the bend and does a much better job.


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