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Stopped Up Drain Fix

Post by Roadmaster » Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:17 am

We have drain problems from time to time. Boiling water and/or vinegar and baking soda usually works. Yesterday the sink was plugged and nothing seemed to be working. What did work was taking the trap off and using my wet and dry vac to suck out the blockage. Easier and quicker than renting a drain snake.
Your drainage may vary.
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Re: Stopped Up Drain Fix

Post by hugodrax » Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:27 am

My drainage does vary. Our house was built in 1882, so that means the plumbing is rather medieval. One of the best purchases I ever made was a drain snake.

I'm really glad that wet vac worked for you. The delights of home ownership never cease. Nothing quite like mucking out one's own stable.
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Re: Stopped Up Drain Fix

Post by sweetandsour » Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:35 am

Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:17 am
We have drain problems from time to time. Boiling water and/or vinegar and baking soda usually works. Yesterday the sink was plugged and nothing seemed to be working. What did work was taking the trap off and using my wet and dry vac to suck out the blockage. Easier and quicker than renting a drain snake.
Your drainage may vary.
You're welcome.
My initial thought:. Wet-dry vac is a good idea if you pretty much know what the exact problem is. But be careful pulling a vacuum on your drain line otherwise, I would think.
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Re: Stopped Up Drain Fix

Post by Roadmaster » Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:57 am

sweetandsour wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:35 am
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:17 am
We have drain problems from time to time. Boiling water and/or vinegar and baking soda usually works. Yesterday the sink was plugged and nothing seemed to be working. What did work was taking the trap off and using my wet and dry vac to suck out the blockage. Easier and quicker than renting a drain snake.
Your drainage may vary.
Your welcome.
My initial thought:. Wet-dry vac is a good idea if you pretty much know what the exact problem is. But be careful pulling a vacuum on your drain line otherwise, I would think.
My pipes are all PVC so it should be OK. Guess it could cause problems if it wasn't.
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Re: Stopped Up Drain Fix

Post by Hovannes » Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:03 am

Living with two damsels having long tresses, I all too often engage in drain combat. I've found the Drain King to be the quickest, less messy solution. Snakes are excellent of course, I had over 200' of snake when I was in charge of maintenance for an apartment complex, but for my own home the Drain King is what I used to achieve shower drain nirvana.

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Re: Stopped Up Drain Fix

Post by Del » Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:11 pm

Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:57 am
sweetandsour wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:35 am
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:17 am
We have drain problems from time to time. Boiling water and/or vinegar and baking soda usually works. Yesterday the sink was plugged and nothing seemed to be working. What did work was taking the trap off and using my wet and dry vac to suck out the blockage. Easier and quicker than renting a drain snake.
Your drainage may vary.
You're welcome.
My initial thought:. Wet-dry vac is a good idea if you pretty much know what the exact problem is. But be careful pulling a vacuum on your drain line otherwise, I would think.
My pipes are all PVC so it should be OK. Guess it could cause problems if it wasn't.
RM was smart enough to disconnect the trap and see what he was doing.

I would be dumb enough to rig a plunger bulb to the sink drain, thus to find the weakest link in the sealed system.

Nothing beats a good bottle of drain snake, most of the time.
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Re: Stopped Up Drain Fix

Post by Roadmaster » Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:51 pm

Del wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:11 pm
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:57 am
sweetandsour wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:35 am
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:17 am
We have drain problems from time to time. Boiling water and/or vinegar and baking soda usually works. Yesterday the sink was plugged and nothing seemed to be working. What did work was taking the trap off and using my wet and dry vac to suck out the blockage. Easier and quicker than renting a drain snake.
Your drainage may vary.
You're welcome.
My initial thought:. Wet-dry vac is a good idea if you pretty much know what the exact problem is. But be careful pulling a vacuum on your drain line otherwise, I would think.
My pipes are all PVC so it should be OK. Guess it could cause problems if it wasn't.
RM was smart enough to disconnect the trap and see what he was doing.

I would be dumb enough to rig a plunger bulb to the sink drain, thus to find the weakest link in the sealed system.

Nothing beats a good bottle of drain snake, most of the time.
Our here in the sticks I try to avoid anything harsh as we have a septic tank.
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Re: Stopped Up Drain Fix

Post by Del » Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:54 pm

Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:51 pm
Del wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:11 pm
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:57 am
sweetandsour wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:35 am
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:17 am
We have drain problems from time to time. Boiling water and/or vinegar and baking soda usually works. Yesterday the sink was plugged and nothing seemed to be working. What did work was taking the trap off and using my wet and dry vac to suck out the blockage. Easier and quicker than renting a drain snake.
Your drainage may vary.
You're welcome.
My initial thought:. Wet-dry vac is a good idea if you pretty much know what the exact problem is. But be careful pulling a vacuum on your drain line otherwise, I would think.
My pipes are all PVC so it should be OK. Guess it could cause problems if it wasn't.
RM was smart enough to disconnect the trap and see what he was doing.

I would be dumb enough to rig a plunger bulb to the sink drain, thus to find the weakest link in the sealed system.

Nothing beats a good bottle of drain snake, most of the time.
Our here in the sticks I try to avoid anything harsh as we have a septic tank.
Another example of how I could be dumber than a box of rocks.
"Utter frogshit from start to finish." - Onyx

"Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you." - Eph 4

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Re: Stopped Up Drain Fix

Post by Roadmaster » Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:03 pm

Del wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:54 pm
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:51 pm
Del wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:11 pm
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:57 am
sweetandsour wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:35 am
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:17 am
We have drain problems from time to time. Boiling water and/or vinegar and baking soda usually works. Yesterday the sink was plugged and nothing seemed to be working. What did work was taking the trap off and using my wet and dry vac to suck out the blockage. Easier and quicker than renting a drain snake.
Your drainage may vary.
You're welcome.
My initial thought:. Wet-dry vac is a good idea if you pretty much know what the exact problem is. But be careful pulling a vacuum on your drain line otherwise, I would think.
My pipes are all PVC so it should be OK. Guess it could cause problems if it wasn't.
RM was smart enough to disconnect the trap and see what he was doing.

I would be dumb enough to rig a plunger bulb to the sink drain, thus to find the weakest link in the sealed system.

Nothing beats a good bottle of drain snake, most of the time.
Our here in the sticks I try to avoid anything harsh as we have a septic tank.
Another example of how I could be dumber than a box of rocks.
You are anything but dumb.
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Re: Stopped Up Drain Fix

Post by hugodrax » Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:31 pm

Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:03 pm
Del wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:54 pm
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:51 pm
Del wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:11 pm
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:57 am
sweetandsour wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:35 am
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:17 am
We have drain problems from time to time. Boiling water and/or vinegar and baking soda usually works. Yesterday the sink was plugged and nothing seemed to be working. What did work was taking the trap off and using my wet and dry vac to suck out the blockage. Easier and quicker than renting a drain snake.
Your drainage may vary.
You're welcome.
My initial thought:. Wet-dry vac is a good idea if you pretty much know what the exact problem is. But be careful pulling a vacuum on your drain line otherwise, I would think.
My pipes are all PVC so it should be OK. Guess it could cause problems if it wasn't.
RM was smart enough to disconnect the trap and see what he was doing.

I would be dumb enough to rig a plunger bulb to the sink drain, thus to find the weakest link in the sealed system.

Nothing beats a good bottle of drain snake, most of the time.
Our here in the sticks I try to avoid anything harsh as we have a septic tank.
Another example of how I could be dumber than a box of rocks.
You are anything but dumb.
So he's a box of rocks? :dance: :D
Etiam mihi opinio anserem perirent.

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Re: Stopped Up Drain Fix

Post by Roadmaster » Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:54 pm

hugodrax wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:31 pm
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:03 pm
Del wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:54 pm
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:51 pm
Del wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:11 pm
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:57 am
sweetandsour wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:35 am
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:17 am
We have drain problems from time to time. Boiling water and/or vinegar and baking soda usually works. Yesterday the sink was plugged and nothing seemed to be working. What did work was taking the trap off and using my wet and dry vac to suck out the blockage. Easier and quicker than renting a drain snake.
Your drainage may vary.
You're welcome.
My initial thought:. Wet-dry vac is a good idea if you pretty much know what the exact problem is. But be careful pulling a vacuum on your drain line otherwise, I would think.
My pipes are all PVC so it should be OK. Guess it could cause problems if it wasn't.
RM was smart enough to disconnect the trap and see what he was doing.

I would be dumb enough to rig a plunger bulb to the sink drain, thus to find the weakest link in the sealed system.

Nothing beats a good bottle of drain snake, most of the time.
Our here in the sticks I try to avoid anything harsh as we have a septic tank.
Another example of how I could be dumber than a box of rocks.
You are anything but dumb.
So he's a box of rocks? :dance: :D
Have I been declared a hostile witness?
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Re: Stopped Up Drain Fix

Post by hugodrax » Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:58 pm

Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:54 pm
hugodrax wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:31 pm
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:03 pm
Del wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:54 pm
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:51 pm
Del wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:11 pm
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:57 am
sweetandsour wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:35 am
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:17 am
We have drain problems from time to time. Boiling water and/or vinegar and baking soda usually works. Yesterday the sink was plugged and nothing seemed to be working. What did work was taking the trap off and using my wet and dry vac to suck out the blockage. Easier and quicker than renting a drain snake.
Your drainage may vary.
You're welcome.
My initial thought:. Wet-dry vac is a good idea if you pretty much know what the exact problem is. But be careful pulling a vacuum on your drain line otherwise, I would think.
My pipes are all PVC so it should be OK. Guess it could cause problems if it wasn't.
RM was smart enough to disconnect the trap and see what he was doing.

I would be dumb enough to rig a plunger bulb to the sink drain, thus to find the weakest link in the sealed system.

Nothing beats a good bottle of drain snake, most of the time.
Our here in the sticks I try to avoid anything harsh as we have a septic tank.
Another example of how I could be dumber than a box of rocks.
You are anything but dumb.
So he's a box of rocks? :dance: :D
Have I been declared a hostile witness?
Hah. Nah, that's courtroom drama material. I ain't no big city lawyer.
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Re: Stopped Up Drain Fix

Post by Roadmaster » Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:20 pm

hugodrax wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:58 pm
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:54 pm
hugodrax wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:31 pm
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:03 pm
Del wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:54 pm
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:51 pm
Del wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:11 pm
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:57 am
sweetandsour wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:35 am


My initial thought:. Wet-dry vac is a good idea if you pretty much know what the exact problem is. But be careful pulling a vacuum on your drain line otherwise, I would think.
My pipes are all PVC so it should be OK. Guess it could cause problems if it wasn't.
RM was smart enough to disconnect the trap and see what he was doing.

I would be dumb enough to rig a plunger bulb to the sink drain, thus to find the weakest link in the sealed system.

Nothing beats a good bottle of drain snake, most of the time.
Our here in the sticks I try to avoid anything harsh as we have a septic tank.
Another example of how I could be dumber than a box of rocks.
You are anything but dumb.
So he's a box of rocks? :dance: :D
Have I been declared a hostile witness?
Hah. Nah, that's courtroom drama material. I ain't no big city lawyer.
"Incompetent, irrelevant, and immaterial!"
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Re: Stopped Up Drain Fix

Post by hugodrax » Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:25 pm

Roadmaster wrote:
Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:20 pm
hugodrax wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:58 pm
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:54 pm
hugodrax wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:31 pm
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:03 pm
Del wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:54 pm
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:51 pm
Del wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:11 pm
Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:57 am

My pipes are all PVC so it should be OK. Guess it could cause problems if it wasn't.
RM was smart enough to disconnect the trap and see what he was doing.

I would be dumb enough to rig a plunger bulb to the sink drain, thus to find the weakest link in the sealed system.

Nothing beats a good bottle of drain snake, most of the time.
Our here in the sticks I try to avoid anything harsh as we have a septic tank.
Another example of how I could be dumber than a box of rocks.
You are anything but dumb.
So he's a box of rocks? :dance: :D
Have I been declared a hostile witness?
Hah. Nah, that's courtroom drama material. I ain't no big city lawyer.
"Incompetent, irrelevant, and immaterial!"
Who is the fellow who lives in Ajo, Alex?
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Re: Stopped Up Drain Fix

Post by Goose55 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:35 pm

I usually do preventive maintenance with, yes, lots of Dawn and very hot water.
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Re: Stopped Up Drain Fix

Post by Del » Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:33 pm

Goose55 wrote:
Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:35 pm
I usually do preventive maintenance with, yes, lots of Dawn and very hot water.
Oddly enough, that's the recipe for killing ticks on the Tick Farm.
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Re: Stopped Up Drain Fix

Post by venator260 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:10 pm

hugodrax wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:27 am
My drainage does vary. Our house was built in 1882, so that means the plumbing is rather medieval. One of the best purchases I ever made was a drain snake.

I'm really glad that wet vac worked for you. The delights of home ownership never cease. Nothing quite like mucking out one's own stable.
Original? I'd be nervous about that. I had some issues in my Pittsburgh house (1934) that would have needed fixed rather soon, and the new owner may already have. The galvanized that grained the kitchen sink was half shut due to corrosion. Some of the 50's era pipes I tore out of my present house were rough looking. I'd worry about 1882 cast iron, especially if your buried main is also cast iron.

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Re: Stopped Up Drain Fix

Post by venator260 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:17 pm

Roadmaster wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:51 pm
Our here in the sticks I try to avoid anything harsh as we have a septic tank.
I have the same situation. I wouldn't want to send draino to the yard outback, and send it through the septic to kill all of the good bacteria in the mean time. My plan for any clog that should occur is manual removal. Then put a clean out in the pipe if I had to cut into it to prevent further issues.

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Re: Stopped Up Drain Fix

Post by hugodrax » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:09 am

venator260 wrote:
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:10 pm
hugodrax wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:27 am
My drainage does vary. Our house was built in 1882, so that means the plumbing is rather medieval. One of the best purchases I ever made was a drain snake.

I'm really glad that wet vac worked for you. The delights of home ownership never cease. Nothing quite like mucking out one's own stable.
Original? I'd be nervous about that. I had some issues in my Pittsburgh house (1934) that would have needed fixed rather soon, and the new owner may already have. The galvanized that grained the kitchen sink was half shut due to corrosion. Some of the 50's era pipes I tore out of my present house were rough looking. I'd worry about 1882 cast iron, especially if your buried main is also cast iron.
Main isn't. Stack was. Notice I said "was?" :D That was a lovely surprise one lovely fall morning.
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Re: Stopped Up Drain Fix

Post by venator260 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:45 pm

hugodrax wrote:
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:09 am
venator260 wrote:
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:10 pm
hugodrax wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:27 am
My drainage does vary. Our house was built in 1882, so that means the plumbing is rather medieval. One of the best purchases I ever made was a drain snake.

I'm really glad that wet vac worked for you. The delights of home ownership never cease. Nothing quite like mucking out one's own stable.
Original? I'd be nervous about that. I had some issues in my Pittsburgh house (1934) that would have needed fixed rather soon, and the new owner may already have. The galvanized that grained the kitchen sink was half shut due to corrosion. Some of the 50's era pipes I tore out of my present house were rough looking. I'd worry about 1882 cast iron, especially if your buried main is also cast iron.
Main isn't. Stack was. Notice I said "was?" :D That was a lovely surprise one lovely fall morning.
I can imagine. I shuddered to think about fixing a leak in the house we owned out there. All of our plumbing here is less than 3 years old; I feel better about that.

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