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To: Mark J Bradakis <> definitions=2020-05-16_13:2020-05-15, 2020-05-16 signatures=0 malwarescore=0 phishscore=0 bulkscore=0 spamscore=0 clxscore=1015 mlxscore=0 mlxlogscore=999 adultscore=0 classifier=spam adjust=0 reason=mlx scancount=1 engine=8.0.1-2002250000 definitions=main-2005160198
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] The road goes on forever, the plumbing never ends
From: Pat Horne via Shop-talk <>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2020 16:41:02 -0500
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Mark, I have a very similar problem with a low spot in my pipe that plugs up. 
Itâ??s 25.2 feet from the nearest clean out which means I needed to go to the 
next longer snake which is 1/2â?? diameter. I bought one of those brass craft 
kits but havenâ??t done anything with it yet. 

I was out of town the last time it plugged so the wife called a plumber. $150 
later it worked fine for 2 years. Iâ??m planning on adding the bread craft 
cutter to the end of the snake by bending the opposite end of the snake to give 
me a loop to attach the cutter to. Iâ??d rather take the chance of loosing a 
small piece of metal in The pipe than something larger. A magnet on the end of 
the snake would have a better chance of pulling the piece out if it was small. 
The corkscrew might also be able to get hold of it too. 

Good luck. 


Pat Horne 
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On May 16, 2020, at 4:28 PM, Mark J Bradakis via Shop-talk 
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I may not be that handsome, but I'm fairly handy around the house.  Kitchen 
sink drain clogged up again.  It has been a continual problem.  Basically it 
involves about 15 feet of drain pipe that has about a quarter inch drop over 
the run.  Well, maybe more than that, but not much more.  I made it a lot 
easier many years ago by putting in a T fitting in a spot easy to get to, so I 
no longer need to snake the entire length by taking apart the pipes at the sink.

The drain pipe is 2" internal diameter.  The corkscrew on the end of the snake 
might be 3/8" in diameter. It bores a pretty small hole in the gunk clogging 
the pipe, so it doesn't take long to clog again.  I don't think there are any 
small, handhelp drain snakes with really big tips on them, capable of cleaning 
the entire inside diameter of the pipe.  I have seen these at the hardware 
stores made for bigger, heavier machines.  Not something I want to hold head 
high while working on the drain.

I was thinking maybe I could fab up a steel rod.  One end would have a hole the 
size of the snake coil, the other end a slot with a grub screw to fit the Brass 
Craft ends.  Seems simple.  I wonder it the snake coil is weldable, or at least 
brazable?  I'd hate to have it fail by breaking off as soon as any force is 
applied, i. e. the cutter hits the clog.  Having a chunk of steel lodged a few 
feet into the pipe would make subsequent snaking problematic. Would my plan 

Such fun having to clean drains right after the falling tree mess and the 
muffler blowing out on my Blazer.  Does May, or for that matter 2020 have a 
reset - do over button?


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