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To: Mark J Bradakis <> definitions=2020-05-17_08:2020-05-15, 2020-05-17 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-2005170190
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] The road goes on forever, the plumbing never ends
From: Robert Nogueirao via Shop-talk <>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2020 15:49:12 -0500
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I had the same problem, long 2â?? maybe 1/12 pipe from kitchen to the main 
drain would clog at least once a year. First few years I used a garden 
hose. After realizing I was spending a lot on garden hoses I bought a snake. 
Both worked to get the drain working but problem was back in less than a year 
each time.  Next blockage a few months later I decided to get medieval and 
rented the biggest power snake I could rent.
Few months later pipe is blocked again. With winter hard in I called a plumber.
He showed up with a power snake which was exactly like the one I rented.( oh 
damn Iâ??ve just blown new tire money). I watched what he did carefully,  first 
thing he did was tie  a rag around the spiraled end of the snake. He then ran 
it down the clean out once and that was it.  It hasnâ??t clogged up in the past 
4 years .
He wasnâ??t the talkative type  but did tell me the rag allowed the snake to 
easily make the turns in the pipe and packs down grease which is not knocked 
off by the snake.  
I just know it works.   

Bob Nogueira 

> On May 16, 2020, at 4:51 PM, Mark J Bradakis via Shop-talk 
> <> wrote:
> 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 work?
> 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?
> mjb.
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