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  • Stupid DIY Tricks, Broken Snake in Drain Line

    Yeah, I did it
    Using a rental unit from ACE Hardware I broke off about 40' of a 50' 1/2-inch snake line in my washer drain.

    This is the third time this line has been cleared in 10 years. Once by a Pro and twice by me.

    Looks like the $$ saved by DIY will cost me $$$$.

    What should I expect? Any recommendations?

    Thanks,

    Tim

    PS Not that it matters by my Grandfather was a plumber and my Dad a Steamfitter (I should know better!)

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    Re: Stupid DIY Tricks, Broken Snake in Drain Line

    Originally posted by IowaHomeowner View Post
    Yeah, I did it
    Using a rental unit from ACE Hardware I broke off about 40' of a 50' 1/2-inch snake line in my washer drain.

    This is the third time this line has been cleared in 10 years. Once by a Pro and twice by me.

    Looks like the $$ saved by DIY will cost me $$$$.

    What should I expect? Any recommendations?

    Thanks,

    Tim

    PS Not that it matters by my Grandfather was a plumber and my Dad a Steamfitter (I should know better!)
    Raised foundation or slab?

    Mark
    "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

    I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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    • #3
      Re: Stupid DIY Tricks, Broken Snake in Drain Line

      The best thing about rental snakes. People who rent them don't know how to use them and mess up the cable. Then the next renter comes in and messes it up more. then the next one comes in rents it brakes it now its stuck in the drain. This is why snakes should not be rented. You never know what the person before you did to the snake. It may cost more money to fix or remove pipe to remove snake or break some fingers.
      Last edited by UnClogNH; 12-28-2009, 03:27 PM.
      Rod
      MT. Washington Sewer & Drain Cleaning
      Serving Berlin, NH and North Conway, NH areas
      http://unclognh.com
      http://mtwashingtonseweranddrainclea...m/default.aspx

      Charging less does not mean more call volume it just means you have to work harder to reach your goals.

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      • #4
        Re: Stupid DIY Tricks, Broken Snake in Drain Line

        Full Basement, Washing Machine is on the first floor

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        • #5
          Re: Stupid DIY Tricks, Broken Snake in Drain Line

          Originally posted by IowaHomeowner View Post
          Full Basement, Washing Machine is on the first floor
          How much snake is stuck in the pipe?? Did you snake from up stairs??
          Rod
          MT. Washington Sewer & Drain Cleaning
          Serving Berlin, NH and North Conway, NH areas
          http://unclognh.com
          http://mtwashingtonseweranddrainclea...m/default.aspx

          Charging less does not mean more call volume it just means you have to work harder to reach your goals.

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          • #6
            Re: Stupid DIY Tricks, Broken Snake in Drain Line

            It seems a good plumber should be able to get it out after a couple of hours and he may or may not have to open ceilings and walls. Once he gets it out you need to have him figure out why it's stopping up.

            Mark
            "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

            I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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            • #7
              Re: Stupid DIY Tricks, Broken Snake in Drain Line

              Originally posted by ToUtahNow View Post
              It seems a good plumber should be able to get it out after a couple of hours and he may or may not have to open ceilings and walls. Once he gets it out you need to have him figure out why it's stopping up.

              Mark
              Have the feeling the cable flipped in the stack if the snake went that far.
              Rod
              MT. Washington Sewer & Drain Cleaning
              Serving Berlin, NH and North Conway, NH areas
              http://unclognh.com
              http://mtwashingtonseweranddrainclea...m/default.aspx

              Charging less does not mean more call volume it just means you have to work harder to reach your goals.

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              • #8
                Re: Stupid DIY Tricks, Broken Snake in Drain Line

                Thanks to ToUtahNow and UnClogNH

                A pro is on the way. I'll let you know what they find.

                Thanks Again.

                Tim

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                • #9
                  Re: Stupid DIY Tricks, Broken Snake in Drain Line

                  Thanks IH... make sure you update us on how it goes.

                  josh

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                  • #10
                    Re: Stupid DIY Tricks, Broken Snake in Drain Line

                    Originally posted by IowaHomeowner View Post
                    Yeah, I did it
                    Using a rental unit from ACE Hardware I broke off about 40' of a 50' 1/2-inch snake line in my washer drain.
                    Originally posted by UnClogNH View Post
                    How much snake is stuck in the pipe??
                    It would be tough to know exactly where he ended up.

                    Mark
                    "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

                    I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Stupid DIY Tricks, Broken Snake in Drain Line

                      Originally posted by ToUtahNow View Post
                      It would be tough to know exactly where he ended up.

                      Mark
                      It would be nice if we could just beam into peoples homes any where and fix their problems that would be fun.
                      Rod
                      MT. Washington Sewer & Drain Cleaning
                      Serving Berlin, NH and North Conway, NH areas
                      http://unclognh.com
                      http://mtwashingtonseweranddrainclea...m/default.aspx

                      Charging less does not mean more call volume it just means you have to work harder to reach your goals.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Stupid DIY Tricks, Broken Snake in Drain Line

                        Originally posted by UnClogNH View Post
                        It would be nice if we could just beam into peoples homes any where and fix their problems that would be fun.

                        that would be sweet, as today is a slow day for me.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Stupid DIY Tricks, Broken Snake in Drain Line

                          Originally posted by jjscleaning View Post
                          that would be sweet, as today is a slow day for me.
                          Slow here too nuttin in 5 days but bills are paid this month
                          Rod
                          MT. Washington Sewer & Drain Cleaning
                          Serving Berlin, NH and North Conway, NH areas
                          http://unclognh.com
                          http://mtwashingtonseweranddrainclea...m/default.aspx

                          Charging less does not mean more call volume it just means you have to work harder to reach your goals.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Stupid DIY Tricks, Broken Snake in Drain Line

                            Originally posted by UnClogNH View Post
                            Slow here too nuttin in 5 days but bills are paid this month
                            last week was my best week so far. atleast 1 call everyday, even on xmas. that made my x-mas.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Stupid DIY Tricks, Broken Snake in Drain Line

                              Looks like I missed some things.

                              I brought the snake in right behind the washing machine one the first floor. I'm thinking it might have broken at the bend to horizontal under the basement floor (worst case scenario right?).

                              I did open the cleanout on the stack but no cable there and also did check the drain behind the basement sink but it makes a 90 into the wall and I can't see the vertical line.

                              I did see another post about a retrieval tip for a Rigid K-50 but not sure that would work given that I don't think this can be pulled out without reverse turning


                              The pro is supposed to be here soon.

                              Tim

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