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It's always fun to take a plunger in and clear it while the HO protests that they tried that and it didn't work. I tell 'em it's all in the wrist. Actually, it's all in pushing down slowly and pulling back abruptly that gets it unclogged. Pushing just clogs it harder.
I will not use a plunger in the customers house...
When they have to call a plumber typically they do not want to be made the fool.
When I get called in there is generally a well used plunger laying close by, I feel that they called me because I have a better mouse trap, Stool Auger, and the use of this tool justifies the expense of my time with the customer. I have always attributed my success to the fact I never make my customers feel less intelligent than myself, even the renters. I'm sure I'll get slammed for this, but I feel that there is no place for a plunger in our tool arsenal.
There is a time and place for plungers IMO, I still use them on bathtubs on drum traps along with my Water Ram. The back and forth action works well.
I always auger stopped up commodes even if the customers auger is sitting right there. At least they can see the technique I use. Sometimes, though, a plunger works better than an auger to remove an object from a commode.
a plunger has never scratched a toilet. never, never, never.
i always ask the customer before i come out if they tried a plunger. their answer is yes, but it won't go down.
i ask if their kids have dropped toys into the toilet? typically not.
ok, i'll go there and use my plunger on 95% of all toilet stoppages. and 95% of the time it will clear the toilet in a few tries.
the customer is always amazed i got it with a plunger. they are never upset or feel like they could have done that. they couldn't and i asked them to try over the phone.
i succeeded with no mess, no scratches and no rusty bent up auger.
in fact there was a time i was going to give away plumber rick plungers to my customers. but the printing and purchase price of the ones i wanted were close to $18.00 each in lots of 100. i passed on the idea and now just tell them where to purchase the proper plunger.
i have too many real jobs to worry about a stopped up toilet emergency. if my customer can clear their own toilet, then i can concentrate on the real emergency work.
there is nothing unprofessional about using a plunger properly.
i've never lost a job because i used a plunger. i don't charge a full call for a stopped up toilet. if it's a 5 minute job, i charge $45.00. they're thrilled and i can move onto real work.
if the plunger doesn't get it, chances are the toilet is not the issue. or the toilet needs to be pulled. if the wax is already leaking, it's not in the toilet.
i have a collection of at least 5 worn out, kinked. rusted, bent augers.
i have 2 worn out plungers. yet the plungers have done 95% of my toilets. you figure out what works and what is all show.
i know we've discussed this in the past and the plunger was the tool of choice on a toilet stoppage.
the proper plunger is the key to success. the proper plunger is to toilet stoppages as the k-60 is to drains
you want the first roundup contest?
have a series of toilet stoppages and pick your tool of choice. the plunger will cream the auger.
Dunbar,E Z BIG BOY ! We ain't gonna force Ya to use one! I hardly do any drain work at all.
Over the years I've read of Ricks success with this STOOL TOOL and want the best.
Notice the handle " TOOLAHOLIC " I love collecting tools . I admit this,but it sure is nice having them all. I'll keep one of these with the drain machines and the other in My home.
I have enough confidence in My self, that I'm not threatened what any man has to say about My new shiny 520
I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .