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  • Having trouble snaking a clogged tub drain.

    Hello. I recently purchased a Cobra LX 250 to replace some other model snake I had that broke. Today I'm trying to unclog a tub drain and I can't seem to get the snake out of the system more than 6 or 7 feet. I've gotten it in the drain no problem, but after getting to the aforementioned length I can't anymore length. It gets to a point were I can pull out a few more inches, but as soon as I let go it retracts back in the system.

    I even took it out of the drain, went outside, pulled it out as far as it will go. I'm doing everything right according to the instructions and the customer service offices are closed. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • #2
    Re: Having trouble snaking a clogged tub drain.

    IF you couldn't pull it out at all I would say it was a kink in the cable or you are at a bad spot in the line. Try putting the switch in reveres and try to run a little ways in.If it is wound up it might come lose and feed down, I have seen a few new machines that had the switch in backwards or the plate up side down so when you had it in forward it was really in reverse.It sounds like it is binding some how.

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    • #3
      Re: Having trouble snaking a clogged tub drain.

      your cable flipped/ twisted in the drum and is binding. remove the drum cover and unwind the cable.

      rick.

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      • #4
        Re: Having trouble snaking a clogged tub drain.

        I used a speedway 650hd "made by cobra but painted yellow" The cable flipped in the drum every 2nd or 3rd use. put a new cable in the ridgid and threw that yellow pos off the truck
        No, it's not rocket science, it's plumbing and unlike rocket science it requires a license.

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        • #5
          Re: Having trouble snaking a clogged tub drain.

          Originally posted by PainterX View Post
          Hello. I recently purchased a Cobra LX 250 to replace some other model snake I had that broke. Today I'm trying to unclog a tub drain and I can't seem to get the snake out of the system more than 6 or 7 feet. I've gotten it in the drain no problem, but after getting to the aforementioned length I can't anymore length. It gets to a point were I can pull out a few more inches, but as soon as I let go it retracts back in the system.

          I even took it out of the drain, went outside, pulled it out as far as it will go. I'm doing everything right according to the instructions and the customer service offices are closed. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
          my first question which if you went in 6'-7' I am sure I Know the answer is this an old house , apt , condo, with old drain pipe still in wall if yes then yoy are wownd up in the drum trap they were very widely used in chicago and burbs
          SMELLS LIKE $$$$$$ TO ME

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          • #6
            Re: Having trouble snaking a clogged tub drain.

            this was my thought as well

            Did you end up in a Drum trap?
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            • #7
              Re: Having trouble snaking a clogged tub drain.

              With the right rod and or cable, I can easly rod through a drum trap in Chicago. Its all a matter of feeling the cable through the trap and not forcing it or you will get twisted up, and cause your cable to flip in the drum.

              My prefered machine for bathtubs is the K-50 with the small drum, and the 5/16 bulb end cable. Before I attemped rodding a tub though I use my Ro-Pump to suck out any blockages. I pulled out a many of shampoo caps out with the Ro-Pump.
              Ron Hasil Lic #058-160417
              A-Archer Sewer & Plumbing specializing in:
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              Sump and Ejector Pumps | Backflow RPZ Testing

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              • #8
                Re: Having trouble snaking a clogged tub drain.

                Ya i wouldnt even attempt a drum trap thru an overflow. Specially if its a lead line. 80% of tub lines here are drums. If the customer doesnt want to replace the trap, then i will drill after the discharge of the trap on the straight and use a boiler plug or just cut it and fernco it.
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                • #9
                  Re: Having trouble snaking a clogged tub drain.

                  Originally posted by Drain Medic View Post
                  Ya i wouldnt even attempt a drum trap thru an overflow. Specially if its a lead line. 80% of tub lines here are drums. If the customer doesnt want to replace the trap, then i will drill after the discharge of the trap on the straight and use a boiler plug or just cut it and fernco it.
                  Why not pop the cap off the drum trap and snake it from there?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Having trouble snaking a clogged tub drain.

                    Originally posted by Gauvil View Post
                    Why not pop the cap off the drum trap and snake it from there?
                    I have never seen one where one could get the top off of it,
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                    attributed to Samuel Johnson
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                    • #11
                      Re: Having trouble snaking a clogged tub drain.

                      pop is a good word. all of the ones that i've seen is where someone broke the lid then left. that was why i was there. i've never had any luck. maybe i don't know the magic. i tell ho up front what chances are. breid.............

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                      • #12
                        Re: Having trouble snaking a clogged tub drain.

                        Originally posted by BHD View Post
                        I have never seen one where one could get the top off of it,
                        Well...here in ohio they used a chromed pot metal cap.I pop them off with a hammer and screw driver,snake it and re-seal it with an expansion plug or another drum trap lid.

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