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    Got a call from a buddy of mine last night. He changed out a wall hung to a pedestal. Ok so far so good . He tells me when he started testing the drain it started backing up. 1 1/2 " galvy. No problem I went there today with my side kick k-60 and got busy. Proceded to remove the pedestal sink.1st head was a 7/8" bulb auger . Not happening.2nd choice small 4 blade cutter head..Not happening.3rd head drop head.. Still not happening .Enough games out came the almighty reverse auger. I put that bad boy on and almost instantly down she goes. I kept working it back and forth through the wet loop about 3-4 times . I was hoping I would not have issue where it turned from the tee horizontal to go down the vertical ..No issues at all .Pulled back some hair etc. put a new galvanized nipple back on reset the pedestal . Then headed over to the tub drain . Same deal 5/8" reverse auger. Removed overflow cover plate and down she went. What a thing of beauty. I am now in the reverse auger cult .I might as well chuck the other heads in my box because here lately they can't cut it And I still haven't opened it up any since I made it or did the heat treat thing . Hey Rick , I have done some tempering in the past . When you say heat treat does that mean heat up the cable where I made the auger and quench it in oil . Will that temper / heat treat it making it stronger and less likely to break at the new cut point . Again Kudos on the reverse auger idea !
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    ''Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" Benjamin Franklin

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    Re: Reverse Auger Rides Again !

    you have to be careful as too much hardening will make it too stiff and subject to snapping and not flexing.

    i heat it orange at the tip to allow me to bend the hook out. then cool it off in oil. grind it sharp, then reheat just to a light color and let it cool. this will give it the softness/ annealing.

    i believe these are the right steps. tool or bhd are probably more qualified to know better

    glad you're a reverse auger believer like me and others.

    now you need the real secret weapon, the 7/8'' reverse auger

    rick.
    phoebe it is

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    • #3
      Re: Reverse Auger Rides Again !

      Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
      you have to be careful as too much hardening will make it too stiff and subject to snapping and not flexing.

      i heat it orange at the tip to allow me to bend the hook out. then cool it off in oil. grind it sharp, then reheat just to a light color and let it cool. this will give it the softness/ annealing.

      i believe these are the right steps. tool or bhd are probably more qualified to know better

      glad you're a reverse auger believer like me and others.

      now you need the real secret weapon, the 7/8'' reverse auger

      rick.
      I have one cable that a friend kinked right at the male end he felt bad cause I lent the K-60to him {yes he is a licensed plumber} to rod his house I told him dont wory he wanted to pay for cable and I said thanks but no thanks now I have my cable I can cut and turn into a reverse auger
      SMELLS LIKE $$$$$$ TO ME

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      • #4
        Re: Reverse Auger Rides Again !

        Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
        you have to be careful as too much hardening will make it too stiff and subject to snapping and not flexing.

        i heat it orange at the tip to allow me to bend the hook out. then cool it off in oil. grind it sharp, then reheat just to a light color and let it cool. this will give it the softness/ annealing.

        i believe these are the right steps. tool or bhd are probably more qualified to know better

        glad you're a reverse auger believer like me and others.

        now you need the real secret weapon, the 7/8'' reverse auger

        rick.
        I feel Rick has it right,but will do a thread on the Hobart weld talk forum
        I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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        • #5
          Re: Reverse Auger Rides Again !

          Originally posted by OLD1 View Post
          Got a call from a buddy of mine last night. He changed out a wall hung to a pedestal. Ok so far so good . He tells me when he started testing the drain it started backing up. 1 1/2 " galvy. No problem I went there today with my side kick k-60 and got busy. Proceded to remove the pedestal sink.1st head was a 7/8" bulb auger . Not happening.2nd choice small 4 blade cutter head..Not happening.3rd head drop head.. Still not happening .Enough games out came the almighty reverse auger. I put that bad boy on and almost instantly down she goes. I kept working it back and forth through the wet loop about 3-4 times . I was hoping I would not have issue where it turned from the tee horizontal to go down the vertical ..No issues at all .Pulled back some hair etc. put a new galvanized nipple back on reset the pedestal . Then headed over to the tub drain . Same deal 5/8" reverse auger. Removed overflow cover plate and down she went. What a thing of beauty. I am now in the reverse auger cult .I might as well chuck the other heads in my box because here lately they can't cut it And I still haven't opened it up any since I made it or did the heat treat thing . Hey Rick , I have done some tempering in the past . When you say heat treat does that mean heat up the cable where I made the auger and quench it in oil . Will that temper / heat treat it making it stronger and less likely to break at the new cut point . Again Kudos on the reverse auger idea !
          Go to the weld talk [ hobart] forum, I posted
          Heat treating Question under Questions,suggestions,support. { Your brothers need some help} Keep checking their site for info !
          I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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          • #6
            Re: Reverse Auger Rides Again !

            Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
            you have to be careful as too much hardening will make it too stiff and subject to snapping and not flexing.

            i heat it orange at the tip to allow me to bend the hook out. then cool it off in oil. grind it sharp, then reheat just to a light color and let it cool. this will give it the softness/ annealing.

            i believe these are the right steps. tool or bhd are probably more qualified to know better

            glad you're a reverse auger believer like me and others.

            now you need the real secret weapon, the 7/8'' reverse auger

            rick.
            I am just waiting on a 7/8" cable . Then you better believe I will have one of those also
            ''Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" Benjamin Franklin

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