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  • Pulling a ship out of a bottle with the reverse auger

    Not quite a ship, but basically a mop. Had a 3" janitorial sink with American Standard 3" Trap. Sink was plugged solid after recent construction. Lost of sand and grit coming up and I couldn't get the 5/8 sectional through the stoppage with all the debris. Gave up after 30 minutes and decided to cut the vent riser to bypass the trap.

    Drilled a 3/4" hole with a step drill into the 2" gal 1950's pipe. Threaded my 5/8" Rick reverse auger into the hoke powerd by my electric drill and chuck adapter. Hit a solid mass about 5' in, which should be the vertical to horizontal main. Fought it for a minute before it cleared. Now for the fun. As I powered the cable back through the hole, i had a wad of mop strings coming back and couldn't pull them out, even though I had my cable out of the 3/4" hole. Grabbed the leading fibers with pliers and couldn't belive the mass on the first pass.

    Enjoy the photos while you can, as they will be history Jan 4th.

    Rick.

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    3/4" hole i drilled into the 2" gal vent for access to the main.


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    starting to pull out the mop fibers with cable removed.

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    All this from 1 pass with the Rick reverse 5/8" auger.

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    Yes. old 1950s american standard janitoral sink. Seen better days, But now it's draining to see more days.

    ​​​​​​​Building maintenance dept will either cut in a cleanout above the sink at my mark, or put a cork in it to seal the vent opening.
    Last edited by PLUMBER RICK; 11-04-2022, 10:35 AM.
    phoebe it is
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