Snake stuck in tub drain. Tips on removal?


Old 05-10-03, 06:38 AM
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Snake stuck in tub drain. Tips on removal?

I have a snake (the plumbing tool) stuck in my tub drain. I do not know exactly how far it's extended -- my wife is the guilty party (I swear it was her!), and she estimates about 4-5 feet are in. It is in so tight I have already hyperextended the springy coil, permanently damaging it. Others have warned against pulling too hard and breaking pipe. Is this a danger?

Can anyone help with a remedy and/or other advice? Thank you so much in advance.
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Old 05-10-03, 01:14 PM
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Did she run the snake in the bottom portion of the drain or in the overflow? What type of drain plug does it have? Do you have access to the back or to the bottom of the tub drain assembly so that it could be taken loose if necessary? Usually a snake that gets really bound can be freed by turning it backwards and just working it out, but if it has gotten really hung up, you may have to take the piping loose or just rip the thing out and see what comes with it... You can definitely break pipe that way, and you can definitely get hurt too, so if you can't get it out, call a plumber to help you out...
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