Correct size plumber's snake


Old 07-16-03, 09:20 AM
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Correct size plumber's snake


I have a couple of slow drains and I want to purchase and run a plumber's snake to clear them out. Is there a rule-of-thumb for diameter of pipe to diameter of snake? Also, please include any suggestions for using a plumber's snake.

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Old 07-16-03, 01:38 PM
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A plumbers snake should be able to work through the particular type drain line that you need to clear.
A crank-handle, flexible snake is best for working on small drain lines, such as kitchen and bathrooms.
A 3' crank-handle toilet auger is best for clearing built-in toilet traps.
A long, heavy-duty snake is best for clearing main drain lines.
You can usually rent them, or find them at hardware stores or plumbing supply houses.
Good Luck!
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