Toilet auger

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Old 02-14-04, 06:10 PM
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Angry Toilet auger

Alright, I bought a toilet auger. That was the easy part. Now, how do you use the dang blasted thing? I'm trying to get it to go into the back part of the toilet through the "S" curve but it will not go anywhere. Do I need a Ph. D. to use this thing or what? Man am I frustrated.
 
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Old 02-14-04, 06:46 PM
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A toilet has a built-in trap (the"s" curve) and you can just hand-feed the flex end of the toilet auger snake into the trap and crank away to clear any clog in the trap.
I doubt that you can get an auger past the trap. That's where it is supposed to be used, as that is where a toilet is most likely to be clogged.
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Almost anything can get hung up in a toilet trap...too much paper, plastic toys, toothbrushes, curlers, feminine products, etc.
An auger will usually clear it. Sometimes, if somethng is hung up really tight, you have to pull the toilet and auger the trap from underneath.
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Old 02-14-04, 08:15 PM
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You turn the handle as you feed the auger in.

There are times when it is real hard to turn the handle and force it in, it will bind up and spring back. I will prop my leg against the auger body and keep cranking, it will give.
Keep the rubberized part, on the bottom of the auger body, against the toilet bottom. Moving it around with the cable dragging on the toilet will leave marks.
The 3 foot augers are nice, but the extendable 6 foot one will usually reach to the stack and the line will be clear to that point.

Good luck...
 
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