Which bathtub snake?

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Old 12-29-20, 03:26 PM
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Which bathtub snake?

Hey guys, I have 2 snakes, this one goes all the way down but does not pull up anything:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/FlexiSna...203483754-_-N&

This one, the head coil is too big:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-K...7038/303644603

What else can I try please? sighhhhhhhhh
 
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Old 12-29-20, 04:33 PM
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If it's hair you're after..... get one of the thinnest wire coat hangers you can find.
Bend a tight hook on one end. I've had great results from using it.
It's small enough to get around any obstacles and will grab the hair.
 
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Old 12-29-20, 05:06 PM
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I doubt it would be hair causing the clog as I am not seeing hair clogs under the strainer as I had cleaned it and the long thin snake goes down like maybe 10" down the drain.

https://i.postimg.cc/DyGJWsGk/IMG-2265.jpg

What I need is a snake head which will fit in that strainer, I am wondering what a plumber would use in this situation?
 
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Old 12-29-20, 06:01 PM
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Do you have the drain stopper lever or overflow plate in the tub under the spout ?
 
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Not sure of the terminology but this is a pic of everything:

https://i.postimg.cc/VvSNySMF/IMG-2266.jpg
 
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I use a snake like this one:


To use it you will need to remove the cover over the overflow. After it's off you can easily guide the snake past the 90 and down into the drain. About two feet in you'll probably feel some resistance from the trap that's under the floor but if you keep turning and slowly feed the auger in it will make it through. Don't force it. If you feel it bind and you keep turning you can tie the snake into a knot in the pipe. It's usually not too difficult to get it back out but it kinks the wire which makes it more likely to kink again. If you do feel an obstruction or resistance just keep turning and pull the snake back out. If there is nothing on the end it might have just been a seam or fitting you felt but if the tip has goop on it you may have hit the clog. Keep repeating the process until you've brought all the clog up and out.

 
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Thx. To be sure the cover over the overflow pipe is the triangular shaped cover shown by the red arrow in this pic?

https://i.postimg.cc/RZ5JM1v8/Screen...0-04-24-AM.png

If yes, how can that cover be removed please?

Also, from your pic, if the clog should be between the drain elbow and the Waste tee then snaking through the cover plate won't address that right?

https://i.postimg.cc/ncMNH73v/Screen...8-16-45-AM.png
 
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We got the clog out but it had to be done from under the bathtub in the basement. Reason being when we removed the drain cover and tried to snake the pipe the snake head kept coming up to the overflow cover so we thought no use then in removing the overflow cover.

So in the basement under the tub we removed a trap which was leading to the main sewer pipe and ran the snake towards the sewer pipe and there was big clog junk of of hair/debris the size of a rat at the Tee, now the water is running totally free again.

I very much appreciate all of the help/advice given here guys, wishing you and yours and the other guys here many blessings for the New Year, thank you for what you do, best regards, Mike.

 
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Old 01-01-21, 10:49 AM
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To prevent further clog from hair, soap, lint etc...get the TUBSHROOM. Worth every bit of the $13 it cost.
 
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Old 01-01-21, 11:02 AM
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It look good, I will look further into it, thanks!
 
 

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