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Old 12-30-2008, 10:17 AM  
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Default Retry of the Snake...

InspectorD:

Later today, I'll crank the snake again. I was happy I made it 3 feet
thinking that I had it cleared out, but this one is a tough nut to crack.

I'll post updates as I go.

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The lead traps I have always seen are big and sweep pretty good but not usually an issue. The pipe I would be worried about would be galvanized. It closes down and you are not getting it apart in the line.
I would give it another shot with the snake. 3 feet is not far enough in my opinion to give it the cleaning out it may need. The pipe could be clogged right at a T or Y which goes into the main line for the bath which may be up to 8 feet away. Run that thing as far as it will go.
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Old 12-31-2008, 12:08 AM  
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In that year I dont believe it would have lead traps. I myself cant get a snake through a lead trap, because the entrance and exit points do not line up. So in your situation it doesnt help. Go with the insp. and keep sending her in, and make sure your doing this when tub is full. Good luck again....



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Old 12-31-2008, 06:31 AM  
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Triple D:

Tnx for the input; I have a friend of a friend that has the "Cadillac" of
plumbing snakes to do the job. I've been cranking away on it with my
tools, but I'm getting nothing but blisters & cuss words! I'll post back
when the job is complete.

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In that year I dont believe it would have lead traps. I myself cant get a snake through a lead trap, because the entrance and exit points do not line up. So in your situation it doesnt help. Go with the insp. and keep sending her in, and make sure your doing this when tub is full. Good luck again....
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I've never seen a clog that could stand up to concentrated phosphuric acid or concentrated sulfuric acid. Just don't breath the fumes and/or leave in the p-trap too long or it will burn a hole right through the pipes.

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Default Job Complete!

Well alrighty then, the job is complete! I had a friend w/ a snake attached
to a power drill that fixed the problem. This was the only way to resolve it
I guess; Of course, I don't know much in regards to concentrated phosphoric acid or concentrated sulfuric acid but I will definitely keep this suggestion handy!

When the snake was put through, it met some resistance at about 3-4 feet
and was due to small flakes of tub coating. When the tub was refinished, whoever did it failed to do it properly thus causing it to peel in minute pieces.

Thank you for all of your assistance & know that this posting will hopefully
assist someone in the future.

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Glad we could help, and that you shared your results. More power always works.
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there are what we call drum traps and are not legal anymore but i would try some Liquud fire (sufuric acid) (Beware of burns) this will open a drain in a heart beat if its hair or soap. but i say again be careful the tub needs to be drained of all the water. good luck



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