$6 hair clog tool for drain cleaning

Here's another shoutout to the Flexisnake drain-unclogger, which I used this morning to remove a greasy bolus of hair and muck from the bathroom sink.

I keep Flexisnakes in all of our bathrooms, and use them frequently to pull out gross blobs of matted hair clogging the sink drains. It's kind of like a long pipe cleaner with a crank. You insert it in the drain and twist the handle. The hair wraps around it. It's $6 on Amazon. Read the rest

I am the master of my home plumbing

We live in an older house, and the plumbing gets clogged a lot. Whenever a sink, shower, or toilet backs up, I try to to unclog it myself before calling a plumber. Sometimes it's as easy as using a Drain Weasel and getting hair out of a drain. If that doesn't work, I'll try a water bladder. As a last resort, I'll use one of these hand-crank plumber snakes:

The snake is a wrist-killer and a huge hassle. To insert the snake, you have to loosen a screw, pull out a few inches of snake, tighten the screw, turn the handle a bunch of times, then repeat the process. It takes forever.

If none of these work, I call a plumber. He brings a giant snake that unclogs anything and gives me a well-deserved bill between $100 - $200 (depending on the time of day, or day of the week).

After getting a $200 bill plumber's service on a Sunday evening, I looked around online for a motorized snake. This Ryobi P4001 18-Volt ONE+ Cordless 25 foot Drain Auger had good reviews and it fit my budget. Including the price of the battery and charger, the whole thing was $150. When it arrived, I put the battery in the charger, almost looking forward to the next clog so I could try it out.

Yesterday morning, it happened. My wife noticed that one of the clean outs in the backyard had lost its cap and sludge was seeping out. Judging from the size of the puddle, it looked like it had been happening for a long time. Read the rest

Hair clog tool for drain cleaning $5

I keep Flexisnakes in all of our bathrooms, and use them frequently to pull out gross blobs of matted hair clogging the sink drains. It's kind of like a long pipe cleaner with a crank. You insert it in the drain and twist the handle. The hair wraps around it. It's on sale for $5.28 on Amazon right now, which is the lowest price I've seen. Read the rest

Drain Weasel: a solution for hair-clogged sinks

I live in a house with three other people, who have long hair. A lot of it ends up going down the bathroom sink and clogging the drain. Read the rest