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MAIN house pipe fixed
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KellyGa    Posted 01-02-2004 at 17:38:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ian found a nifty little gadget called a bladder at Lowes. He said there were sizes for all drains. Needed a big one for the main drain. Its like an elongated thick balloon, with a slit on one end, and on the other end you hook it up to your hose. You shove it in the pipe, turn on the water, and it swells up and blocks the pipe so the water doesn't come back onto your side. Meanwhile the water is shooting out the slit on the other side, filling the pipe, and the pressure eventually pushes the blockage on out to the street, which it did! Paid 18 dollars for the thing, probably saved hundreds, considering most people would call a plumber. Ian never calls anyone, he fixes everything. :) One way or the other.

Lazy Al    Posted 01-03-2004 at 04:21:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
So I take it that there was no roots in the pipe and every thing is working OK now . With all these one and a half gal flushs it's a wonder that don't happen more . Some times there might be a sag in the drain pipe and some waste settles there and stops then it just keeps on plugging up untill it won't flow any more . It might be a good idea to flush the stool twice every once in awhile . JMO

KellyGa    Posted 01-03-2004 at 08:56:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
We still have the old kind of toilet! Its great!

deadcarp    Posted 01-02-2004 at 20:09:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
handy gadget and glad it worked for you kelly - i was inspired by a water-driven gizmo the drain guy had, so made a home-owner version for myself. it turns a garden hose into kinda a self-feeding snake. it's just a glorified copper nozzle made from a store-bought 1-piece, but i added 2 rear-slanted holes so it pulls itself toward a clog. well, in truth i also plugged the front hole and rebored it to match the #40 side holes. to use it on say a frozen toilet drain, i hook the hose up to a house faucet and setup a simer pump/another hose to carry away the excess, then just start feeding the thing into the drain. even lukewarm water will blow a hole thru ice, and the side holes help open it up. tell ian to wear gloves. ;)

KellyGa    Posted 01-02-2004 at 20:42:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
You are always coming up with great gadgets :) Very self sufficient. Yeah, when Ian pulled it out, it was poo covered, ewww! I guess thats what it would be, bleah! Gld he's not a plumber, I would have to disinfect him every day and throw bleach on him or something!

Willy-N    Posted 01-02-2004 at 18:57:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Glad you got it fixed. It pays to give it a shot yourself first, and now you have the tool to do it again. Mark H.

PS...    Posted 01-02-2004 at 17:40:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had posted yesterday that the whole house was backed up for anybody that wonders what I am talking about :)

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