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68 S-code GT
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posted 04-12-2005 02:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember someone being a plumber or at least good at it. I have a grease clog in my line from the kitchen sink to the main line. It allows for a slow flow through it so its not completely clogged but I would like to clean it out. Unfortunately the house is 50 years old and there is build up that a conventional snake will not take care of. I had a plumber out and they said if it does not clear up that they could jet it out for about $350. The line is oversized (3 inch) so that is part of the problem. Is there something I can use to dissolve the grease? Iíve been using that off the shelf bacteria stuff and it seems to work were I donít get a backup but I want it cleared up faster.

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N266fords
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posted 04-12-2005 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for N266fords   Click Here to Email N266fords     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe virgin sulfer would get ride of it in a hurry. Have you tried the drain king. It is a bladder the attaches to a hose and you place the bladder in the hole it swells from the water preasure blocking it from going back out and forces it down the pipe.I would try that first then virgin sulfer or sulfuric acid one of those type of drain cleaners not liquid plummer if you know what i mean..
P.s. I am not a plumber

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posted 04-12-2005 07:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Plumbing problem???????


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posted 04-12-2005 07:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think Sears or Home Depot, or places like that sell a plug kit you can seal up your drains and blast your drains through with air from your compressor. I never used it, but I've seen them around.

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posted 04-12-2005 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for johnmustang   Click Here to Email johnmustang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
I think Sears or Home Depot, or places like that sell a plug kit you can seal up your drains and blast your drains through with air from your compressor. I never used it, but I've seen them around.


The only problem with firing high pressure air through the system in an old house is the possibility of the pipes developing a leak at the joints or in a weak area of the actual pipe.

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posted 04-12-2005 07:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wouldn't crank it up to 175 psi, but I think it may take 30-40 psi.

If not, it needed replacing anyway!

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adragon8u
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posted 04-12-2005 08:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for adragon8u   Click Here to Email adragon8u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My house was built when Kennedy was in office and it gets plugged from time to time. I have a bladder that hooks to your garden hose. after about 10 minutes of running it...whoooosh! great tool.

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posted 04-12-2005 09:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kennedy..LOL...
Mine was built when Franklin D Roosevelt was President (1934).

Have you check to see that the vent pipe is clean/clear,that will cause slow draing also.

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N266fords
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posted 04-13-2005 12:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for N266fords   Click Here to Email N266fords     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
yeah you can get that Bladder (here the plug) from lowes in the plumbing section.
Shameful I know but all these refrences to home depot makes me ill, lol kidding
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lyle29464
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posted 04-13-2005 01:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lyle29464   Click Here to Email lyle29464     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Never had much luck with a Bladder on a slow drain. I use the really strong drain cleaner that you can only get at a plumbing supply house. If the drain is flowing slow this will almost always fix it. If you use it read all the inst. "AND do not work on drain for hours after. You could get it back in your face.
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wrksnfx
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posted 04-13-2005 02:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wrksnfx   Click Here to Email wrksnfx     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Try using drain cleaner in a crystal form you can get it from either home depot or lowes all you do is just take 2 table spoons of this stuff and dump it down the drain and plug it and it does the rest we use this in the bathroom sink because both I and my brother shave in that sink and after a while it tends to start draining slow.

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68 S-code GT
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posted 04-13-2005 08:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Iíll have to look for that bladder! The guy that was here said that as many times as he can run the snake through the grease will just close back up the hole when he pulls it back out. I figure that the clog is has got to be at least ten feet or more from the clean out and not in the trap under the sink so I donít know if the crystals will work. Besides I heard of too many problems with the crystals caking up. Maybe when Iím done I can recover the grease for Alexís Lunch Truck. My dad has one of those pressure things but I would have to get some extra plugs as I would have to plug the vent, dishwasher and two sinks (I have a kitchen up stairs and down stair). But then again the house was built in 1953 so I don't know how the pipes can handle the presure.

I was even thinking of using the stuff they sell for septic systems that are suppose to eat up grease and slime that tends to clog those up.

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posted 04-13-2005 08:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by wrksnfx:
because both I and my brother shave in that sink and after a while it tends to start draining slow.

Both you guys can fit in the sink at the same time? Wow that must be a big sink!

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posted 04-13-2005 05:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by adragon8u:
I have a bladder that hooks to your garden hose. after about 10 minutes of running it...whoooosh! great tool.


I'd see a doctor about that!

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posted 04-13-2005 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wrksnfx   Click Here to Email wrksnfx     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 68 S-code GT:
Both you guys can fit in the sink at the same time? Wow that must be a big sink!

HA HA don't quit your day job to become a comedian you'll end up being a starving artist. j/k

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posted 04-13-2005 07:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wrksnfx   Click Here to Email wrksnfx     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by 68 S-code GT:
Iíll have to look for that bladder! The guy that was here said that as many times as he can run the snake through the grease will just close back up the hole when he pulls it back out. I figure that the clog is has got to be at least ten feet or more from the clean out and not in the trap under the sink so I donít know if the crystals will work. Besides I heard of too many problems with the crystals caking up. Maybe when Iím done I can recover the grease for Alexís Lunch Truck. My dad has one of those pressure things but I would have to get some extra plugs as I would have to plug the vent, dishwasher and two sinks (I have a kitchen up stairs and down stair). But then again the house was built in 1953 so I don't know how the pipes can handle the presure.

I was even thinking of using the stuff they sell for septic systems that are suppose to eat up grease and slime that tends to clog those up.


This stuff disolves the grease and fat and as long as there is some water in the trap this stuff creates a chemical reaction with water and starts producing gas.

You can try red devil lye it does the same thing.

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posted 04-13-2005 08:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for adragon8u   Click Here to Email adragon8u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
I'd see a doctor about that!


I should have known you'd have something to say.

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lol got u beat sam mine was built when moby dick was a minnow ...lol had to call plumber out used some crystals to clear out a blockage but the crystals became the blockage too 1932 btw ...had to cut and replace with pvc...3 inch pvc...but bought the bladder thingy also..and a snake just in case lol

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posted 04-14-2005 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by wrksnfx:
This stuff disolves the grease and fat and as long as there is some water in the trap this stuff creates a chemical reaction with water and starts producing gas.

You can try red devil lye it does the same thing.


So the septic stuff is not a good idea? I don't have a clog in the trap but I'm sure there is water held up by the grease buildup, plus there is a vent pipe. Where can I find this Red Devil Lye? Isn't lye a form of fat?

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posted 04-14-2005 11:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69 Sportsroof   Click Here to Email 69 Sportsroof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One gallon of water, 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of baking soda. Bring water to a boil and add dry ingredients. Pour down sink drain. This will cut through just about anything.

CAUTION! Boiling water creates steam which can cause burns.

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posted 04-14-2005 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wrksnfx   Click Here to Email wrksnfx     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 68 S-code GT:
So the septic stuff is not a good idea? I don't have a clog in the trap but I'm sure there is water held up by the grease buildup, plus there is a vent pipe. Where can I find this Red Devil Lye? Isn't lye a form of fat?


Just about any hardware store or kmart meijers or walmart will have it where they keep their houseware and or cleaning supplys.

Yes it is but it is a fatty acid in crystal form and it works real good.

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posted 04-17-2005 01:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wrksnfx   Click Here to Email wrksnfx     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey 68 S-code GT did you get your drain problem fixed?

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posted 04-17-2005 10:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rory McNeil   Click Here to Email Rory McNeil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had a similar problem with a slow drain in my bathroom. The bathtub drained really slowly, and if the tub was still draining, the sink and toilet would also back up. After trying several different drain crystals & liquids, and a "snake", we gave up and called a plumber. He removed the toilet, and ran his big, motorized snake,but after running the snake out about 20 feet, it stopped feeding out, & he couldn`t pull it back, it was stuck. He wound up digging the lawn up to acsess the sewer pipe, and found a wet (& smelly!) area in the dirt near the pipe. My house was built in 1955, and has a whitish brick looking sewer pipe. What he found was that there was a small crack in the pipe, which allowed plant roots to enter the pipe, and build up to a point that the pipe was almost totally plugged, which caused the blockage. He replaced a section of pipe, and it`s been fine for the past 6 or 7 years now. Maybe something to consider.

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With the nice weather Iíve been kind of busy with other things around the house out side and car stuff. Right know I only have a problem when the dishwasher runs and I get a back up into the sink that is in the kitchen in the basement. The showers, tubs and toilets drain without problem.

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Oh then there is an easy fix, Buy paper plates lol dont run the dishwasher...hehehehehe

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