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Old 03-22-2017, 02:27 PM   #1861
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The line needed snaking and who has a snake ??
I'm crying here! Take another $15 and go buy a 25' drain snake that will hook onto your drill, it'll save you the plumber call next time and you'll have a working drain/sink inside of 10 minutes. And if the 25' snake won't reach it, at least you'll have gotten your $40 worth when the plumber comes.
And if you don't have a battery charger for your car, or a compressor to put air in a flat tire, buy those, too. Ya gonna call a tow truck because you left your lights on?

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Well, I actually have two snakes.... a short one for the toilet and a 50 ft one... have used the short one a few times, but never the 50 footer... however, I think I will be using it on my sprinkler system as there seems to be a clog between heads that does not want to come loose...
I've got one of those 50' power snakes, works great. But I know if I ever tried using it in a PVC pipe I'd end up blasting through an elbow or snagging/destroying a "T". I'd probably try gentler approaches first (maybe a tape used for fishing wires into walls, or a stout piece of steel wire with an spiral or small hook on the end. A piece of 1/4" plastic pipe and a hose adapter to blast through the clog?).
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I have an air compressor for car and bike tires. My car has an audible warning if I leave the lights on -- sounds like an Aircraft Stall Warning, you can't possibly miss it.

That drain snake would hang around the garage for years. Until I need it....and won't be able to locate it. HA !!
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It seems like the auger is ok but the tub is bad and I assume you can use your current auger with a new tub. Good thing you weren't using the crushed ice option. Check YouTube or an outfit called RepairClinic.
It was the auger (see photo), two small pieces of plastic broke off. I found a replacement for $16 but haven't gotten around to ordering it yet. I did find a video showing the replacement, a little more involved than I expected but doable.

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Replaced the long worn out electric motor in my bathroom exhaust fan today. Was able to find the replacement motor in stock at the local Lowes. Pretty easy repair, but I got too aggressive cleaning the dirt/dust out of the housing and broke off the baffle in the housing. It's a pretty long hose run, so I don't think it will be a problem. Baffle looked like it was stuck open with clogged dust/dirt anyway. Now that I've seen how much dust accumulated up there, I'm going to have to get up in the attic and pull the hose for inspection. That's a job for another day. I've got lots of them
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Old 03-23-2017, 03:21 PM   #1865
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I'm crying here! Take another $15 and go buy a 25' drain snake that will hook onto your drill, it'll save you the plumber call next time and you'll have a working drain/sink inside of 10 minutes. And if the 25' snake won't reach it, at least you'll have gotten your $40 worth when the plumber comes.
And if you don't have a battery charger for your car, or a compressor to put air in a flat tire, buy those, too. Ya gonna call a tow truck because you left your lights on?


I've got one of those 50' power snakes, works great. But I know if I ever tried using it in a PVC pipe I'd end up blasting through an elbow or snagging/destroying a "T". I'd probably try gentler approaches first (maybe a tape used for fishing wires into walls, or a stout piece of steel wire with an spiral or small hook on the end. A piece of 1/4" plastic pipe and a hose adapter to blast through the clog?).

Mine is not a power snake.... it is hand feed and hand crank!! It was my dads and he probably bought it over 60 years ago...


Edit.... looking at HomeDepot... I probably have a 25 ft one... similar to this...





Also, a toilet one...

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Mine is not a power snake.... it is hand feed and hand crank!! It was my dads and he probably bought it over 60 years ago...

Edit.... looking at HomeDepot... I probably have a 25 ft one... similar to this...
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Also, a toilet one...
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A while back bought a blender at goodwilll for $3.99. Then broke it. The coupling between the motor and blade sheared, it is some kind of rubber thingy. I would have tossed it to recycling, but a could not find another one in any of the goodwills I troll.

A fast search via the web revealed amazon selling it for $9.99 +shipping Another site showed same thing for 7.99 free shipping. Amazon lost the deal, naturally. Got it today, installed and now it works.

I find the stuff I need elsewhere cheaper than amazon, they have lost my business years ago. Seems their dynamic pricing strategy looses every time even though they come up as first in the search quue.

OTOH Bezos is doing just fine without my help.
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You should have replaced the calipers too.
Why do you say the calipers should have been replaced? I have been doing brake work on my cars for many years and never changed one out during normal rotor/pad replacement.
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Well, I actually have two snakes.... a short one for the toilet and a 50 ft one... have used the short one a few times, but never the 50 footer... however, I think I will be using it on my sprinkler system as there seems to be a clog between heads that does not want to come loose...
Same here - I have a short one and a 50 footer. Have used both (successfully) in the past. Very proud of myself
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Fixed a weedeater trigger...then milled down some tree planks to make a table...then made an ottoman tray from some leftover walnut. Busy day.
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Fixed a faucet with a broken handle. Parts free due to Kohler lifetime warranty. Easy Peasy job.

Also did some repair to the patio furniture thanks to spring like weather.
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You should have replaced the calipers too.
The calipers were in great condition with no evidence of leaking or binding. Also, the brake fluid was changed with a pressure bleeder about every two years, according to the documentation that came from the original seller of the car. VW recommends brake fluid changes on the 2 year cycle.

There is no need to replace wheel cylinders (drum brake cars) or calipers (disc brake cars) unless problems or lack of maintenance is a factor. When replacing pads and/or rotors, it's a good idea to also inspect the slide pins, clean them up and grease them with the recommended grease for that application.
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Fixed a faucet with a broken handle. Parts free due to Kohler lifetime warranty. Easy Peasy job.

Also did some repair to the patio furniture thanks to spring like weather.
Replaced dripping powder room faucet (brass from the early 90-ies, no longer approved by DW, so simply fixing it was not an option ). This meant replacing all the other hardware (towel rack, toilet paper holder, wall plates, door knob, toilet seat, flusher handle, mirror) because they no longer matched to top it off, of course, both shutoff valves turned out to leak once they were turned off, so I had to replace THOSE as well.

Dripping valves turned into a $350 dollar repair, after re painting the whole room because the various mounting brackets of course did I not match anymore and many holes had to be patched, sanded and painted.

Looks pretty good though, now that it's finished...
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Dripping valves turned into a $350 dollar repair, after re painting the whole room because the various mounting brackets of course did I not match anymore and many holes had to be patched, sanded and painted.
RE: replacement of towel racks, robe hooks, etc. This seems like another place that industry could standardize. If the actual mount that screws into the wall could be standardized (incl spacing), at least within brands but ideally between brands, it would sure give that/those mfgrs a competitive advantage. I'd pay a bit more if I was pretty sure it would really stay the same for a few decades.
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I'd pay a bit more if I was pretty sure it would really stay the same for a few decades.
I would too, but that's probably the exception. It seems most people can't plan past next week.
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RE: replacement of towel racks, robe hooks, etc. This seems like another place that industry could standardize. If the actual mount that screws into the wall could be standardized (incl spacing), at least within brands but ideally between brands, it would sure give that/those mfgrs a competitive advantage. I'd pay a bit more if I was pretty sure it would really stay the same for a few decades.
I don't see that they would standarize.
As all those things are bought based on how they look, and to limit the design of something due to the screw placement immediately prevents what could be the next "must have" look.
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I don't see that they would standarize.
As all those things are bought based on how they look, and to limit the design of something due to the screw placement immediately prevents what could be the next "must have" look.

Just like all cars should be the same design based one the most efficient tire or engine size.
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