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    Default drain auger, problems w getting it in far enough

    situation is a 4" driveway drain, clogged w/ leaves, gravel, etc. from rainfall over the entire driveway.

    I used a half-inch electric auger. But i cannot get it to advance very far, maybe 10 ft or so, and even that's a struggle, advancing it a couple of inches at a time. i tried both a small spade tip, about 1 inch diam, and a little bit larger about 1.5 inch auger type tip. Is there any particular technique to get it to advance?.

    i am pretty sure i remember renting a 1 inch auger years ago, which went in pretty far. Does a fatter cable hold its position better to advance forward?
    can i be sure it won't be too stiff to get it past the p-trap?

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    Outside drains = Dirt in the line!

    Generally speaking cables and blades have a tough time doing these lines going through the dirt.
    Add to that they are often substandard thin polyethylene or corrigated plastic pipes that are crushed flat. Blades will also chew these pipes up.

    I would recommend having this line High Pressure Jetted!

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    Default house built in 1924,assume drains installed then

    probably cast iron

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    Default Driveway Drain

    Probably Concrete Or Terri Cotto Clay 12" Peices With A 1" Space At Joints

    And Yes Your Cable Is Way To Small,
    You Need Water Flowing To Move Dirt And Trash Though Pipe

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    Your cable is vastly undersized for the chore you have chosen. In addition, the best way to unplug it is to come upstream from the outlet and wash out the debris as the snake or jetter loosens it.

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    Default can't go from downstream, it's city sewer. But I can..

    rent a One inch auger, which will be next step.
    thanks for help.

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