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    DIY Junior Member Nurpo's Avatar
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    Default Stuck snake in Vent pipe

    Here it goes.
    In my second bathroom. Sink and toilet are backing up into the tub. The water drains slowly. I used a 30' power auger, in the tubs vent and drain with no luck. All so ran the power auger threw the toilet, no luck with that either. So I decided to use a Tape snake on the Vent from the roof. <--- Big mistake .
    The Snake is 3/4" wide by an 1/8" thick and has a pointed head that rounds off towards its back. Made it past the first 90 and that was it. It stopped shortly after that. and now it wont come back. Tried pulling with all my might, it just wont budge. Any suggestions on how to unstick it with out having to open the pipe where its stuck at? I've read threw the forums I saw that on cable augers the answer was to winch it. Will this work on a tape?

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    Some people with the hand snakes ram to hard trying to make the turns and blow the back of the turns off. With out being there I can not give you any good advice , but if you did leave the pipe. Its time to open up the floor and remove the hand rodder that way.

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    You got one of these stuckż

    I just post cuz I like to see my avatar.

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    Yeah thats pretty much it. The head is slightly different though.

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    Opened the wall and removed the copper incoming drain line from the sink, thought I'd get lucky and it would be stuck at that place. It indeed goes down to the slab and stuck in a 90 below the concrete. As SewerRatz suggest is breaking the slab apart my next course of action or is there another alternative?

    Thanks Guys for your opinions.




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    I would hire a professional plumber !

    That knows how to cut the tee and remove your snake and has the size and
    kind of snake to properly clear the drain blockage and put the pipes back
    the way they should be ! ! !

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    Default Worked for me

    I tightened the set screw as tight as I could as near the clean out as I could and picked the whole machine up and used it like a slide hammer. 4 bangs and the snake was FREE!! I tried the come-a-long, that didn't work.

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