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    Question GREAT plunger HELP ??????????????????????

    [B] I am trying to fInd anybody that knows what a "black tom" plunger is? My dad had is own business in sewer cleaning "best way" sewer service. And he used to order these plungers above-- black toms,-- were printed on the black rubber cup. They worked so good, you could hadly work one back and forth. on a sink drain before you got the water moving.
    Please noone take a offence to this name, that is what they were called, please contact me if you have even heard of these! BOB S

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    The shape would be more helpful than the name, since the design could have been sold many times since he bought his.

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    I just told Terry this; I was seeking out one of the older plumbers here, might put me on to one. The cup was about 8" around and a real soft black genuine rubber.The o/s diameter of this cup had no edge just strait rubber from the handle to the edge of the cone .sorta like ---------, or just like a oil funnel turned upside down.and a wood handle like normal today plungers.No edge and banded on the handle with one screw clamp. thanks for the reply bob s ----------- They were taken off the market because of the name back then t think?. i'm talking the 1960s retired plumber

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    http://www.jasmro.com/Sku/066068

    I really like these but you have to buy from a company rep. I have one that I have been using for about 20 years of hard use.
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    What's a plunger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Swart View Post
    What's a plunger?
    your best buddy when you still have a Mansfield 160 in service ....

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    My daughter had three Mansfield 160 toilets in her new home. She bought three plungers the weekend she moved in, all three bathrooms were plugged.
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    Guess having Totos spoils all the fun.

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    Has anyone used the MP1600 Master Toilet Plunger () or a similar plunger. Its quite a different design then your typical plunger but it seems like it could be very effective.

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    I don't like the plungers with the accordion. I don't think any plumbers do. It can blow out wax seals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    I don't like the plungers with the accordion. I don't think any plumbers do. It can blow out wax seals.
    Yeah - they certainly move some water, but what I don't like is that they make it hard to get that push/pull thing like big rubber plungers.
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    Here's a pic. of the only way to use those things!!
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    I guess i've waited long enough on this thread. Nobody remembers "back tom" plungers.I'm not that old for cryin out loud.

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    Maybe calling something "Black Tom" is no longer politically correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hj View Post
    Maybe calling something "Black Tom" is no longer politically correct.
    This is True.

    The one I have is called a "Power Plunger", and is made of black rubber.

    You can get them at a OLD School Hardware store, Not a big box store.

    Calling them "Black Tom" is not a good idea if you are a Cracker, and is no longer politically correct. Depends on who you are.


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