Tips for snaking tub that has cable-drive drain?

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AlaskaTinker

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I have a tub in a rental unit with a cable-driven drain plug that constantly clogs with hair. I'm wondering what the best way is to get a cable snake in there to clean it out? I can remove the cover/handle, but the metal plate behind the handle does not have a large enough opening to allow me to insert the snake cable. Does anybody have any tips on how to get around this? Or do I just have to further disassemble the drain assembly? I'm attaching a photo that shows the plate that covers the overflow.
 

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If you want to snake the whole drain then the best thing to do is to go from the overflow. If the issue is only hair getting caught on the drain side, before the tee, then there's no point in snaking the whole line. You should be able to get it with a hanger, needle nose pliers or other small and slim objects.
 
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