what tool do you use to clean smaller pipes?

Discussion in 'Drain Cleaning' started by Pipe7000, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. Pipe7000

    Pipe7000 New Member

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    hi,
    i was wondering what the preferred tool would be to clean smaller lines such as sinks, bathtubs etc. I know there are handheld tools like the super Vee, as well as units that sit on the floor with a guide hose, like the Rigid K40. What are the pros and cons of either tool? which do you prefer and why?

    thanks
  2. Jay Mpls

    Jay Mpls Master plumber

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    Great big fan of the Ridgid K39af. No problem getting through traps and has a feeder.
    So even doing an overhead tub line is a neater easier job!
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    snake

    For those I use my Rigid cordless unit, which they decided to discontinue and stop making batteries for it. Which means someday it will become "useless".
  4. Doherty Plumbing

    Doherty Plumbing Journeyman & Gas Fitter

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    I have a cheap little Ridgid Auto-spin that works pretty good for what it is. The clutch system is plastic though so I'm just waiting for it to break heh.
  5. jonebell

    jonebell New Member

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    Hey,
    You can scrape your resin with a sharp knife or even tweezers. When you've scraped your resin, soak the pipe in isopropyl alcohol until it's clean. You may have to rub it mid-way through the soak with a paper towel or brush.

    Thanks.
  6. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Ummm I think perhaps we might be talking about a different type of pipe cleaning...
    Maybe you got lost on the way to the High Times Forums....:rolleyes:

    And Hi there Spammer Marcy Tate...
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2009
  7. Plumbermurrieta

    Plumbermurrieta Plumber

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    -Rigid pipe, usually installed in new homes, makes a neater installation, but it is much more difficult to install than soft, flexible copper pipe.
    -Flexible copper pipe is best for repair work since it can be run around obstacles without connections or cuts.
    -Copper pipe is available in three basic types: Type M is thin-walled, Type L is medium-walled and Type K is thick-walled. In most cases, Type L is good for home use.
  8. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Murietta. None of that applies to the original question regarding cleaning small drain lines.
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