Hello - I'm just a homeowner who's done something dumb, and needs help!

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  1. Kim klein

    Kim klein New Member

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    I was trying to clean hair out of the tub drain (one of the flip lever type with a screen thing over the drain) using one of those plastic zip-it things? Well, the zip-it caught on the crossbars of the drain and about half the %)_(@!! thing broke off and is in the drain. I immediately flipped the lever to try and keep the zipit from going down the drain (so to speak) but now I need to see if I can get it out. I have a small diameter snake I could use, but I have to get the drain out as it won't go past the cross bars, and I'm not sure I'm strong enough to do that.... I gave it a whirl yesterday and got nowhere. :confused:

    I have read where heating the thing to soften up the old plumbers putty would help - is that true? Is there anything ELSE I should try other than to snag it with a snake? I was actually thinking a long flexible spring might work too - it might be easier to catch the teeth on the broken piece of zip-it with a spring...

    I would sure appreciate any advice you'd care to offer!! I'm so mad that this happened:mad:; I should have been more careful. Halp a lady out? :) Thank you!
     
  2. Smooky

    Smooky In the Trades

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    Can you see the Zip-it? A picture might help of what you are up against.
     
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  4. Kim klein

    Kim klein New Member

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    No I can't. that's why I closed triplever on the drain to try and (hopefully) keep it from sliding down into the pipe....A picture isn't really gonna show you anything but a tub drain. ;)
     
  5. WorthFlorida

    WorthFlorida The wife is still training me.

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    mell652 New Member

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    you need to attach a neodymium magnet to it and try to pull it out!
     
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