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 kink in drain snake
Author: kaw (CA)

I have a small 25 foot drain snake that is powered by an electric drill.I was using it the other day and kinked it.I was thinking about heating it up with a torch to straiten it out.I was wondering if thats a good way to do it or is there a better way.

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 Re: kink in drain snake
Author: steve_g (CA)

The better way is to go to the store & buy a replacement cable. Sorry to say, they don't last forever. The last thing you'd want is for the snake to break apart inside a drain.

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 Re: kink in drain snake
Author: Nayman's Drain Services (Non-US)

I've had to retrieve a few Customer's cables.Generally, I've found tha after a Client has had a go at it, and can't get it to work, he spends more $$$$$ than if he'd called me in the first place.(Not a punishment thing, but the amount of hours spent trynig to fix his screw-ups.



Once a cable is kinked, replace it. Professional cables are made from aircraft grade, and will never straighten out again. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I have never had the pleasure(?) of checking out toys.

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 Re: kink in drain snake
Author: LemonPlumber (FL)

put it in a vise and re-bend it with a pipe wrench.no heat.but as said it is done and now a larger problem of breaking off in a drain could occur.this weak spoy will never be the same.

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 Re: kink in drain snake
Author: REALROMEO (MA)

FOR $30 or so you can get a brand new one at
Home DEPOT. AS mentioned trying to use old kinked
cable is going to cost you alot of money
when it gets stuck in the drain pipe.
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 Re: kink in drain snake
Author: hj (AZ)

That snake is such poor quality, that if you do anything to it, such as heat it, it may snap the next time you use it. Those 1/4" x 25' snakes, especially the ones at HD and Lowes, are VERY cheap so just buy a new one.

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 Re: kink in drain snake
Author: hj (AZ)

YOu really think it would cost $30.00? I would guess closer to $10.00, but I could be wrong since I have never priced one.

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 Re: kink in drain snake
Author: kaw (CA)

The cable on this snake is about 5/16 to 3/8 x 25 foot and it's good quality.The whole unit runs arount $350.00, it's powered by a built in electric drill motor.I very seldom use it because I don't do drain cleaning.Use it mainly for my own stuff.I thought maybe save a few bucks.

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 Re: kink in drain snake
Author: LemonPlumber (FL)

whoo 350 would not cover the heads cost for the drum pack.

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 Re: kink in drain snake
Author: hj (AZ)

In that case, how did you kink it, because "good" cables that size are very difficult to kink.

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 Re: kink in drain snake
Author: LemonPlumber (FL)

My boss asks me that all the time.force shear brute strength.But after a few years of every kind of caustic chemical known to man has had it's way with my cables .I did ask for all new spools .4,000.just to cover the large machines.Still dealing with six year old middle size 5/8 with a couple of bends.The 7/8" will go in the trash if it even looks crooked any more.Nothing like finding forty feet of cable a couple hundred yards from where it went in at.Thank God for manholes!!!

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 Re: kink in drain snake
Author: kaw (CA)

Well maybe it's not as good of cable as I thought.I just wanted to clarify that it was'nt one of those $30.00 drain snake you can buy at home depot.I was running the cable through the drain and it quit spining and knotted up .I was unable to shut it off fast enough.I was probably going to fast and lost control.Anyway thats my story and im sticking to it.

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 Re: kink in drain snake
Author: LemonPlumber (FL)

crap happens how you get past it to get the job done.I like .

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 Re: kink in drain snake
Author: jimmy-o (CA)

A good quality ( General ) 3/8 X 35' cable will run you about $75. Heating a cable will damage the temper and it may not be usable after.

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 Re: kink in drain snake
Author: hj (AZ)

Another factor in the life of a cable is the direction it is wound. I always use left wound cables because they "tighten" up when the going gets tough. Right wound ones "open" up and they can kink or snap easier.

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 Re: kink in drain snake
Author: Nayman's Drain Services (Non-US)

I only use General.
Aircraft type cable. And I always ask my customers if the have put anything down their drain. Caustics and acids eat thru the cable.
I'd sooner use a Drain King to open a drain if they have put crap down the tubes. Then auger

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 Re: kink in drain snake
Author: LemonPlumber (FL)

Like half my customers know where the sink is but they do not personally use it!And the maid and house man have no idea why four half gallon containers of professional strength liquid plumber ended up in the recycle bin.I cannot always tell at the start but know when the smell or the burn comes back through my gloves.I drop snake oil in or on the spools but ,It really does not seem to help.It is part of our cable charge now.Which doubles when I suspect chemicals.

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