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Unclog Bathroom Sink

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Unclog Bathroom Sink

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets A new coat of paint can make worn, tired kitchen cabinets look new again. Thorough preparation is the key to successfully painting kitchen cabinets. How to Install Crown Molding Follow these crown molding installation steps to achieve professional results, adding visual interest and value to your home. Watch a video with Amy Matthews’ tips and check out step-by-step instructions. Laying a New Tile Floor Laying a new tile floor is well within the scope of most DIYers, but a successful job requires careful preparation, an understanding of how the various tasks are properly done and attention to detail. How to Unclog a Sink Drain Learn how to fix a clogged sink drain and keep the problem from resurfacing. How to Unclog a Bathtub Using the Trip Lever A trip lever is a fairly easy tool to use when a bathtub drain is clogged. Use these step-by-step instructions to get the drain unclogged. How to Fix a Clogged Toilet One of the most common and frustrating fixes for a homeowner is a clogged toilet. We had an 8,000-pound African elephant help us seriously clog a toilet just so we can demonstrate how to fix it. How to Snake the Main Drain Sometimes unclogging a drain can be difficult. That’s where a jetting machine comes in to tackle the situation. How to Fix Patio Drainage Problems Learn how to expose weep screed, create an exterior drain, and install a grounding rod to a pool pump in order to fix drainage problems in stucco and concrete. How to Unclog a Toilet Bathroom clogs are very common. Here’s how to use a toilet auger to get the pipes running freely. How to Replace the Angle Stop and Supply Line These step-by-step instructions make it easy to replace the angle stop and supply line in a bathroom.
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Unclog Bathroom Sink

In this video, Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey reveals the best ways to unclog a backed-up bathroom sink. Steps: 1. First, check the pop-up assembly to make sure it’s rising up enough at the drain line of the sink. 2. If that’s not the problem, disassemble the pop-up assembly by loosening the nut on the main drainage pipe with an open-faced wrench and remove it. Be sure to use a bucket underneath to catch any excess water. 3. Any gunk may be connected to the pop-up that’s released, or excess gunk in the drain can be scraped out by hand. 4. If there’s a stoppage further down the drain, use the hair snare and fish it down the drain to attempt to loosen the obstruction. 5. The last resort may be a drain snake. Fish the apparatus down through the pipes and through the p-trap to attempt to loosen obstruction.
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Unclog Bathroom Sink

Check The Drain Bathroom sink drain After snaking the bathroom sink drain, put the trap and pop-up back together and check to see if the stoppage is clear. If the drain isn't clear, you may have to snake it again and go further down the line to clear the stoppage. Once the bathroom sink drain is unclogged, check for leaks at all the joints by filling the sink and draining it all at once.
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Unclog Bathroom Sink

Step 5 Unclog a Toilet with an Auger A toilet auger has a long handle with a crank and a plastic sleeve at the bend so the cable won’t scratch the toilet. Here’s how to use it. Loosen the setscrew on the auger and push the cable into the drain until it stops. Tighten the setscrew so there is about 6″ of cable between the auger and the pipe (too much cable will kink). Crank clockwise and push forward. The auger may push the obstruction through. If the auger grabs something, pull it out, but test the toilet to determine whether it is unclogged. This process may need repeating. If the toilet continues to flush sluggishly or overflow after plunging and auguring, the toilet will have to be removed to reach the object. That’s when it’s time to call in the professionals. So when it comes to cleaning the clogs, use the three tools professional plumbers call their best friends: the plunger for the sink and toilet, and the two augers for the tub and toilet. They’re easy to use, and they’re a lot safer on pipes than chemicals.
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Unclog Bathroom Sink

Unclog a Toilet with an Auger A toilet auger has a long handle with a crank and a plastic sleeve at the bend so the cable won’t scratch the toilet. Here’s how to use it. Loosen the setscrew on the auger and push the cable into the drain until it stops. Tighten the setscrew so there is about 6″ of cable between the auger and the pipe (too much cable will kink). Crank clockwise and push forward. The auger may push the obstruction through. If the auger grabs something, pull it out, but test the toilet to determine whether it is unclogged. This process may need repeating. If the toilet continues to flush sluggishly or overflow after plunging and auguring, the toilet will have to be removed to reach the object. That’s when it’s time to call in the professionals. So when it comes to cleaning the clogs, use the three tools professional plumbers call their best friends: the plunger for the sink and toilet, and the two augers for the tub and toilet. They’re easy to use, and they’re a lot safer on pipes than chemicals.
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Unclog Bathroom Sink

After snaking the bathroom sink drain, put the trap and pop-up back together and check to see if the stoppage is clear. If the drain isn't clear, you may have to snake it again and go further down the line to clear the stoppage. Once the bathroom sink drain is unclogged, check for leaks at all the joints by filling the sink and draining it all at once.
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Unclog Bathroom Sink

Step 4 Unclog a Toilet with a Plunger Most toilet clogs are the result of curious kids who stick anything from toys to toilet paper down the toilet to see if it will flush. Here’s how to get the job done. First, remove excess water with a bucket. Using a flanged plunger, place the cup over the drain outlet opening in the toilet. Plunge up and down rapidly. Slowly pour a bucket of water into the bowl to flush debris through the drain. If the toilet doesn’t drain, repeat plunging or try a closet or toilet auger.
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Unclog a Toilet with a Plunger Most toilet clogs are the result of curious kids who stick anything from toys to toilet paper down the toilet to see if it will flush. Here’s how to get the job done. First, remove excess water with a bucket. Using a flanged plunger, place the cup over the drain outlet opening in the toilet. Plunge up and down rapidly. Slowly pour a bucket of water into the bowl to flush debris through the drain. If the toilet doesn’t drain, repeat plunging or try a closet or toilet auger.
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If you have a wet & dry shop vacuum, it can become a terrific tool to unclog drains. First, set it to vacuum liquids. Cover up the vent to prevent a mess. Then, create the tightest seal you can over the drain. You may want to get creative and adapt an old plunger head for this purpose. With the vacuum turned on its highest setting, it can be powerful enough to draw the clog up the pipe and into the vacuum bag. It doesn’t always work, but it’s worth a shot.