Yesterday, a friend asked my help, to clear a
kitchen drain. Sure, but on Monday. I went and
looked. Two basin sink, with the necessary
drain, J trap and such. Plastic drain tubing.
There is a Fernco coupler, and then the drain,
with a slight pitch. The drain goes out, some
where. I didn't go trace the drain line.
The HO and I unhooked the drain, with the
threaded nut. Let the water out of the sinks.
Loosen the clamp on the Fernco.
I managed to run the drain snake in, maybe
eight feet or so. Came out with a LOT of
light colored grease, on the last three or so
feet of snake. One of these, but no drill
Put the drain back together, and pour in some
water. No joy, not draining. I went home and
got some lye crystal drain opener. No joy. He
had two plungers, I tried those. He tried
boiling water. No joy. Still standing water.
I had another call. I left, and came back. We
took the drain apart. Again. This time, I
ran the snake until I hit a hard stop. Not
going any more. This time, the drain runs.
He insisted on put some lye crystals in, and
a load of hot water. The lye fumes nearly
killed us both, and got his wife, too. But,
the drain runs freely, now.
Christopher A. Young
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