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  1. John in Philly

     /  May 24, 2016

    One of our two local home improvement stores tells you whether the item is in stock, and lists the aisle and bin number for the item. Thus my interaction with the staff is almost zero, not a bad thing.

    When you are using a sawzall to remove a section of cast iron pipe to allow access for snaking, angle the cuts a little so the piece removes like taking a piece of pizza from the pie. Not a drastic angle, just enough that as soon as you get movement, the piece you are taking out is freed up, and not so much angle that the rubber and hose clamp connections do not fit. (easier to explain with a sketch)
    For smaller blockage, you can hole saw an access for the snake pretty fast.


    • We have an inspection port in the basement. I just have to get the cover off without destroying it.


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