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Old 02-22-2009, 09:38 AM   #21
 
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I couldn't resist......



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Old 02-22-2009, 09:44 AM   #22
 
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Old 02-22-2009, 10:27 AM   #23
 
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I did it by myself without any help, the drain is now my beyotch.
I get this too. No men around here, I do it all myself. I rock.

Phoenix, if it makes you feel any better, this is in my future as well. My bathroom sink is draining really sloooowwly, and repeated uses of vinegar/baking soda just aren't cutting it anymore.

I'll try that Zip thing.
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Old 02-22-2009, 12:12 PM   #24
 
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I use Draino Dual Force Foamer in the black bottle (the bottle looks like a split pipe). Snaking the drain is better all around if you can do it - but my tub has a permanently attached grid over it, with the little holes. The holes are big enough that gunk can get through and clog it, but not big enough that I can get a snake in there, nor can I remove the grid. So Draino Dual Force Foamer it is. The stuff works great, and it always works on one try, with only half a bottle - I never need to repeat.

The bathroom sink, I've been luckier with. I can't remove the stopper from that either, it's attached from inside the drain. But I can pull it up enough so that I can get a straightened wire coat hanger in there and pull up most of the crap (and yes, it's just lovely... ). If that doesn't work, it gets the Draino DFF treatment, and again, it works beautifully, and you don't have to use the whole bottle or repeat it.

The kitchen sink? Don't know, I've been very lucky with that - it's never clogged so far out of three years in this apartment.

I've tried to be environmentally friendly, god knows. I only use eco-friendly house cleaning products, so it's not like I haven't tried. But that "Earth Worm" drain cleaner from Whole Foods, and the vinegar and baking soda treatments just don't do a thing.
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Old 02-22-2009, 12:51 PM   #25
 
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I wonder if a garbage disposal in the bathroom sink would keep clogs away.

I don't know about a zip it...but I've just removed the elbow part of the pipe below the sink and cleaned it. Placed it back on and Waa Laa!!! All issues gone. I had to actually do this myself because after asking DH for months to do it and finally giving up. Plus he gagged at the hair clog and smell. Of course he stood a few feet away constantly giving me advice.

Just be sure to use some gloves and have a pan there for any drippings.

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The kitchen sink? Don't know, I've been very lucky with that - it's never clogged so far out of three years in this apartment.

The kitchen pipe is the worst. Mine so slow, nothing worked. A friend of mine use a HUGE plumbers wrench and took off the main pipe past the elbow. It was like those pictures they show of clogged arteries. I took it to my backyard and scraped god knows how many years of gunk from that thing. That was about 5 years ago. So far I've had no more problems.
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Old 02-22-2009, 04:46 PM   #27
 
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Blech! I guess I have been lucky then, LOL! Although you should have seen the huge, gross, gooey clump of hair and whatever I dragged out of my bathroom sink with the straightened coat hanger! Put a pair of sunglasses and a hat on it and you would have had Cousin It!
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Zip It worked! Yeah!!! Water drains again...in seconds. Not minutes!
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Old 02-27-2009, 05:39 AM   #29
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Zip-it is brilliant!

Glad it worked.
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:23 AM   #30
 
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I call it "Slaying the Hair Monster."
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:34 AM   #31
 
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I don't ever get kitchen clogs (knock wood!), but for shower and tub drains, Whink Hair Clog Blaster is great! I had a clog that none of the other commercial drain cleaners - including the two part one - touched, despite repeated, extended applications. One 15-20 minute application with this, and it was totally clear and stayed that way for a couple of months until hair and henna built up again - I don't let big hair gobs go thru, but enough always gets by me to build up.

Now I just use it every couple of months, and it stays perfectly clear. Only takes one 15-20 minute 1-cup application, so it's more economical than the others, too. Need to do it this weekend - I did a henna/indigo gloss last night and I noticed this morning that it seemed a little slow. All that vegetable fiber gets caught up in the hair - yuck!

Zep brand drain cleaner from Home Depot also works, though not quite as quickly or as well, but you have to be very careful not to get it on the metal around the drain or it discolors it. No such problem with Whink.

I get my Whink at K-Mart and have seen it at smaller hardware stores, though not at Home Depot or Lowe's. Some Krogers, too.
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