Archive for July 5th, 2010

Constraining a Sewer Snake

Constrained sewer snake

Constrained sewer snake

Had the occasion to run the flexy snake through a kitchen drain that turned out to be not as plugged up as I expected, which is always good news. Replaced the cleanout plug, hosed off the snake, coiled it up, and applied the usual three nylon cable ties to keep the snake together.

It took me years to figure out that last step. None of the old-school tricks work for me; I can’t tie knots in string / twine / rope while simultaneously holding those coils together and the snake resists any attempt to weave the loose ends into the bundle.

Mercifully, I don’t use the snake all that often and I don’t feel at all bad about tossing three cable ties each time.

You figured that out long ago, right?

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