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Model # BC30500

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1/2 in. x 50 ft. Drain Auger

$26.81 /each
  • Reviewers have saved money by using product over calling plumber
  • Consumers say it gets the job done and is a reliable tool

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Designed for most medium household drains, this BrassCraft 1/2 in. x 50 ft. drain auger features a high-quality spring wire for excellent flexibility in tight bends. The design provides maximum thrusting action, even through strainer crossbars.

  • For most medium household drains
  • Use to clear 2 - 4 in. lines
  • 1/2 in. x 50 ft. rust resistant, high-carbon round diameter spring steel wire
  • Galvanized "torque-twist" steel handle with easy spin speed grip
  • Open-wound boring head
  • Safe, reliable and easy use

Specifications

Dimensions

Assembled Depth (in.) 
4.50 in 
Assembled Height (in.) 
13 in 
Assembled Width (in.) 
8 in 
Cable diameter (in.) 
.5 
Cable length (ft.) 
50 
Maximum pipe size cleared (in.) 
Minimum pipe size cleared (in.) 

Details

Auger Type 
Straight 
Power Source 
Manual 
Powered cable feed 
No 
Returnable 
90-Day 
Winding drum 
No 

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty 
One year limited warranty 

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Will this work if tree roots are clogging the line?

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Elizabeth
April 9, 2013
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June 3, 2015
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It's not really the right tool for removing tree roots. For one thing, the auger's head isn't all that thick, so you'd just be boring a small hole through a big drain pipe. Also, it's hard to get good force behind this manual tool, so I'm not sure how well it would penetrate through thick roots. At best, you might partially clear your line with a lot of effort, but it would back up again pretty soon. You Read More
It's not really the right tool for removing tree roots. For one thing, the auger's head isn't all that thick, so you'd just be boring a small hole through a big drain pipe. Also, it's hard to get good force behind this manual tool, so I'm not sure how well it would penetrate through thick roots. At best, you might partially clear your line with a lot of effort, but it would back up again pretty soon. You need a rented electric auger and a cutter head. Read Less
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July 30, 2013
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I doubt it. For tree roots, you need a larger snake with a cutting head and lots of torque, only available from a power roto-rooter.
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July 23, 2013
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For tree roots I would call a plumber. Should be around 150 bucks.
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May 25, 2013
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It depends on the extent of root penetration. Even motorized augers cannot clear thick roots. http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-K-400-Drain-Cleaner-24853/100595071?N=bqoe#.UaGEtJzNn5c
FYI - Professionals bring with them ~0.75" diam X 100-ft. cables equipped with root cutting blade. They will recommend replacing pipes if roots are large enough.
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April 23, 2013
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not a chance
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April 16, 2013
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no!
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April 9, 2013
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Elizabeth,
This particular drain auger is designed to work on most small and medium household drains and is not recommended for clearing roots. For most main drains, sewer lines and root blockages we recommend a Cable Drum Machine that includes a ¾ In. x 100 Ft slotted end cable and a 6-piece cutter set. You can order this machine at your local Home Depot through their special order program, reference
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Elizabeth,
This particular drain auger is designed to work on most small and medium household drains and is not recommended for clearing roots. For most main drains, sewer lines and root blockages we recommend a Cable Drum Machine that includes a ¾ In. x 100 Ft slotted end cable and a 6-piece cutter set. You can order this machine at your local Home Depot through their special order program, reference BrassCraft part number ST-650.
If you need additional help, please call our Product Experts at 800-835-2200. Read Less
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April 9, 2013
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No this will not work with tree roots. You will need an auger with a blade at the tip for tree roots blocking the line. I have seen a product on the market for killing tree roots in the line, but I would recommend unclogging it first, then using the tree root killer as a preventative measure.
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Can this auger be used to clear a vertical dryer vent?

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Murray, Utah
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February 7, 2015
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sure, why not. It would be a little on the difficult side but it would do the trick.
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April 29, 2014
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No, that would probably not work. There is a cleaning kit made just for cleaning dryer vents. I just bought one and cleaned my vertical vent and it was clogged-up completely. The kit has a large cleaning head that fills the vent. It screws into a shaft section and then you screw together the other shaft sections as you feed it up the vent. When you've put it all together, fasten the bottom end to a drill Read More
No, that would probably not work. There is a cleaning kit made just for cleaning dryer vents. I just bought one and cleaned my vertical vent and it was clogged-up completely. The kit has a large cleaning head that fills the vent. It screws into a shaft section and then you screw together the other shaft sections as you feed it up the vent. When you've put it all together, fasten the bottom end to a drill and run the drill, moving it up and down the vent to clear it out. You will also have to get on the roof and clean the lint from the cap of the vent. Read Less
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Virginia, USA
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February 18, 2014
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I think it is too strong for a dryer vent. Also the cleaning diameter would be to small for dryer vents. The vents i have cleaned need a brush with bristles.
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Littleton, CO
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January 23, 2014
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I do not know exactly, I would say between 5-9lbs.
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Littleton, CO
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January 23, 2014
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Yes, I think it could be- as long as you are putting it "down" the vent and turning the auger and not trying to get it up the vent, the whole coil is too heavy to do that.
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Novi, Michigan
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January 15, 2014
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Poolestina,
This cable auger was not designed nor tested for use in dryer vents. We also suggest using the dryer vent brush that is effective in clearing dryer lint built-ups in ducts.
Please feel free to contact our Product Experts at 800-835-2200 toll free if you have any additional questions.
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January 13, 2014
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Hi Poolestina,
Drain augers are for clogs in drains and will not be effective in dryer vents.
Home Depot offers a dryer vent cleaning kit which has a 4 inch diameter brush to clean out dryer vents.
It is item # 202449691 on Home Depot.com
Mike,
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How much does this item weigh? I want to take one back home (living outside of the USA), in my suitecase.

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It is quite heavy. I would guess 25-30 lbs.
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It is quite heavy, around 20 lbs or so
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It weighs about 35 pounds. However, it is awkward to handle while trying to carry up a ladder to the roof of your house. It is best to have it coiled up completely, tie a nylon rope around the coiled drain, then tie a hoisting rope around the drain auger. Finally, take the other end of the hoisting rope onto the roof with you in order to pull the auger drain up there.
Keep in mind that this auger drain
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It weighs about 35 pounds. However, it is awkward to handle while trying to carry up a ladder to the roof of your house. It is best to have it coiled up completely, tie a nylon rope around the coiled drain, then tie a hoisting rope around the drain auger. Finally, take the other end of the hoisting rope onto the roof with you in order to pull the auger drain up there.
Keep in mind that this auger drain will feel more like 75 pounds instead of 35 while you are pulling up onto the roof against gravity. So, eat your spinach before attempting this feat...Just sayin'
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about 10 to 12lbs .. it will add some weight to suitcase.
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It's heavy. Guessing btw 10 and 20 pounds.
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Virginia, USA
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February 18, 2014
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reasonably heavy. say 20-30 lb. Item comes in about a 18-24 inch diameter coil. say 6 inch thick. do not remove ties holding it until use. it has some spring. is difficult to get in tight coil again.
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Novi, Michigan
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December 22, 2013
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Houndlady,
Thank you for your question. This BrassCraft drain auger weighs 15 lb (about 6.8kg). If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact our Product Experts toll free at 800-836-2200.
Have a safe trip!
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Is it safe to use this auger in drain for washing machine?

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July 28, 2013
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it's just fine, the washing drain is just like any other drain. Just slip the head of the auger in and push it through.
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Yes...The drain is no different than the ventilation drain pipe on top of your home above your kitchen sink.
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yup
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yes if it fits it would be great
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I cannot see any reason this auger snake could not be used in a washing machine drain. I wouldn't use it in the washer's hose itself, but for the drain it should work fine.
The drain I used mine in is from a washtub into which he washing machine drains, and it was quite effective.
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July 30, 2013
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Mrs. White,
Thank you for your question. You can use this BrassCraft 1/2 in. x 50 ft. Drain Auger in the washing machine drain if the drain size is 3 In. to 4 In. in diameter. If the drain is smaller in diameter, you can use BrassCraft 1/4 in. x 15 ft. Drain Auger (Model # BC-91015, see attached). It is designed to clean drains 1-1/2 In. to 3 In. in diameter.
Please do not hesitate to contact our
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Mrs. White,
Thank you for your question. You can use this BrassCraft 1/2 in. x 50 ft. Drain Auger in the washing machine drain if the drain size is 3 In. to 4 In. in diameter. If the drain is smaller in diameter, you can use BrassCraft 1/4 in. x 15 ft. Drain Auger (Model # BC-91015, see attached). It is designed to clean drains 1-1/2 In. to 3 In. in diameter.
Please do not hesitate to contact our Product Experts at 800-835-2200 if you have any further questions.
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This snake is pretty stout. Better suited for going
In through the vent pipe. I would go with something
Smaller if your using it inside the house.
Shorter and smaller in diameter.
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Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 172 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 1/2 x 50' Drain Auger Very robust unit and the extra length is great. Works great to clear downspout drains too! Highly recommended for the handyman's plumbing box. July 20, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Not helpful Tried this auger, no luck and handle was awkward . It is going back July 19, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Knuckle Buster Unless you have a straight shot of PVC pipe this thing is pretty much useless. Forget about it on cast iron, go rent yourself a good power auger and save yourself many knuckle abrasions. The "crank" handle served little or no purpose at all. It's about a 3/4" offset with a set screw in the middle. Couldn't return it for "sanitation" reasons as I had already attempted to run it through a cast iron main even though it was undamaged. Maybe I should have rinsed it off. I had this crazy idea they had people there that were paid to do those type things. Save your money. Rent a power auger or fork over the money to purchase one. Other people have given this thing a high rating. Beats the heck out of me. June 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Worth every penny! My wife tried to get rid of some fruit peels in our disposal. Soon after, the sink began to back up. I tried to clean the kitchen drain pipe out with my trusty 20’ ¼ “ drain auger and it couldn’t reach the plugged section of pipe. We tried Drano, hot water and plunger with no success. I was hesitant to purchase this ½” 50’ drain auger based upon the negative reviews but when faced with a plumbing bill of $150 to $300 I though I would give it a go. I took the advice of previous successful reviewers and purchased a Home Depot bucket and used a half inch drill. Put a ¾” hole in the center of the bucket and feed the head of the auger through the bottom of it. Leave the rest of the coiled section int he bucket. This will allow you more control of the 50 length of coiled steel. It also helps if you have a person feed a portion of the auger out the bottom of the bucket while one person tries to force the auger through the pipe.Wear gloves and put some type of drop cloth to keep the oil coating the auger and the gunk from the drain from getting everywhere. It took almost all the length before we hit the clog. I attached the other end of the auger in a ½” drill and had my wife slowly rotate the auger with the drill while I tried to push it through the clog. We won, the clog lost: took about an hour and a half and the drain works perfectly. Yea. Now my wife thinks she might keep me around a while longer. July 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Glad to save Plumber bill If your thinking of buy this go on ahead. It is great quality and price. We had a clog in our kitchen drain pipes. Used some products and tried our snake but it wasn''t long enough. So we tried this as one last try keep from calling a plumber. I'm so glad I did had the pipe unclogged in no time. This is great for any DIY homeowner to have. June 29, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by H D ee was mistaken We called the local store and told the employee we needed 1/2 in cable tor a machine. They got us this "this should work". It didn't. This is for hand clearing minor obstructions. We returned it. For what it is designed for, it's probably fine. We need strength & torque June 28, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Kinks very easily Cable kinks very easily making it difficult to use next time. The handle for rotating while feeding cable into drain is at best, difficult to rotate. It was agood idea, but did not have enough "offset" to rotate cable easily. Product works, but hard to use. June 28, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Got Through A Clogged Kitchen Drain I had a clogged kitchen drain and plunging didn't help. I initially bought the BrassCraft 1/4 in. x 25 ft. Power Drum Auger and Drano but they didn't clear my clog. I decided to try this auger as a last resort before calling a plumber. I'm so glad that I purchased this auger. Within 5 minutes it was able to hit the clog and catch a chunk of food (rice) in its head. I repeated the process a few times and it successfully cleared my clog. This thing saved me at least $100 from not having to call a plumber. The only downside of the auger is that it doesn't come with some storage container. I ended up throwing it in a cardboard box for storage. April 11, 2016
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