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1/2 in. x 50 ft. Drain Auger

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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
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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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I was able to successfully clean my main line, with roots, with this tool. Needed two passes however, after using some liquid cleaners that failed to clear it. Not sure the liquid was necessary, but it probably did help loosen things up, grease and hair. One thing I would recommend that you do is gently work the snake in a few feet, then, back it up a few feet. Move it in a little more. Keep doing this. Read More
I was able to successfully clean my main line, with roots, with this tool. Needed two passes however, after using some liquid cleaners that failed to clear it. Not sure the liquid was necessary, but it probably did help loosen things up, grease and hair. One thing I would recommend that you do is gently work the snake in a few feet, then, back it up a few feet. Move it in a little more. Keep doing this. Take your time. Also, I didn't have a 1/2'' drill, so I made sure to twist the entire snake about 20 twists when it was all the way in, to make sure I was breaking up whatever was on the line. This helped push it through on the 2nd pass (didn't twist the first time). Another thing, do use a towel as you pull the snake out (slowly) so the doo-doo water doesn't splash everywhere, for one, but also to partially clean the snake as your pulling it out. I heard folks complain about rust. If you properly clean your snake after snaking is done, wipe it down with wet rags and then dry it (hang or towel), it won't rust. I can't believe I paid $300 for this back in January. For $42 (for the wrench) and $26 dollars for this auger, plus a bottle of main line cleaner for $10, I got the job done myself AND have the tools (and experience, now) to do it again when needed. Like, right before guest are visiting. Anytime I see the draining start to slow, I'll be snaking. Feel great about doing this myself because I live around a lot trees with old sewer lines and this has been a problem for years. Problem solved. Read Less
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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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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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Is it safe to use this auger in drain for washing machine?

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July 28, 2013
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Santa Maria, CA
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It is probably safe but you may have difficulty getting it through the trap. a smaller, more flexible shaft auger might work better,
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Murray, Utah
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February 7, 2015
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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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Crystal River, FL
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June 17, 2014
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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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July 30, 2013
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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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July 29, 2013
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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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Can this auger be used to clear a vertical dryer vent?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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1/2 in. x 50 ft. Drain Auger is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 196.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It worked! The long (50 foot) auger reached the obstruction when my 25 foot hand rotating device would not. It did clear the drain. The bent pipe/handle was not of much use. You are supposed to be able to turn the auger with this slightly offset tube with a thumb screw. With 40 feet of auger running inside a pipe with several bends the handle was not doing the job. Just pushing the auger into the pipe until it stopped then pushing with much force finally dislodged the obstruction. My 25 foot auger has a canister that holds the entire 25 feet and it has a handle that allows it to be turned easily. If your obstruction is less than 25 feet from the opening the 25 foot setup costs less and is easier to use.
Date published: 2016-09-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worthless to me This thing is useless. I inserted into the outside cleanout and I know there is a 90 at the bottom and another 90 about 5 feet away underground. I can get my small ridged snake through both 90's using my drill. I could not get this past the second 90. I even put this on a drill with the help of my wife about 40 ft away to help spin it (carefully of course). This is junk and a waste of $29.
Date published: 2016-07-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Useless. The cable is solid, but the crank IS NOT WHAT IS SHOWN IN THE PICTURE and as others have... Useless. The cable is solid, but the crank IS NOT WHAT IS SHOWN IN THE PICTURE and as others have stated is utterly useless at "cranking" the cable once you hit the clog. It's barely more than a straight pipe you thread the cable through and does nothing more than provide a little grip to manually twist the cable using the screw. Prepare for warn out wrists and fingers. I wasn't able to clear the clog with this.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Auger useless Snaked the auger out till it reached the clog. The part that you would use to get the rotation was not effective and all but unuseable. It would probally work if it was more offset. I had my 1/4" auger that my drill attached to and was able to clear 3 tampons rubber bands and wig hair that caused the obstruction.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This drain auger worked fairly well, it serves the purpose as long as the clog does not include ... This drain auger worked fairly well, it serves the purpose as long as the clog does not include heavy roots, as there is no cutter available. The biggest drawback is that you have to use a push-pull motion along with turning to clear clogs. For light to medium use it is just fine.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very difficult to use Unable to even go past 4 to 6 feet down the drain as this snake is very difficult to maneuver. I took it back to return it the next day but was told this item cannot be returned.
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saved me at least $200 bucks. Background on me: I am a 27 year old female college student who has absolutely 0 technical skills when it comes to home maintenance. That being said, I also didn't have $250 for a house call to get them to unclog my kitchen sink. I did some research, read some e-how pages and decided to shell out the $30 for this plumbing snake thing. Brought it home, futzed with undoing all the pipes under the sink and stuck it in the drain. Found the clog maybe...3 or 4 feet in? Cleared the clog, put everything back together. The whole thing took me maybe 30 minutes. I saved $220 and also got a nifty little sense of accomplishment. Totally worth it.
Date published: 2014-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Drain Aguer Bought this August 27th 2016 for a clogged drain. Used the other reviews and used my drill for power. Easy insert to the vent tube on the roof until it stopped, Gave an extra push then stretched the auger cable out connected the drill and started spinning, it slowly worked its way in. Backed it out and did it again. In fact did all 3 on the roof. Pipes cleared up and no problems with the washing machine backing up into the sink. Yes I recommend this product. Use common sense and it works like a dream. Better than calling a Plummer out on a weekend at $150.00
Date published: 2016-08-28
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