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BrassCraft

Model BC85200

Internet #202755046

Store SKU #157372

1/4 in. x 20 ft. Pistol-Grip Drum Auger

$19.98 /each

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Designed for most sink, shower and tub drains, this BrassCraft 1/4 in. x 20 ft. Pistol-Grip Drum Auger features a center-balanced pistol grip that helps improve control and offers a comfortable operation. The auger's quick-lever cable lock provides fast, simple and secure cable adjustments.

  • For most sink, shower and tub drains
  • Use to clear 1-1/4 in. - 2 in. lines
  • 20 ft. cable with 1/4 in. diameter provides adequate reach into drains helping clear household clogs
  • High-impact polymer drum housing for durability
  • Quick-lever cable lock provides easy cable adjustments and securely locks the cable
  • Center-balanced pistol grip keeps the weight of the cable over your wrist for a comfortable operation and better control
  • Screw construction
  • Safe, reliable and easy use

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how do i actually use this auger ? i have very little plumbing experience, new home owner here

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October 11, 2013
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Chesapeake VA
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August 28, 2015
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Very simple in handling, just release the safety lever, hand drive it until you feel the clog, lock the safety lever back and start turning the handle. If you feel it moved, again release the lever hand drive it etc. Home Depot hosts some instructional video under same products, check them out!
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August 1, 2015
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The instructions are located under the label on the product itself. You must peel the label back to expose the instructions.
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January 14, 2015
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John, play out a little of the cable and put it down the sink. Turn the crank, while playing more cable out. Keep at it until you reach the clog. You may have to play around with it for a bit, but turning the crank causes the end of the bit to dig into the clog. Every once in a while, pull the cable back out and inspect the end. You should see some gunk or clog on the end. Clear it off, and try again. IF Read More
John, play out a little of the cable and put it down the sink. Turn the crank, while playing more cable out. Keep at it until you reach the clog. You may have to play around with it for a bit, but turning the crank causes the end of the bit to dig into the clog. Every once in a while, pull the cable back out and inspect the end. You should see some gunk or clog on the end. Clear it off, and try again. IF you keep at it, you should eventually get through the clog. Read Less
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July 15, 2014
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Very simple to use. Pull the auger cable out and begin feeding down the drain, into the pipe. Once the tip has reached an obstruction begin cranking the handle, then feed more of the cable into pipe and crank handle again. I usually will crank it as I withdrawn and rewind in its case.
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February 6, 2014
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You have to open up your pipe under the sink, It is called a "p" trap. It really looks like a "j" instead. This is pipe that comes down from the sink, and then slightly doubles back on itself then exits to a main drain pipe. Most sink clogs are usually in the "p" trap section. Since you have to remove it to use this, take a moment and run the auger end through the trap just to be sure. If nothing comes Read More
You have to open up your pipe under the sink, It is called a "p" trap. It really looks like a "j" instead. This is pipe that comes down from the sink, and then slightly doubles back on itself then exits to a main drain pipe. Most sink clogs are usually in the "p" trap section. Since you have to remove it to use this, take a moment and run the auger end through the trap just to be sure. If nothing comes out of that, then start feeding the auger slowly into the drain pipe. remembering to spin it slowly. In clear pipe, it should move freely. When it encounters blockages, it will bog down. At that point, stop turning it, and pull it back. There should be drain crud caught up in the auger. clean it off, and repeat feeding it down the pipe until you no longer feel any resistance to rotating it. If this doesn't clear your line, more equipped professional help is called for. NOTE>Wear gloves and eye protection. The material coming out of the drain pipe can contain all manner of infectious materials. Read Less
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October 25, 2013
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You pull about 6 to 10 inches out of the drum after releasing the latch.
Push the latch to hold the cable. Push the cable into the drain opening as far as it can goes.
Release the latch. pull out another 6 to 8 inches. Latch it again. Push the cable down. If there is resistance, you have either hit a turn in the pipe or the clog. Turn the handle clockwise and push the cable down. do this until the water
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You pull about 6 to 10 inches out of the drum after releasing the latch.
Push the latch to hold the cable. Push the cable into the drain opening as far as it can goes.
Release the latch. pull out another 6 to 8 inches. Latch it again. Push the cable down. If there is resistance, you have either hit a turn in the pipe or the clog. Turn the handle clockwise and push the cable down. do this until the water goes down the drain. If the water does not go down after 10 feet, (20 times of going 6 to 8 inches), then you have a problem either further down or you might have a T joint somewhere and the cable was going UP at the joint rather than going down. I had to call in a plumber. The first one could do it. The second one knew what he was doing. He listened to the sound from the wall and was able to determine when the cable was going up or down at the turn. He pulled back a little and push again until he heard the cable was making sound downward.
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Novi, Michigan
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October 11, 2013
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No worries, John!
For your convenience we have a video that explains how to use BrassCraft drum augers. If you have any questions after watching the video, by all means feel free to call our Product Experts toll free at 800-835-2200.
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can this product be used for kitchen sink clog?

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Yes but you need to disassemble the curved drain pieces underneath till you get to the pipe that goes straight into the wall or down thru the floor.
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February 17, 2015
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I used it for a kitchen sink clog. Just had to wind it through the drain so that it could go down the pipes fine. A little tricky getting past the 90 degree turn at the wall, but eventually got it to go through.
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January 14, 2015
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Yes, that's what I used mine for. You stuff the end down the drain, turn the crank, keep stuffing. Periodically put it out again and see if anything comes with it.
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December 18, 2014
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Yes it can, and very good to use.
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Tacoma, Wa
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February 6, 2014
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Yes, that is what I use mine for. I have a wife and teen that runs everything down the sink.
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October 25, 2013
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Yes.
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May 6, 2013
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Davies,
Thank you for your question. The answer is “Yes”. This BrassCraft Pistol Grip Drum Auger is designed to work in sinks, both kitchen and bathroom, as well as in shower and tub drains. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Product Experts at 800-835-2200
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Is there longer cable that can fit into this tool?

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October 19, 2013
Hello,

I purchased this tool due to the kitchen sink clog. I found it's easy to use. However, the cable seems not long enough to completely unclog the kitchen sink drainage. Is there any longer 1/4" cable that can fit into this tool?

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A frustrated home owner
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Chesapeake VA
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August 28, 2015
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No, only the length mentioned (25ft). If that is not enough you need to find another tool.
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December 18, 2014
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No
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February 6, 2014
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I seriously doubt it. these home owner grade tools usually are what they are.
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October 21, 2013
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Dear Homeowner123,
As the Home Depot Customer Support noted below, we do not offer replacement cables for hand held drum augers. If you are looking for a longer cable auger, the BrassCraft Power Pistol-Grip Drum Auger (Model # BC86250) indeed has a cable 5 ft. longer than your current auger.
Feel free to call our Product Experts at 800-835-2200 for additional assistance in finding the best solution for
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Dear Homeowner123,
As the Home Depot Customer Support noted below, we do not offer replacement cables for hand held drum augers. If you are looking for a longer cable auger, the BrassCraft Power Pistol-Grip Drum Auger (Model # BC86250) indeed has a cable 5 ft. longer than your current auger.
Feel free to call our Product Experts at 800-835-2200 for additional assistance in finding the best solution for your drain problems.
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October 20, 2013
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Thank you for your recent inquiry with The Home Depot. Unfortunately, we do not stock a replacement cable for this model. However, we do offer alternative models that may suit your needs. The BrassCraft 1/4 in. x 25 ft. Power Pistol-Grip Drum Auger (202755049) is 5 ft longer. This model can be accessed at http://www.homedepot.com/p/BrassCraft-1-4-in-x-25-ft-Power-Pistol-Grip-Drum-Auger-BC86250/202755049. Read More
Thank you for your recent inquiry with The Home Depot. Unfortunately, we do not stock a replacement cable for this model. However, we do offer alternative models that may suit your needs. The BrassCraft 1/4 in. x 25 ft. Power Pistol-Grip Drum Auger (202755049) is 5 ft longer. This model can be accessed at http://www.homedepot.com/p/BrassCraft-1-4-in-x-25-ft-Power-Pistol-Grip-Drum-Auger-BC86250/202755049. For any other questions, please call us at HomeDepot.com Customer Service 800-430-3376. Read Less
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Is it possible to buy a part so that it can be attached to a drill? I already own it but wish I got the drill auger...

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March 10, 2016
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Thank you DIYGuy for the question. Unfortunately the model that you purchased is designed specifically for manual operation only. This product cannot be converted for drill use. If you have any questions on use of this product please do not hesitate to contact one of our customer support team members toll-free at 800-835-2200.
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Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 64 reviewers.
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Snake got a kink The snake worked fine up to a point, then got a kink in it so it would go no farther and didn't clear the drain. The kink probably was my fault. Because no directions came with the auger, I didn't realize you had to take it very slowly, letting out the snake only an inch or so at a time. I was able to use maybe 5 or 6 feet of the snake before it kinked -- the rest of the snake then became unusable. Have since ordered a Drain King -- here's hoping. I'm afraid by the time I'm finished -- after a couple bottles of Drano, the auger and the Drain King -- it probably will have been cheaper to simply call RotoRooter or someone similar. June 28, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by One fatal flaw There is one fatal issue with this snake/auger. The cable portion rusts! Have a blockage somewhere causing our kitchen sink to backup and the dishwasher to not drain. After 2 different draino-type products didn't work, we bought this item. The housing is made of heavy duty plastic and well conducted. Operates as it should (with 2 people: 1 to feed in the cable and 1 to turn it). Unfortunately, it didn't solve our issue. But I'm not basing the poor rating off that. The poor rating comes from the fact that 3 days after initially using it, the plumber being a "no show", and 5 days without a sink, we pulled it out to try again. The cable is covered in rust. If you're willing to wipe down the cable as you feed it back into the auger, I suppose this could be avoided. Otherwise, don't expect this tool to be in good shape the next time you go to use it. July 29, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Did Not Work For Me and No Refund I purchased this product to unclog my bathtub drain. After several failed attempts, I had to call a plumber. He came in with a similar instrument, but more power (drill like component) and removed the clog (hair) within seconds. He told me that what I purchased didn't have enough power and wasn't worth the money. I went to return it and found out there was a no return policy on it. I understand there are some people who will use it successfully, then return it, but that wasn't my case. This product simply didn't do what I purchased it to do and I don't think it's fair that I can't return it. So, I don't recommend you purchase this product because you might need something a bit more powerful to remove a significant clog and you won't be able to return it. June 28, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 1/4 in. x 20 ft. Pistol-Grip Drum Auger review easy to use & fixed the line plug about 5 foot in the drain. A good rinse after use and a few shots of WD-40 will have it ready for next time. June 28, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Got the job done! Ease of use. Worked as expected. Good price and sturdy product. June 28, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent purchase My husband was ready to call in the plumber but knowing how high that bill would have been, I told him it wouldn't hurt to give this a try. This inexpensive item saved us from a very large plumber bill. Our floor drain in the small room with the water heater, located in the basement started backing up and our toilets stopped working. We have 3 kids so this had to be fixed immediately. I think it cleared the blockage on the first try but I sent it down the floor drain 3xs just to make sure. Everything is back to normal. September 10, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Ok for very minor job Item is easy to use but spending a little more on a power tool is well worth the money. Unpowered auger takes much longer and is easily bent when working through clogged sections and going through bends in pipes. With this tool I was unable to unclog a shower/tub drain and with a powered auger completed the job in 5 minutes. May 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by It works! Great for clogged toilets and sinks. I had an issue with both and was able to unclog both using this device. I also tried using this to rod out the main sewer clean out, but there is a little too much flex in the cable and a 100ft cable is what I needed. Works great and is easy to use. May 10, 2016
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