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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Plumbing.

In this Badge Bit, you will unclog a drain with a zip tool. (Note that this BB is part of a 6-part choose your own adventure list BB called the Tiny List. You must complete six Badge Bits in the Tiny List.)

Some pictures of a zip tool:



(source: Amazon.com)

Some Related Articles & Videos:

How to Unclog a Drain Yourself Without Caustic Chemicals





To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are you must unclog a clogged drain, using a zip tool.

To document this BB, post pictures or a 2-minute video depicting the following:
- Before: A Clogged Drain
- Action: You in progress of using the zip tool on the clogged drain
- After: Your previously clogged drain, now draining properly
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Much better!!!
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I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete!

 
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Here is the undraining drain.



Here is me using the zipper tool.  It has smaller teeth than some because my drain is tiny and has a narrow throat that is split into four by a divider thingie.  



I'm so glad I don't have a thread going in the Permies Singles forum right now.

Staff note (Ash Jackson) :

I certify this BB is complete!

 
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I realized that I already did this for the nest badge, but since it applies here too, here are the visuals of what was done. The shallow clog of water is hard to see since it wasn't a full clog so much as a slow drainage at the time though.
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Action Shot
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The mess that was causing the issue.
The mess that was causing the issue.
Staff note (Ash Jackson) :

I certify this BB is complete! Enjoy your new Air Badge!

 
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The kitchen sinks were backing up and draining really slowly thus becoming a badge bit opportunity!  I wasn't sure if it was the P trap or a line clog farther on.  I started with getting out my long zip tool to run it down the line.  To get into the pipes I needed to open up a section you can see in the back of the second photo to get access to the pipe after all front pipe squiggling stuff.
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Here is a photo of the backed up sinks.
Here is a photo of the backed up sinks.
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This shot shows the back plug I need to get into. It's on the left side with the square "nut" end to grab.
This shot shows the back plug I need to get into. It's on the left side with the square "nut" end to grab.
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An action shot of me running the snake down the line.
An action shot of me running the snake down the line.
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After it was all put back together this is running the water to verify it is no longer plugged and drains well.
After it was all put back together this is running the water to verify it is no longer plugged and drains well.
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I hereby certify this badge bit complete!

 
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I first saw this BB and thought, "Aww, I just cleaned my drain." But then... a brilliant thought hit me! "I wonder how well my mom's drain is draining?"

Lo and behold, it was sluggish.
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This typical plan of attack did not work on this drain...
This typical plan of attack did not work on this drain...
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So, I had to remove the plug to get to the gunk!
So, I had to remove the plug to get to the gunk!
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I was appalled at how little gunk it took to clog this drain... poor design
I was appalled at how little gunk it took to clog this drain... poor design
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I hereby certify this badge bit complete!

 
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David Huang wrote:I think my submission above may have gotten lost in all the BB event activity so I'll make this little "bump" post.  :)  



David, I believe the proper protocol if your submission has not been looked at is to 'report' the post using the report button on the top right (on desktop) of your post.
Just notify them why you're reporting it- to get reviewed for a BB!

This will make it way easier for a staff member to see your post, bumping the forum thread really has no guarantees.
 
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Rebecca Blake wrote:

David Huang wrote:I think my submission above may have gotten lost in all the BB event activity so I'll make this little "bump" post.  :)  



David, I believe the proper protocol if your submission has not been looked at is to 'report' the post using the report button on the top right (on desktop) of your post.
Just notify them why you're reporting it- to get reviewed for a BB!

This will make it way easier for a staff member to see your post, bumping the forum thread really has no guarantees.



Thanks Rebecca!  I was unaware of that feature.
 
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