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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 or something similar.

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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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.

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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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Before
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Action Shot
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The mess that was causing the issue.
The mess that was causing the issue.
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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 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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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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Here is my BB submission:

Clogged:


Accessing Clog:



Tools of the trade:


Ew!:


Yay! Sink drains!
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Slow draining tub (not mine!).  This is definitely one of the grosser BBs I've done so far.

Now to go clean his bathroom...
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Zip tool
Zip tool
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slow draining tub
slow draining tub
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Nasty
Nasty
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I say zip it, zip it good
I say zip it, zip it good
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Here is my submission for the Plumbing - Sand - Tiny List - Unclog a Drain with a Zip Tool BB.

While washing a load of laundry by hand, my bathtub stopped draining so I got out my Zip Tool and got to work on clearing the clog.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
- Before: A Clogged Drain
- Action: You in the process of using the zip tool on the clogged drain
- After: Your previously clogged drain, now draining properly

After finishing the laundry I dumped both buckets (about 8 gallons) and the tub drained quickly  :)
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Bucket of laundry, zip tool, and clogged tub
Bucket of laundry, zip tool, and clogged tub
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Using the Zip Tool
Using the Zip Tool
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Pulling out the clog
Pulling out the clog
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debris from the drain
debris from the drain
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draining freely :)
draining freely :)
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Unclogged the slow draining bathroom sink with a zip tool...

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Slow draining sink
Zip tool bringing up gunk
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Zip tool bringing up gunk
Slow draining sink
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Sink draining much better
Sink draining much better
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I love the Zip tool.  I was actually introduced to the concept by someone who uses chemicals everywhere else except to unclog drains.  Before that, had been using similar catchment sieve thing like is in kitchen sink — but it wasn’t 100% — so drains still got sluggish in the bathroom.  Really didn’t have a great solution until that knowledge bomb was dropped on me!

I can’t bring myself to show the ... thing ... that was rescued — hopefully some humor will suffice for the PEP BB!

P.S. Additional knowledge: Zip It Drain Cleaner
 
P.P.S. There are also a couple tangential posts on that site about inventions/patents
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Note: I hereby certify this badge bit complete and I’m curious about what you pulled out of the drain 

 
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Here is my submission for the Plumbing Aspect - Sand for Straw - Unclog a Drain with a Zip Tool BB (duplicate).

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
- Before: A Clogged Drain
- Action: You in the process of using the zip tool on the clogged drain
- After: Your previously clogged drain, now draining properly

The shower started draining slowly while showering so I knew it was time to get a new zip tool and clear the drain line.  
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clogged drain and zip tool
clogged drain and zip tool
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inserting zip tool
inserting zip tool
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extracting clog
extracting clog
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drained tub with clog and tool in tub
drained tub with clog and tool in tub
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draining nicely
draining nicely
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Clearing the slow sink drain has been on my to-do list for a while. But it finally stopped draining altogether while my partner was shaving, so getting it cleared went to the top of the list. I expected a lot of hair to come out, but I did not expect to fish out a q-tip, several bobby pins, and a pair of tweezers. I have no idea how those even got down there.

Got the gunk out of the drain and wiped off the sediment from the standing dirty water, and it was good as new.
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Not draining at all.
Not draining at all.
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Getting the zip tool down the drain was harder than I expected.
Getting the zip tool down the drain was harder than I expected.
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This stuff is disgusting.
This stuff is disgusting.
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The hair was expected. The tweezers, bobby pins, and q-tip were not.
The hair was expected. The tweezers, bobby pins, and q-tip were not.
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Next step: Clean the sink!
Next step: Clean the sink!
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Note: I certify this badge bit complete.

 
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I don't suppose a sink plunger would qualify? I don't have a zip tool, but I have a plunger that does the same thing.
 
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