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    I am in a local box store in their bakery. They must have dumped tubs of glaze and frost. ing down the drain. I need to get a jetter bad. I do not want to go through that again. I new it had to be a soft stoppage so I gave the k-60 a shot. "Open winding scours the pipe and helps to move the blockage down especially well on a soft stoppage"....not on this one.
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    I have not been to impressed with the k60 on heavy grease clogs it did buy a adaptor form DCF to run my Duracable blades using a paddle blade made it better. Would it drain slow? If so hit it with dawn dish detergent pull some of that soap in helps a lot. Jet is best but there are other tricks that can get you by.
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    It was not draining at all. I used a small brass hose adapter...after a vacuum breaker...that gave me a good strong stream after trying to clean it for an hour. I did also try soap but I didn't know if it would work on icing. I would never have guessed it could be that bad.
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    Did you try blow bag? What about the old rag trick?
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    I ran in to something like this. At a local mom and pop bakery. I used a 5/8 sectional cable with a " custom made" pex hose. I hooked the pex up to the angle stop. Used hot water. I than guided the hose in to place. Keeping the shop vac ready to pick up the over flow. I tale you it worked like butter
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    Quote Originally Posted by affordabledrains View Post
    Did you try blow bag? What about the old rag trick?
    I only have a rubber style blow bag and it doesn't hit on much when trying to push it down a long horizontal run. I think I will try the other style. I didn't try the rag.
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    I had a soft blockage recently that kicked my ass.
    No exterior clean out so access through back to back toilets.
    Tried the rag to no avail.
    Working inside through the closet flange and could not find my blow bag, (need to clean my truck)

    Final solution, dig up to install a exterior clean out
    Found an old line tap that was letting mud wash into the line.
    Used a garden hose to flush the line and a shop vac to clear the pit.

    Need to get a water jet machine. And many more tools.
    Sometimes all it takes is work and more work...
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    Quote Originally Posted by affordabledrains View Post
    I ran in to something like this. At a local mom and pop bakery. I used a 5/8 sectional cable with a " custom made" pex hose. I hooked the pex up to the angle stop. Used hot water. I than guided the hose in to place. Keeping the shop vac ready to pick up the over flow. I tale you it worked like butter
    So you were running water into the drain opening water while spinning the cable? or did you actually feed the pex tube into the cables somehow and send it downstream?

    I have faucet/aerator adapter that I use to get to a hose thread (or disconnect the supply tube if it's a flexy on a K/S or Lav) and then I have some other adapters and a valve that get me to 1/4" soft copper. I wedge that into the drain opening and run hot water after the drain is opened.



    Gettinit: I think that hot water would have been your friend with the icing, but a jetter might have produced a lot of backwash until you popped it open. What size cable and what type of cutter were you using? I like the 4-blade cutters on grease and other kitchen related soft blockages. They come in several different sizes. How far downstream was the blockage?

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    Buy the replacement K1500 4-bladed replacement blades for your K60. Much bigger selection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gretsch292 View Post
    So you were running water into the drain opening water while spinning the cable? or did you actually feed the pex tube into the cables somehow and send it downstream?

    I have faucet/aerator adapter that I use to get to a hose thread (or disconnect the supply tube if it's a flexy on a K/S or Lav) and then I have some other adapters and a valve that get me to 1/4" soft copper. I wedge that into the drain opening and run hot water after the drain is opened.



    Gettinit: I think that hot water would have been your friend with the icing, but a jetter might have produced a lot of backwash until you popped it open. What size cable and what type of cutter were you using? I like the 4-blade cutters on grease and other kitchen related soft blockages. They come in several different sizes. How far downstream was the blockage?

    -chris

    First attempt. I just pushed it down the floor drain. Started to melt the crap. After that I let it sit in there for like 5 minutes. With only a tad bit of water backing up. After that I cabled it with the water flowing about half pressure. Than Cabled it all the way out finaly. Than Ran the hose again for 20 minutes. The lines works like " new" according to the owner> It took me 2 hours, but the other company said they had to dig it up. In the end the customer was happy. I also proved that the " bigger Company" in town in just out to upsale
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