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Brasscraft 1/2 in. x 50 ft. Drain Auger

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.
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is a 100feet long available

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MoTheman
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February 9, 2014
I need about a hundred foot auger to unclog my drain do you guys have any in stock at the store on S. Cooper In Arlington, Texas?
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THDCustomerSupport
Kennesaw, GA
February 11, 2014
Thank you for your recent inquiry with The Home Depot. I believe the best advice would be to talk to one of our many specialty department professionals at your local Home Depot store. For any other questions, please visit your nearest local Home Depot store or call us at HomeDepot.com Customer Service 800-430-3376.
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answer 2
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BrassCraft Mfg
Novi, Michigan
February 13, 2014
MoTheman,

Thank you for your question. If your local store doesn’t have any of 100 Ft augers in stock, it can be ordered through the Home Depot Special Order program. Just ask your local Home Depot’s Customer Service associate to contact BrassCraft directly to order the BrassCraft 1/2 In. x 100 Ft. Drain Auger (BC31000). BrassCraft Customer Service product experts are available at 800-835-2200.
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Can this auger be used to clear a vertical dryer vent?

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poolestina
Port Charlotte, Florida
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January 11, 2014
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HDAnswerman
January 13, 2014
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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answer 2
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BrassCraft Mfg
Novi, Michigan
January 15, 2014
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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answer 3
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Dar555
Littleton, CO
January 23, 2014
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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Dar555
Littleton, CO
January 23, 2014
I do not know exactly, I would say between 5-9lbs.
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answer 5
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Volts
Virginia, USA
February 18, 2014
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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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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houndlady
Miami then back to Panama
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December 20, 2013
http://www.homedepot.com/p/BrassCraft-1-2-in-x-50-ft-Drain-Auger-BC30500/100534792?N=bqoe
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BrassCraft Mfg
Novi, Michigan
December 22, 2013
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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answer 2
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Volts
Virginia, USA
February 18, 2014
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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DallasMom
Dallas Tx
April 13, 2014
It's heavy. Guessing btw 10 and 20 pounds.
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Is there a video on how to use this drain auger???

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Mikenoooo
castro valley
about 1/2 in. x 50 ft. Drain Auger on
December 17, 2013
Hi I have been using a power drum snake and have never use on that's hand turn or crank. Is there a video out there that show you how to use this manuel auger? Do you just pust it down the drain? How you do turn it to get it pass a pipe elbow or joint or do you just force it down??? Thanks Mike
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Dar555
January 23, 2014
Not that I'm aware of, but trust me you do not need a video. I am a 53 year old woman and this auger is the easiest thing I've used. You do not need to turn it unless you choose to, you just need to feed it into pipe and the weight of the auger will take it through. When you hit the clog you will feel it, I pulled it back about 8" after I hit the clog and then let the weight of the coil push through it. Make sure you hold on to the turn crank so that the whole auger does not pull through and go down the pipes. lol I know that sounds funny, but you will see what I mean when you do it and how that "could" happen. Good luck! It's the best thing I've ever bought, wish I bought it yearssss ago! :)
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answer 2
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Shine
March 12, 2014
The cylinder included has screws that help you grip as you twist the auger. Between the twisting and the flexibility of the auger it bends at elbows. I had about 48 feet of it inside my drain. You just place the end in the drain, push it in until is stops, then, start twisting. You will feel it give as it moves through the clog. You loosen the cylinder and push it out of the way (toward the end that's not in your drain) so that you can push it in further. I pushed it in until it stopped again, repeated the twisting until it moved again. As I said, I had nearly the entire thing down my drain, just to make sure the clog was taken care of. No video needed. If I can use this, anyone can do it!
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answer 3
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BrassCraft Mfg
Novi, Michigan
December 20, 2013
Mikenoooo,

Thank you for your question.
At this time we do not have an instructional video for this BrassCraft Drain Auger but we will add it to the list of videos to be produced early in 2014.

The steps for operation are as follows:
Loosen thumbscrew on grip handle provided.
Insert wire through handle.
Insert boring head into sink drain until clog is reached.
Replace and tighten thumbscrew on handle and rotate clockwise until clog has cleared.
Remove slowly. Flush drain.

If you have any other questions please feel free to contact our Product Experts toll free at 800-835-2200.
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Would this work for a Central Vacuum clog that is really plugged ?-

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Manxsmama
Poulsbo WA
about 1/2 in. x 50 ft. Drain Auger on
October 19, 2013
Used a YouTube Video and tried sucking with a ShopVac and our Central Vac
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BrassCraft Mfg
Novi, Michigan
October 21, 2013
Dear Manxsmama,

Thank you for your question. This BrassCraft 1/2 In x 50 Ft. drain auger was designed for use in small and medium household drains 2-4 In. in diameter (e.g. sinks, tub and shower drains)
This auger is NOT intended for use on or tested with central vacuum systems.
If you have any further questions, please contact our Product Experts toll free at 800-835-2200.
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answer 2
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vagirl
Virginia
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October 30, 2013
The Zip-It is roughly 16" long so it depends on how deep the clog is.
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will this item work to unclog our toilet

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Lee
bloomfield
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August 2, 2013
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BrassCraft Mfg
August 2, 2013
Lee,

Thank you for your question. This BrassCraft Drain Auger is not designed to work in toilet drains and is not recommended as it can damage the toilet bowl. To clear a clogged toilet we suggest you use a Bellows Plunger or a Toilet Auger for tougher clogs (see both links below). The BrassCraft Homeowner Toilet Auger (Model # BC40030) has a 3ft. cable and features a plastic safety guide tube that protects from cable scratching the bottom of the toilet bowl.
Feel free to call our Product Experts at 800-835-2200 with any additional questions.
 
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answer 2
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Delois
East Lynn, WV, USA
August 6, 2013
It will not make turns under sink so not sure about toilets. the end is stiff.
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vagirl
Virginia
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October 30, 2013
I have not had to use it as such but other reviewers say they have used it for the toilet.
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Is it safe to use this auger in drain for washing machine?

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Mrs. White
Atlanta, GA
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July 28, 2013
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Russman
Florida
July 29, 2013
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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answer 2
Asked by
BrassCraft Mfg
July 30, 2013
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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answer 3
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fw2013
July 30, 2013
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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Delois
East Lynn, WV, USA
August 6, 2013
yes if it fits it would be great
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Can this clear a downspout?

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Lil
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May 28, 2013
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GoldenRule
Maryland, USA
May 29, 2013
It should be able to clear the downspout. Using a vise grip may be easier to turn the auger.

To avoid leaves and other debris from plugging the downspout, consider installing a cylindrical metallic grid on top of downspout to catch leaves, etc.

Good luck to you.
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answer 2
Asked by
BrassCraft Mfg
May 29, 2013
Lil,
Thank you for asking the question and our apologies for not including the application in the part description. The 1/2 in. x 50 ft. drain pipe auger (model # BC30500) is ideal for clearing clogs in sinks, tubs, showers as well as down spouts and roof stacks. This product features high carbon spring steel wire which provides the flexibility needed to navigate tight bends. We hope that helps with your product selection. Should you have additional questions on using the product please do not hesitate to contact one of our Product Experts toll-free at 800-835-2200.

Thank you again,

BrassCraft
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answer 3
Asked by
fw2013
July 30, 2013
I would think yes. Snake from the top of the downspout, as the weight of the snake might cause it to fall back towards the bottom of the spout if you try to snake from the ground.
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Delois
East Lynn, WV, USA
August 6, 2013
Absolutely. I used it on my storm drain. But yeah if I needed to I could use on downspout
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answer 5
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elwash
Ohio
May 29, 2013
If it is actually the downspout that is clogged, it would be best to remove the downspout piece, and try to remove the clog with water pressure from both sides of the spout, and picking the clog out by hand, and you could use this product to help push the clog through. If the clog is below the ground this item will not work, normally these kind of clogs are a result of compacted dirt, leaves, and even tree roots. You would be best with any Auger with a blade on the tip, for this type of clog..
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will this work on bathroom drain

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ed
tampa
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May 6, 2013
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BrassCraft Mfg
May 7, 2013
Ed,

This ½ In x 50 Ft drain auger has a stiffer cable that cannot navigate the bends normally found in bathroom piping. For bathroom drains we recommend augers with cables ¼ In in diameter, and here are several options that you can find at your local Home Depot store:
BrassCraft 1/4 in. x 15 ft. Drain Auger Model # BC91015
BrassCraft 1/4 in. x 15 ft. Drum Auger Model # BC84150
BrassCraft 1/4 in. x 20 ft. Pistol-Grip Drum Auger Model # BC85200
BrassCraft 1/4 in. x 25 ft. Power Pistol-Grip Drum Auger Model # BC86250

Please feel free to call our Product Experts at 800-835-2200 if you have any further questions.
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answer 2
Asked by
GoldenRule
Maryland, USA
May 25, 2013
Yes, it could work. But, consider using a simpler tool if you just want to clear the trap of the drain. This item is designed to clear the sewer pipe farther down the line. Good luck.
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answer 3
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fw2013
July 30, 2013
For bathtub and basin it will work fine, but you may need to remove the trap in order to get it into the pipe, since most basin and bathtub drains have drains that will impede the passage of this snake, and the tight bends on the drain side of the trap might be difficult to get the snake through.

For toilets I recommend a toilet auger, which has a larger auger and a much better crank to get more torque necessary for such drains.
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answer 4
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Delois
East Lynn, WV, USA
August 6, 2013
no. the end is to stiff to make curves and turns in tight places. I don't think so.
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vagirl
Virginia
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October 30, 2013
It works great on bathroom sink and shower drains.
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answer 6
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elwash
Ohio
May 6, 2013
The pipes in the bathroom are smaller than the pipes in the kitchen. I use the 1/4 inch auger type for the bathroom, and it works very well for bathroom sink, and tub. I have both augers 1/4 X 25, and 1/2 X 50.
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Will this work if tree roots are clogging the line?

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Elizabeth
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April 9, 2013
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BrassCraft Mfg
April 9, 2013
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.
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answer 2
Asked by
jeff
Clarence, NY, USA
April 16, 2013
no!
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baffled
Erie, PA, USA
April 23, 2013
not a chance
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answer 4
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GoldenRule
Maryland, USA
May 25, 2013
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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answer 5
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Russman
Florida
July 23, 2013
For tree roots I would call a plumber. Should be around 150 bucks.
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answer 6
Asked by
fw2013
July 30, 2013
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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elwash
Ohio
April 9, 2013
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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are there different head attachments available if so what are they and how much are they and can more cable be attached

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christian
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February 14, 2013
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BrassCraft Mfg
February 15, 2013
Christian,

Thank you for your question. At this time we do not offer head attachments for this particular auger. We also do not recommend connecting two cables together. It not only can damage your piping system but also cause injury to the user.
To reach farther than 50 Ft. into the piping system requires a power drain cleaning machine. The Home Depot offers several models. To better understand your requirements and to position you with the best model for your project, please call our Customer Service Product Experts at 800-835-2200.

BrassCraft
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answer 2
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jeff
Clarence, NY, USA
April 16, 2013
head is the end of the cable, cannot attach different ones,you would be taking a chance trying to extend the cable
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GoldenRule
Maryland, USA
May 25, 2013
Unlikely. Tool designers probably researched on optimal head attachment for the cable of this diam. and length.

One attachment that you can buy or make could be a thin but sharp stainless steel blade attachment mounted rigidly along the cable with ~1/4" gap. It may be able to sheer/shave thin roots and unclog the blockage temporarily, until the roots grow back. Good luck.
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answer 4
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fw2013
July 30, 2013
No. The head is an integral part of this snake. This is actually a plus, since it eliminates the possibility of a head becoming detached from the snake and getting stuck in the pipe.
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