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Old 11-18-08, 12:23 PM   #1
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CO2/compressed gas toilet plunger

The boys have a tendency to clog the toilet in their shared bath. Usually, I can clear it with applications of copious amounts of drain cleaner and the use of the toilet auger. The standard old plunger is useless.

Whilst at Home Depot last night on a restock the vat of drainer cleaner trip, I saw a "plunger" that uses small cartridges of compressed gas, like the size a co2 tire inflator for bikes uses. It was $25, which is about the cost of 2 gallons of drain cleaner.

Anyone used one? Thoughts? Good Tool or gimmick?
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just use ANFO....that pipe will never clog again.
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The boys have a tendency to clog the toilet in their shared bath. Usually, I can clear it with applications of copious amounts of drain cleaner and the use of the toilet auger. The standard old plunger is useless.

Whilst at Home Depot last night on a restock the vat of drainer cleaner trip, I saw a "plunger" that uses small cartridges of compressed gas, like the size a co2 tire inflator for bikes uses. It was $25, which is about the cost of 2 gallons of drain cleaner.

Anyone used one? Thoughts? Good Tool or gimmick?

I have heard of them doing damage to older pipes, but have no experience with them.
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Would only use it on toilet, which tends to clog internally, not inside a pipe, so pipe damage is not that big of a concern to me.
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Would only use it on toilet, which tends to clog internally, not inside a pipe, so pipe damage is not that big of a concern to me.
If you know the clog is internal to the toilet and not in your pipe, then go for it.

If that doesn't do it, try these.

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install a bidet. teach kids to use it. pretty easy to wipe a clean bum. less paper waste
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Old 11-18-08, 12:44 PM   #7
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Sadly, I live in Texas, land of the slab foundation. Installing new plumbing fixtures is not impossilbe but HIGHLY cost prohibitive.
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Oh, and I am not sure all the clogs are paper or human waste. I think many are toys with poor choices in places to go swimming.
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The potential entertainment value alone suggests you should give this a shot.
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needs to be filmed and placed on you tube.
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LOL - I agree!!
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Why am I suddenly recalling episodes of the Home Improvement show?

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so are you going to use the small canisters or the big ones?
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He should let me make some for him, and then use those. Have a friend film it (from a safe distance of course).
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You know, there could be a more economical solution involving Texas chili, some sealing tape and a fireplace lighter.
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BTW, as my toilet overflows with yuck, my heart overflows with joy that Foo did not turn this thread sexual.
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BTW, as my toilet overflows with yuck, my heart overflows with joy that Foo did not turn this thread sexual.
That could be arranged, you know.
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2 g... nvm
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Worked in body shop for years. We use compressed air for everything. Moved leaves before anyone ever thought of a blower. That said air in = air out. just depends on where out is exactly. I remember plugging all the drains with car tires(cars attached) and hearing something outside. Big mess from vent on cars in parking lot. Not fun well sorta fun cause your dealing with favorite guy things like exploding poop.
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The boys have a tendency to clog the toilet in their shared bath. Usually, I can clear it with applications of copious amounts of drain cleaner and the use of the toilet auger. The standard old plunger is useless.

Whilst at Home Depot last night on a restock the vat of drainer cleaner trip, I saw a "plunger" that uses small cartridges of compressed gas, like the size a co2 tire inflator for bikes uses. It was $25, which is about the cost of 2 gallons of drain cleaner.

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Works it does. BUT.......
make sure you make good seal ( hold firmly in place)
cause woo hooo! a wee bit of mess you will have otherwise...
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Works it does. BUT.......
make sure you make good seal ( hold firmly in place)
cause woo hooo! a wee bit of mess you will have otherwise...
which is why he needs to film this little escapade. Especially if someone can distract him while he's trying to make sure everything is sealed.
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Old 11-19-08, 02:23 PM   #22
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I find the mental image of jsharr w/ a Baby Ruth balancing across his nose distasteful.
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would it matter if I told you I look like Carl Spackler?
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Works it does. BUT.......
make sure you make good seal ( hold firmly in place)
cause woo hooo! a wee bit of mess you will have otherwise...
Yes - if not used correctly, they tend to 'back fire'. Do not stand directly over....
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^ that, jsharr, I might find amusing.
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