Best drain cleaners & pumps according to redditors

We found 1,918 Reddit comments discussing the best drain cleaners & pumps. We ranked the 961 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Rough Plumbing:

u/RXrenesis8 · 389 pointsr/wheredidthesodago

What is your solution for the shower hair? I've just been draino blasting it when it gets clogged.

Edit: Wow I have a lot of replies!

Here are the top suggestions:

  1. Take a coat hangar and bend it into a hook, then jimmy-jam that sucker down the pipe and pull out the hair debacle.

  2. Similar to a coat hangar is this little spiky dildo that goes in easy but comes out like a horny duck. It promises to fuck the hair right out of the drain and is $2-4 online or at your local hardware store.

  3. Never let the offending hair get down the drain in the first place; brush it out first, stick it to the wall, or use a handy drain prophylactic. (again, online or at your local fix-it store)

  4. Various formulations of DIY draino, most common being bleach and boiling water. (Hot water will denature some proteins all on its own)
u/KhabaLox · 50 pointsr/LifeProTips

Less than $5 on Amazon.

u/themapoe · 43 pointsr/legaladvice

I don't know if you Dutchies have Amazon, but in the future, use a drain snake when you notice the douche cabin isn't draining as well. There is absolute no need to use sink unclogger on hair and conditioner. Using the snake will keep the clog from getting really bad.

u/surgeandoj · 36 pointsr/gadgets

Something like this has been around forever, I had one as a kid. It works great.

u/bekahboo1989 · 32 pointsr/WhitePeopleTwitter

Here you are. Years ago Chick-fil-A gave away something like this in their kid meals. We used it for years. These things are honestly pretty handy.

u/HPchick87 · 29 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

This fits on the tub nicely, and you don't have to worry about purchasing extra bottles, or a messy transfer.

u/PizzaGood · 27 pointsr/funny

I suggest this:

3 or 4 bucks at a hardware store. In/out and the drain is clear, 10 seconds. No fishing around with a coat hanger. Reaches way the hell farther down around corners than you can with a coat hanger.

u/BusterVadge · 27 pointsr/trashy

One of these should do the trick

u/pilsburydohbo · 23 pointsr/meirl
u/Matrinka · 21 pointsr/wheredidthesodago

You can get a Zip-It which does the same thing for about $2.50 at Lowes or Home Depot. It is disposable, though, not reusable.

u/danibobanny · 19 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Zip-it's ... a plastic thing that goes down the drain and pulls up the hair. All it is that's clogging your drain is hair, and this avoids putting very harsh chemicals down your sink (which is bad for your plumbing as well as the environment!)

I've found them a lot cheaper than this, but this is the product:

And even though it says it can't be reused, it totally can. Eventually the little teeth fall off and you have to get a new one but you can get like 20 uses out of 'em, or more if you just pull the hair off of them when you're done using them.

u/VelociraptorHighjack · 18 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

Buy a 5 dollar Zip product at your favorite discount store. You can just rinse and reuse for a long time and they work great for long hair removal. Amazon

u/DesperatePleasure · 17 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Getting a timer, might work. This is what I use for my water solution for plants.


Mini Resistor:


Works perfectly and I never have to adjust it unless a week long rain is in the forecast.

u/bugalou · 17 pointsr/whatsthisbug

Drain fly larva. As an aquarium enthusiast, I see these all the time. In your case your drain is nasty and needs to be cleaned. I suggest one of these:

Chemically killing them will work, but if the drain is still mucked up another fly will lay eggs eventually.

u/DazarGaidin · 14 pointsr/vandwellers

The only gadget like thing i have that people might not know about, and im sure some people here would, is a water bandit.

u/meat_tunnel · 14 pointsr/funny

Ditch the toothbrush, use a drain zipper.

u/01001000 · 13 pointsr/homeowners
u/BigRodInPhilly · 13 pointsr/HomeImprovement

You need one of these. It will keep the water hot at a distant tap. It also cuts down on wasted energy heating water that eventually just get cold anyway. Insulating the hot water supply line to the bathroom will help too.

u/Crossswampfast · 13 pointsr/AsianBeauty

When I wash my face, water runs down my arms, it splashes out of the sink and it goes everywhere. I laid towels around the basin, stood on a bath mat... And I was still getting water everywhere. Which means eventually, my bathroom cabinet was going to warp or the subfloor would get damaged. (Which is actually a problem we already have had, from the previous owner having the same problem.)

This turns out to be an engineering problem. My face is above the faucet because I'm taller than the sink. The water flows downwards because the faucet points downwards. I have to scoop water in my hands upwards to my face, but my hands are not great scoops, and most of the leakage/splashing is draining down my forearms. By redirecting the water, I can keep my hands mostly out of the equation and limit the splash/leakage.

My sibling has a Jokari Whale Faucet Fountain for my niblings when they're brushing their teeth. It just slips onto the faucet and creates a bubbler. It tolerates warm water well, comes off easily -- very useful for shared spaces -- and is easy to clean. I turn on the faucet, then just lean my face into the stream to rinse.

And for six bucks, I no longer have water everywhere!

u/gooberfaced · 12 pointsr/LifeProTips

Every home needs a Zip-It in every bathroom.

u/angrybubble · 11 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

Sometimes I find brushing my hair before I shower helps get rid of a few loose hairs which saves my drain from getting clogged as fast. I also keep a trash can right next to the shower so as hair comes loose in the shower I can just put it in the trash instead of down the drain. (this really only works well if you have long hair. When my hair was short it was pretty much impossible to catch it and toss it)

If you're able to remove the drain plug then a plastic zipper style drain cleaner works amazing. I used to buy Drano and it took forever and never really cleaned the drain very well plus it's not very good for your pipes. The zipper cleaner thing physically pulls out all the hair which is faster and more effective than trying to slowly dissolve it. I buy them for cheap from my local hardware store in the plumbing section.

If you can't remove the drain plug then covering the drain with a drain hair catcher works pretty good at catching hairs and drastically slowing down the time it takes to clog the drain. Some of them stick to the tub, some of them just sit on the top of the drain, some are reusable, some are disposable. Depends what your preference is but they work pretty good too and especially on drains that have a plug that is hard to remove.

u/ribosometronome · 11 pointsr/environment

It's not just about recycling, though. The three Rs are in order: Reduce, reuse, recycle! Recycling is important but it's way better to not make waste in the first place.

Another idea might be something like this:

They go on top of those big multi-gallon jugs that you can either refill with tap or your local grocery store might have a filtered water refill station.

u/Spongi · 10 pointsr/Frugal

What you want is something like this. I know/knew a guy who lived out of one of these and used it like a mini-rv.

He gutted the back and installed a bunk bed, shower, kitchen with fridge/freezer and some general storage.

If you have somewhere you can park it and can make use of some of the surrounding land you can do a few neat things.

1: use a compost style toilet. Build a compost bin and all your organic waste (this includes human waste ie: poop) goes into the compost bin.

This only leaves plastic and metal trash that can be recycled. So you won't need to pay for trash service or deal with sewage.

If you don't have room to build a shower in your van/truck you can build a small outdoor shower. Anything from a $10 solar shower bag from wal-mart to a 5 gallon bucket of water heated with a portable plugin water heater. You can buy those at any farm & tractor supply type stores.

They heat up fast too, 5-10 minutes. You can also use this method to heat water for doing your dishes too.

For that you'll want 3 plastic tubs from wal-mart ($1-2 apiece) Use one for hot soapy water and 2 others with clean water for rinsing. Wash, prerinse, rinse.

For food, your cheapest bet is dry/canned goods. Or you can get a small fridge or freezer and run it off a battery and charge the battery up once or twice per day.

For cooking you can get gas powered stuff and cook outside or electric portable stuff (toaster oven, microwave, hot plate) and just turn your vehicle on when cooking.

u/CantRememberMyUserID · 10 pointsr/WTF

Get one of these - Zip-It plastic drain cleaning tool. Costs about 3 dollars; pulls this crap out of the drain really easily so you use it more often which prevents worse stuff.

u/mfcrunchy · 10 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

Or just get a standard tank and one of these:
Watts 500800 Instant Hot Water Recirculating System with Built-In Timer, Easy to Install

Works quite well for me. I set it up to a smart home plug so it is only running when someone is home.

u/palette_ · 10 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I bought one of these for my CeraVe Cream and it fits perfectly! Highly recommended!

u/Cheeserole · 10 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Alternatively, you can get yourself a lid pump for your tub! Never have to open your tub again after the one time, and then you can just switch to the next one without much fuss or contamination.

u/mistersausage · 9 pointsr/homeowners

Just buy a Zip-It (or the generic version). These work really well on tubs and showers for me.

u/katismaximus · 9 pointsr/MakeupAddiction

I bought this pump for my Cerave jar so I don't have to stick my fingers in off of Amazon.

u/squidboots · 8 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Well, there are a number of 16 oz jar lid pumps on Amazon. I just ordered this one to see if it fits the CeraVe jar. if it does, I'll report back. If not, I'll probably scavenge the pump, drill a hole in the CeraVe jar lid and stick it in there anyway. But it would be nice if it actually fit without having to do that!

Since my boyfriend has now discovered my jar and has started using it (how does he manage to always find my stuff?) I now have concerns about its hygiene.

u/KingNorris · 8 pointsr/wheredidthesodago
u/getElephantById · 7 pointsr/homeowners

I bought this thing on a lark. It's a bendable plastic strip with little teeth to catch on debris. You use it like a snake. It actually works really well to get hair out of there before there's a clog. It's absolutely disgusting, but it does pull lots of hair and other stuff out of the drain.

Edit: product says it's disposable, but I've used the same one for a year and a half; you just have to be willing to clean it after you're done using it.

u/CrowWarrior · 7 pointsr/homeowners

You guys need a hot water recirculating system. Easy to install and not too expensive.

u/VanLifeCrisis · 7 pointsr/vandwellers

Now its up to you to figure out your ethical ground, but you can buy the tool you need to use those faucets.

You can also buy a thing called a water bandit that lets you hook up a length of hose to any faucet, even unthreaded. I will use it in gas station bathrooms to fill an aquatainer (with permission).

u/DV8_2XL · 7 pointsr/Plumbing

Or you can buy arrestors already made for this situation that look like this

u/mrplug · 7 pointsr/HomeImprovement

You got city water???? Water powered backup pump!!!!!


Some use like 1 gallon of water to push 2 gallons out.

I have a battery back up one. This is my next purchase. Batteries can fail or die. Your city water will always be on.

However for the sewage I wouldn't use your below grade pumping during an outage.

u/kryzchek · 7 pointsr/Buffalo

I shut off the water going to the outside hose bibs and cover them with one of those styrofoam covers. The screen in the front door is replaced with the glass insert and I make sure all of the windows are shut tight and locked. The winter equipment is swapped with the summer stuff in the shed, and that's about it.

u/accidentalhippie · 7 pointsr/camping

We've been camping with our daughter since she was one. The only "toys" we take are a sand bucket, a toy shovel, a ball and bubbles.

We try to arrive early so we can pick a good campsite. We try to find one where we can use our car as a barricade between our campsite and the road, and one that also has open space behind the designated "campsite". Here are a few pictures of what I mean.

In this picture you can see I kind of parallel parked instead of pulling straight in, lined up with the road, so there is a very obvious line. "Don't go past the car.". (For clarification, the kiddo is in the tent with Dad, and I stepped into the "open area" for a second just to capture this picture. No fires left unattended. Promise.).

When we first took her camping we held her hand close enough to feel the warmth, and told her "This is hot, and you should not touch it. If you do it will hurt.". She helps me cook and is familiar with hot food and the hot stove/oven, so she understand pretty quickly. We also emphasize not running near the fireplace, and that rule seems to have stuck well with her.

In this picture you can see the benefits of the bucket/shovel combo. Our site was actually slanted and a lot of rocks had gone outside of the timber bounds, so we had her hauling rocks back into the campsite the whole time. Leave things better than you found them, eh? She added sticks and called it a tree house. I used the sticks as kindling that night. You can also see why I picked this spot - look at that open play area behind our campsite!

We use a toddler cot for our daughter, and have since she was very young (she's three now). My last suggestions are to have a flashlight just for them, and if they are past the "everything is food" phase, bring glow bracelets. We put one on each limb after dark so that she is easier to see.

We checked out library books about camping before going, and watched a Barney episode about it. That seemed to help, as she knew what to expect and was excited about it.

Plan food, but have a back-up method. It's pretty miserable when you plan on roasting hotdogs, but it's raining and it's taking longer than expected to start the fire and your toddler is pitching a fit. We always take granola bars, those pre-made PB&J frozen sandwiches, and a little stove set up - just in case the fire doesn't work out.

This next bit is not necessary, but it really nice for multiple night stays: We have this 5-gallon jug hand-pump. We take an empty bottle, fill it with potable water at the site, then use it for everything from drinking to hand washing and cooking. Kids are messy and this set-up makes camping a lot more enjoyable for us.

Lastly: commit, but don't over commit. Never get to the point where you are sacrificing sanity for the sake of "fun", and don't spoil the fun for others. During the learning-period we did have to bail once, as it was just becoming too miserable for any one to enjoy.

Good luck, have fun! Let me know if you have any more questions. :)

u/cahutchins · 7 pointsr/internetparents

May I recommend a completely different solution not involving a complicated regimen of chemicals? Go down to your nearest hardware store and buy a plastic hair snake for a couple of dollars.

u/traveler19395 · 6 pointsr/Coffee
  • Aeropress
  • Porlex grinder (fits inside aeropress handle)
  • A handful of paper filters and a reusable SS filter
  • Small scale for measuring beans (water I do by volume in the AP)
  • Third Wave Water (Only if I'll be staying in one place for more than ~4 days because you need to buy a jug of distilled water)
  • Immersion water heater (if I suspect I may not have an electric kettle)
  • Good beans
u/Codebender · 6 pointsr/Coffee

Have you tried pre-heating your french press with some additional boiling water so it doesn't cool so fast? You could also wrap it in a towel, insulating foam, etc..

I haven't looked, but I assume you can find vacuum-insulated french presses.

Another possibility is one of those submersible water heaters, but it might be tricky to hold a good temperature.

u/xbox666 · 6 pointsr/CannabisExtracts

you need a digital temp controller ( here ), a 1000watt horse trough heater ( here ) and a submersible pump ( here ).

u/jaredharley · 6 pointsr/AskReddit

These Zip-It drain cleaners work wonders, and the crap it pulls out is absolutely vile. No need to use nasty caustic chemicals.

u/ithrow6s · 6 pointsr/fountainpens

I agree, I've used this thicker silicone grease for all my eyedropper conversions.

u/haahaahaa · 6 pointsr/DIY

I've never had any success using draino or whatever on my stand up shower. I bought one of these and need to use it every 4-6 months to remove a clump of hair. Works great.

u/Bonjourmate · 6 pointsr/HomeImprovement

>My husband already checked to see if there was hair clogging the shower drain and there wasn't, and he's tried to unclog the toilet multiple times.

What is your husband using to try and unclog the toilet? If the answer is a plunger, you should go purchase a plumber snake/auger. These can be purchased at most big box tool retail stores and aren't particularly expensive, especially in comparison to a plumbing bill.

If that fails, call the plumber. What they're suggesting would definitely fix the problem, but so might spending a fraction of the cost, purchasing a tool you'll be able to use in the future, and learning a valuable (and pretty simple) homeowner's skill.

u/alias_enki · 6 pointsr/HomeImprovement
  • a decent quality ladder. Fiberglass and rated for 250lb or more
  • A tool bag to put your tools in.
  • utility knife.
  • a hammer that feels good in your hand. 16oz. claw hammer would be fine for most tasks Estwing makes great hammers.
  • (Trim, doors, painting) A GOOD FUCKING PAINTBRUSH. See if you can borrow a compressor and pin nailer for attaching trim.
  • Do you own a plunger?
  • How about something to get the wife's hair out of the drain. Its a routine procedure around here.
  • Stock up on a few of the Horrible Freight free LED flashlights as you see coupons for them. They're handy when the power goes out. I probably have half a dozen scattered in useful places around the house.

    Buy most of the tools as you need them. If its something you'd only use for one project save your money and borrow the tool. Please return the tool promptly and clean.
u/bozoconnors · 6 pointsr/LifeProTips

Person above seemed to have good luck with this type of little plastic auger/snake (assuming possible hair clog). Course they're only 20".

u/prizepig · 5 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Looks like the first reviewer on Amazon did exactly what you're doing.

u/Lars9 · 5 pointsr/homeowners

Before paying someone to come out, try using a zip it. It's cheap and could get all of the junk out very easily.

u/Joanie_of_Arc · 5 pointsr/AskWomen

Have you ever seen one of these? They work really great at pulling hair up out of the tub drain, even if there isn't a clog. Being proactive and all that shit.

u/skelebone · 5 pointsr/WTF

Looks like it works on the same principle as the Zip-It Drain cleaner

u/asok0 · 5 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Stop right there.

Buy this.

You can also find it in home depot. There is no need to take off the drain. I am guessing someone in your house has long hair. You will need to do this often.

You can thank me later.

u/cgowens · 5 pointsr/Frugal

Zip-It Drain Cleaning Tool:

I've had issues with recurring drain clogs at the last two rentals I've lived in. Once or twice a month, I'd run to Wal-Mart and buy a jug or two of the six-dollar Gel/Foamer/Whatever product that Drano recommends for recurring clogs, in an effort to avoid having to take showers while standing in a three-inch pool of filth. And then, after googling around for awhile, I found this product--which is available at Wal-Mart for about three bucks. Used it on every drain in my house, nearly puked in amazement at the toxic mess that it managed to yank out of my pipes, and it's been now been three years since I've had any problem whatsoever.

u/NinjaCoder · 5 pointsr/DIY

We use one of these to remove the shower drain wookiees at our house.

u/JoannaBe · 5 pointsr/Aquariums

Or this:

Also depending on what the faucet actually is like the may be a part of it that can be temporarily detached to reveal a part that is threaded after all.

u/11001001btk · 5 pointsr/RealEstate

There are multiple reasons why a house would have a pump in the basement.

A sump pump is an open topped, clearwater device used generally for removing rainwater or groundwater from a basement.

An ejector pump is an entirely different device that is sealed, vented, incorporated into the plumbing system, and used for removing below-grade wastewater from a basement.

A sump pump gives you a lot of options as to the how and where, and the plumbing code does not really refer to how you manage water on your property if you're not tying into the plumbing system. Personally, I don't like to see emergency sump pumps discharging into a sewer, as a back-up could cause a flood in the basement, and a clogged (or flooded) line can prevent the pump from removing water when needed.

I prefer to see a sump pump leading to a water retention device such as a dry-well, cistern or leaching ring, so long as the device is not itself prone to flooding. Another option would be leading the discharge end to an actual down-hill area that can reliably accept the discharge.

Don't assume that the presence of a pump is an indicator of a bad situation. I don't like having floor drains that lead to the sewer system in finished basements, and usually try to outfit mechanical rooms (with RPZ's, boilers, water heaters and AC units that are prone to water discharge) with pumps and water alarms rather than floor drains.

Finally, if you're prone to power outages that would render an emergency pump inoperable, consider a water-powered pump like:

This pump has some warnings to consider with it. If you have an electric well pump supplying your domestic water pressure, a power outage would knock that out as well and render the device inoperable. This device wastes a tremendous amount of water and is frankly the last option to employ for that reason. The device has the potential to introduce a high degree of hazard to a plumbing system; an RPZ must be installed on the water service to the home (to protect the municipal water supply) and I would want either an RPZ or a double check valve assembly with an intermediate atmospheric vent at the device to protect the occupants of the home from poisoning. These devices are known to generate an intense water hammer when closing and would require a piped in water hammer arrestor upstream of the device. Finally, don't forget to leave this device in an accessible area.

I personally believe that all basements are giant bathtubs just waiting to be filled. Make sure that your tub has a drain :-)

u/TabBenoit · 5 pointsr/fixit

This is exactly what a sump pump is suppose to do. This will happen when it rains and probably a few days after as all the water that has soaked into the ground makes its way to the sump pump. As a back up you may want to look into either a battery backup pump or a water activated one.

u/Nachotime · 5 pointsr/brewing

i use a recirculating sump pump to recirculate cold water thru a pre-chiller and then into my chiller. it works well. granted, I make 12 gallon batches, so this may be overkill for 5 gallons...

Also, I'll make huge chunks of ice a few days prior to keep my water cold. I'll then fill up a rubbermade bin and put my water, ice and pump in that.

i use this pump

u/NJ0808FX · 5 pointsr/HomeImprovement

If this is just a temporary situation, I get the feeling that it is, you can try to attach a hose to the shower/faucet to fill up whatever tub you come up with and then use a "sump pump" to drain it into the shower drain (

Edit: Also a shower seat may be the safest option (

u/icedbergs · 5 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I can't find the original thread right now, but someone recommended this for this issue:

u/Dads_Antacid_Pills · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I bought something like this for my Cetaphil tub. If my mom ever did that i would very very nicely tell her she could keep the lotion and then buy myself a new one and keep it in my room.

u/skwolf522 · 5 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Did you remove the P trap (under the sink) and check it?

Also have you tried a

Vastar 19.6 Snake Hair Drain Clog Remover Cleaning Tool, 19.6 Inch, Orange, 3 Pack

u/ta11dave · 5 pointsr/Homebrewing

Those robobrews are super popular. I have a Mash and Boil, and I know a few people who own a Grainfather.

Or you could buy an induction heater and use equipment you already have. There's no wrong answer. Also, I got this pump for cheap and it works great for recirculating the mash or moving wort to a fermenter.

u/alf3311 · 4 pointsr/Homebrewing

Random thoughts:

  • if your tap water is colder than room temp, fill the kettle the night before so it has time to warm up a bit
  • put a lid on the kettle (only for heating up: you want the lid off for your boil)
  • upgrade your propane burner. E.g. the new Blichmann burners put out 140k BTU/hr and some of them top out at a crazy 220k BTU/hr.
  • make sure you have a wind-screen around your propane burner. Sometimes cheap or DIY stands omit this and it causes the burner to be a lot less efficient
  • make sure you have adjusted the air/propane mixture. you don't want any orange flames.
  • some sort of submersible electrical heater
  • heat some of the water up in a smaller pot on your kitchen stove, then combine
  • find something else to do while the water is heating up. prep ingredients, sanitize your fermenter, drink a beer, etc.
u/Belial88 · 4 pointsr/WTF

You're wrong. The average cost of electricity is ~$0.11/kWh. 1000w is enough to boil three gallons of water very quickly, just google 'water boilers 1000w: . The true cost of the extra cup of coffee is a tiny speck of that, as we are calculating just the increased energy usage vs normal coffee heating, so we're talking maybe a penny's cost for each pot of coffee.

A small coffee at McDonalds costs is $0.99 before tax.

One extra cup would greatly offset the cost of heating a pot. That's a 900% return on that investment. That's insanely huge, and now you see why McDonald's did it.

On top of that McDonalds sells ~1 billion cups of coffee a year ( A pot of coffee makes ~12 cups of cofee. That's a 8% increase in coffee sales with a 0% increase in food cost. That's 80 million cups of coffee that cost McDonald's less than a penny each to produce.

You can see very easily now, why McDonald's would say 'fuck you lady'

u/machinehead933 · 4 pointsr/Homebrewing

Typically the electric stoves dont have enough power to do a full boil. You can supplement the power of your stove with an additional heating element like a heat stick(plenty of DIY instructions floating around), or one of these.

u/[deleted] · 4 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I would go with this but same thought... I have two and they work like a charm every time.

u/Eleanor_Abernathy · 4 pointsr/self

Get a Zip-It! I've had one for years. It's cheap, effective, and also works to pull hair clogs out from my vacuum cleaner without having to take it all apart.

P.S. I've used the same one for years, you don't need to discard it after each use.

u/JackanapesHB · 4 pointsr/Homebrewing

I use a submersible utility pump similar to this one to pump water through my IC. Definitely has a much high flow rate than your standard pond pump.

u/bigtinymicromacro · 4 pointsr/HomeImprovement

If you have city water, a better and more reliable option is having a water powered backup sump pump. It requires no electricity and works by using the pressure in your water lines. I find this to be a better and more reliable option because battery backups have two main issues: sometimes the batteries go bad, happened to my father, he had a battery backup that hadn't been used in years, and when it was finally needed, the battery was dead and we were down there bailing out the basement using buckets. The other reason I recommend water powered backup sump is in the case of extended power outages. After the first fiasco, my dad installed the water powered backup sump, which was the best thing he could have done, because a year later we got hit with Hurricane Sandy and wound up without power for 2 weeks. A battery backup would not have lasted long enough to keep the sump running that long, but the water powered backup doesn't need any electricity, so it didn't matter, it kept the basement dry the whole time. They aren't that expensive, nor are they that difficult to install, the only requirement is that you are on city water and not a well.


This is the one we have:

u/ms_kittyfantastico · 4 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Pump only, but they finally sell it with a pump now

u/GoogleIsMyJesus · 4 pointsr/HomeImprovement

you could easily put a valve in the line in between the showerhead spigot and the faucet.

Something like this

u/cultofkefka · 4 pointsr/BroMoHousekeeping

I got these. I just try to remember to use them every once in a while so it doesn't have a chance to build up. I lose hair in massive amounts lol

u/Srirachachacha · 4 pointsr/LifeProTips

In college, I roomed with two girls for a couple of years. I'm a guy and I don't have any sisters, so I had no idea how much trouble girl hair can be in a home (I'm sure men shed the same amount, but it's usually shorter, obviously).

Anyway, long story short, I still gag at the thought of my experiences pulling wet, smelly hair balls out of drains with one of these things

u/Buttercupslosinit · 4 pointsr/Atlanta

Those chemicals are terrible for your pipes. Use this the next time. They work great and won't cause any damage.

u/montana2NY · 4 pointsr/Homebrewing

Is there any way to tell is this pump is safe to recirculate wort and whirlpool? Temps seem fine, just don't want any issue with the plastic not being food safe

u/Acidsparx · 3 pointsr/solotravel

I did a 100 day backpacking trip around the world with a North Face Backtrack 50. It was small enough to be a carry on. Some advice others have mentioned here, first aid kit is very important, along with copies of your passport and some passport photos just in case. You should also have photocopies of your credit cards and their 1-800 number if you're bring them along. A lock to keep your belongings safe. Travelers duct tape is also useful. They're small and doesn't take up space but very handy to have. If you'll be doing laundry yourself without a machine, a sink stopper and cloths line are useful too. Eating utensils are also useful like this immersion heater, or fold up cups etc.

Wardrobe is fine, though it's better to use synthetic fabrics for t-shirts and such since it dries faster and doesn't wrinkle like cotton does when you shove it into a bag. Also to not stand out as much as a tourist, all your cloths should also match. Greys and browns work well with everything should you decide to wear the same cloths a few days in a row. If you're paranoid about getting robbed, a money belt is also good. If you get past the dorkyness of it's wonderful. I had most my stuff in it while keeping some money in my pockets. You don't want to be whipping the belt out for every purchase. That's all I can think of at the moment. If i come up with more I'll edit this comment.

u/Daph · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

I'll start with the electrical device, it's a heat stick. You can build one yourself, but I opted to buy one from Amazon. You stick it in the wort and plug it in and it adds some direct heat to help boil faster. It makes a night and day difference in the speed it takes to get to boil.

I made the insulating jackets myself out of some Reflectix and Foil Tape. I can't really tell you how well it's doing with 10.5gal pot since I wrapped it right away so I don't have any good before/after there, but with my 5 gallon pot it allowed me to get to boil a couple minutes faster and also allowed the pot to hold the boil on its own, meaning I could take the heatstick out once it got boiling.

Another thing you can't see in the picture, is the 8" element is a canning element, which is a bit higher wattage than my regular 8" element so it burns a bit hotter, which helps with boiling.

u/EchoesOfSanity · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

Have any of you used something like THIS to help your stove keep up, or have any similar suggestions? I did my first boil last weekend and the coils on my stove actually burned through their coating. I plan on using propane outdoors in the spring after this upcoming Minnesota winter.

u/brewtality · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

you can use a heat stick to speed it up, i have used this one

u/thedayoflavos · 3 pointsr/Atlanta

I'm having the same issue; you may want to try one of these. I also avoid using Drano, as it's very toxic and never seems to work anyway.

u/hitogokoro · 3 pointsr/fatpeoplestories

How does nobody in this thread know about ZipIts?

Literally a $3 reusable, immediate non-chemical solution to the problem.

u/twistedfork · 3 pointsr/Frugal

Is a no see um a fruit fly? I've never heard of the bug being called that, but at my last apartment we had a drain fly infestation which are teeny tiny little black flies that live in your...drains.

I got rid of them by doing a couple things:

  1. clean the bathroom drain, use a zip-it and then fill with baking soda followed by vinegar.
  2. Clean your garbage disposal if you have one, fill it with ice to the sink and then run it, this will dislodge any food sludge that the flies breed in, follow with baking soda and vinegar.
  3. I killed all the alive flies buzzing around my house by putting half a shot of rum into a SOLO cup then filling it half way with water and 2 drops of dish soap and mixing, the bugs are attracted to the liquor and die in the water. It was like a bug apocalypse inside that cup.
u/McFeely_Smackup · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I installed one of these recirculating pumps a few years ago for the same reason.

It has a built in analog timer, but I just set it to always on and use a smart plug to handle the time schedule.

u/BabyCowboyAkir · 3 pointsr/Aquariums

i have a 150w in my 46 gallon and it barley keeps up, have to have it cranked to max (86 i think) to keep the tank at 78) I'm going to move up to a 200 soon, or probably just adding a second heater.

price difference is negligible between 150 and 200 for the most part.

I use this instead of the python adapter, half cost, same thing, add a $1 hose clamp if you want but you may not need it, the pressure doesn't get to high out of inside faucets honestly. You don't need the hook in all likelihood, I do my changes solo without the hook just fine.

If you want to save even more money, you can DIY the whole thing for cheaper as well, just search around on the youtube channel of a guy called king of DIY

Don't spend $26 on test strips, strips suck, spend $22 on the api liquid test kit, it will last longer anyway

the bacteria quick start is real hit or miss, all brands, so don't put too much faith in it, you'll still spend weeks cycling probably. remember to get a source of ammonia ($3 for a bottle, get pure stuff, without anything added, if you shake it and there are lasting bubbles, its not what you need)

plants get expensive FAST, so 150 for plants, decorations, fish is gonna be tough. Pool filter sand is great easy substrate though, so is black diamond blasting media if you prefer black, both are probably in the $10 range for enough to cover your tank to the proper depth. driftwood and nice rocks can add up fast.

/r/PlantedTank has a weekly giveaway thread but its not too filled ever, r/aquaswap can get you some good deals on plants too. is aquarium ebay and can get you some good deals too.

I just looked back up and saw you didn't actually say plants, but plants are cool and help your tank stay stable and healthy, you'll probably want some eventually. But you will probably want a better light for live plants as well. That can be down the road I guess.

If you are buying from petsmart, know that they will pricematch their own website, the instore prices are outrageous. Online has to at least compete with other places though, so have the products pulled up online on your phone when you check out. petsmart also has an app, make an account and play their dumb little treat game. Right now if you beat it on hard its 20% off a single item, which is great for your tank stand combo. Easy and medium gives you a 10 and a 15% off as well. Its a simple enough concept, but beating it on hard can suck, I definitely get the feeling it just lets you win after a while though (10ish tries, quit for a day and try again and you'll get it quick)

For stocking it, a couple dwarf gouramis if some kind, honey or powder blue or whatever you like. maybe a schooling fish like cardinal or neon tetras. mollys or platys are colorful and will breed, corys for the bottom. a nerite snail, play around on and see what you can safely stock together and the basic requirements. Dont take it as gospel, just a good baseline and jumping off point for more research.

u/jet_heller · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

My personal suggestion to backups of backup sump pumps is a water powered one.

I mean, a generator is fine and all (and definitely get one!), but unless you get a full automatic switch over, it may not operate at a time when you're not there and still need the backup to the backup to function.

u/Bakefy · 3 pointsr/DIY

It uses the magic of siphon suction, water flow to pump. The catch is, its only for being a backup. Otherwise you will waste water like crazy. You would only want this if you had city water. If you live on well, and pressurize your own water source, it would not be a good solution.

u/PSUSkier · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

Good point. It also looks like the cost of a utility pump that runs 1800 GPH costs less than the pond pumps that can push 600.

u/MrCharismatist · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I haven't researched it yet. And since her daughter divorced me, I can't exactly call and ask :)

I'm pretty sure it's something like this:

Though on this one I'd want professional installation. Get that one wrong and it could be very bad.

u/IFuckinRock · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Plumber here, buy this pump and this check valve . For your backup,it is a bit pricey but if you are on city water (well water wont work in the event of a power outage) I would recomend this pump It is powered by a stream of water so you don't have to worry about battery maintenance.

u/digital_end · 3 pointsr/wholesomememes

I had one and it was great! Got it as a joke, but it quickly became a legitimate thing I used a lot. It makes getting a sip of water after brushing your teeth easy, totally recommended.

Here it is on amazon.

And if you're looking for a fancier one, I recently replaced my whale with this;

The cool thing about that is that it works like a normal faucet normally, but you pull the little thing on the side out to swap it to a fountain. And after you turn off the water, the button automatically goes back in so you don't spray yourself in the face tomorrow, haha

u/ansible · 3 pointsr/engineering

If the hole is small enough, the fish tape won't buckle enough and you will still be able to push it.

Otherwise, look for one of those drain augers:

u/talktotheskull · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I am horrified for you! So gross!

I have one of these pumps that fits a CeraVe tub perfectly and because of things like that it is worth every penny.

u/carolizine · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I just bought this for my CeraVe tub! It's the perfect size for those jars.

u/DietCokeAddict88 · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

This pump fits the cerave tubs lid.

u/Erinescence · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Think it's this one.

u/_sharkattack · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I bought this one after seeing it recommended in a thread here and it fits the tub perfectly.

u/moore77 · 3 pointsr/vandwellers

Schedule 40 PVC is safe as long as you don't let it get moldy.

With that said, I've looked at gravity sinks and it seems like the downsides outweigh the upsides. Water weight high up means the van will be more top heavy and any imbalance will be exaggerated. It also requires quite a bit of support to mount. Being permanent, it's harder to fill. If the van is at an angle, you might not be able to use it (I'm assuming you'll be using a long tube of PVC). It'll be sloshing around while you're driving.

If you're going for water with no electricity, maybe look at something like this pump:

Those are just my thoughts. I speak from reading and looking at them, I haven't used one in person.

u/Junkmans1 · 3 pointsr/legaladvice

Waterstop liquid = chemical drain cleaner such as Drano

While these cleaners are heavily advertised and used by many the fact is that they are very harsh chemicals and can ruin many things they touch. They can also damage or destroy many types of plumbing pipes.

In the future you'd be much better off using mechanical drain cleaners. For example shower/bathtub drains typically get clogged with hair and there are inexpensive types of drain sticks or drain snakes that will clear these out including some inexpensive disposable plastic ones.

u/mgtowthrowww · 3 pointsr/MGTOW

I'd chase my woman around the house with that shit, while she screamed like it was disgusting. Bitch, you already made me clean it. "HOW CAN YOU THINK IT'S GROSS IF IT'S YOUR HAIR?!?"

I used one of these

u/strongestboner · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

I have one of these and it's great. I bought a pump like this one which did die on me eventually, but it's much easier to clean and replace since it's not inside the system

u/killingtheclock · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

Congrats! I too got one for my birthday and have put two all two all-grain batches through it in March. It’s super convenient but even with all the reading and YouTubing I did before using there was still a bit of a learning curve.

If you did not get the version with the built in pump, I would highly recommend getting pump recommended on amazon to help with recirculation during mash. I had a pretty difficult time the first time since I had decided not to use it. I noticed the built-in sensor kicking on the heating element on even though I was measuring a correct mash temp. On the second brew day I used the pump and the heating element did not kick on as much.

If you are using the amazon pump, I’d also recommend running it with the valve 50-75% open or to have the tube reach into the mash. I slightly modified my lid by drilling out the hole in the top to fit a 3/8” stainless barbed elbow. This was done to avoid kinking of the silicone tubing and to be able to keep the lid on during mash. The problem I ran into by doing this is the flow from the pump was too high and the splashing cause a foam to build up. The foam easily rose to the top with some bits of grain and husks, and could have easily spilled over the sides of the basket. I noticed this about 30 minutes into the mash and adjusted the valve to lower thr flow. I will likey test adding 6-12” of tubing on the other end of thr elbow so that the tube end is in the mash and not above to cause splashing.

My mashes have been full immersion using a bag and I’m temped to sparge with it to see if I can get more efficiency above 75%.

u/rathulacht · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

I went with this. Saw it mentioned a few times. Seems to be decent.

u/anadune · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

For mash circulation, you don't need much. On my small electric system (Mash and Boil) I use one of these.. That has a 2.1 GPM flow rate.

A step up would be the Anvil Pump at 3 GPM flow rate. It also has some added benefits like in line switch.

A further step up would be the MKII Pump with a 5 GPM max flow. I personally think this is the best performance for price (never having used it, and just reading specs).

u/skeezyrattytroll · 2 pointsr/Cooking

stinger although what we used was home made.

u/0x706272 · 2 pointsr/mcgill

You could consider getting one of these.

u/cngfan · 2 pointsr/Coffee

I travel with one of these. I also travel with an Immersion heater and trusty thermometer as well as hand grinder, (not sure of the model, I've had it quite a while.)

u/EternalStudent · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

Hey dude:

I brewed a lot in a small bachelor's barracks in Korea with a shitty coil stove top.

  1. You don't want a 5 gallon pot; boil overs for days. I had a 7.5 gallon pot and for a full-volume boil, that was a bit too small. Even for a stove top, you'll really want a 10 gallon pot with a ball valve (i had a siphon. Siphons suck. A lot of people will tell you (myself included) that one of the biggest steps you can take for your beer to taste better. If I could do my first step all over again, i'd have gone with one of these: (or a Spike).

  2. Get the bigger pot even with a smaller stove. You can get a number of 110v water heaters on the relative cheap that'll bring it up to a boil super quick. I had (I think) this one, and it worked just fine to bring 6 or 7 gallons up to a boil in combination with my stove.

  3. You'll want to cool that down. An icewater bath tub will take its good god damn time getting there; you might want to look at an immersion chiller (NY Brew Supply sold me a 50 foot one on the dirt cheap back then).

    For the record, I did all of this (and got an insulated bag for temperature control) before I did my first batch; if you make it more painful on yourself and get an inferior product, then you'll probably not want to do it again.
u/JoNahNuhNah · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

Thank you! Just purchased this water heater, by browsing your list. It's exactly what I need to get my water up to temp on my dinky stove!

u/evlpengwyn · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

I used this one when I was stuck brewing on the stove in my last apartment:

Gave me no issues at all, though I've since moved into a house where I can brew outside with propane.

u/AbsolutelyPink · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Agreed. Those propane units are awesome.

You could also use a camp shower bag. Hang outside during the day to warm. Now, those aren't going to be very long showers, but enough to get a person clean. I suspect you'd need a bag per person.

Another option is this added to this. Again, it's going to be a short shower, but it will work.

u/socsa · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

Technically, the primary reason to fully boil the wort is to reduce the volume and concentrate it. DMS decomposition occurs starting at around 120F IIRC, and evaporates down to 100F or so. The Oxide (DMSO) is much less volatile, and does not evaporate until about 180F, but is generally produced in much lower quantities (especially if you are doing extract, since there really should be no reason for excess oxygen to enter the wort). Hop acids and whatnot dissolve just fine at non-boiling temperatures.

Honestly, it's far from ideal if you cannot reach a full boil, but it also isn't the end of the world. It's more important to not cover the wort if you can avoid it, and keep it as hot as possible. You'll end up with beer on the other side, and it will probably taste fine, if not a bit weaker than expected, though once again, since it is an extract brew you can just use less water to top it off (or throw in some extra extract to compensate). If you want to stay electric and indoors, you can try something like this to help you get a better stove boil.

u/ace915 · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

I bought a bucket heater, and it is great! Plug it in, go do some stuff and come back later to strike temp. Or set up with a temp controller/timer, etc.

u/skunk_funk · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

My setup is indeed a cooler box with a ball valve poking out it, using the steel braid from the outside of a hose to lauter (and a few other things like a 1/2" nipple through where the drain was and a hose to drain it) but you can just use a kettle with a grain bag in it. If you go the cooler way, make sure everything is stainless or brass cause it'll taste like shit if your stuff corrodes in the mash.

Something like this could be used to supplement your stovetop. I actually do the boil in 2 separate 5 gallon kettles on the stove top myself, so don't need one. If you want to do it on a stove top in one big kettle you may need supplemental heat, 1500W should be plenty. Most people buy an outdoor propane burner for it.

u/sjmiller85 · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

I brew ten gallons on the stove top with a 15 gallon blichmann boil kettle and a heat stick.

The manufacturer says it wasn't designed to be food-grade safe regarding the welds for the casing, but hey, at the amount I drink, brewing at least three times a month on a 10-gallon scale, I'm pretty sure cancer from the heat stick is the least of my concerns.

u/blpsoup · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

I use this:

I just plug it in and set it into the center of the wort. This stick elevates the temperature in my kettle to a rolling boil without fuss.

u/DirtyBurger00 · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

I would recommend you just buy one of these:

Good solution if you don't have an outdoor brew space. Adds enough BTUs to do a full boil on 2 gas stove burners.

u/sloth2008 · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

No experiance with it but thinking about one of these
bucket heater

u/damb_b · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

This is probably the best tool I own when it comes to BIAB on an electric stove. With it, I can boil 6.5 gallons of wort in about 15-20 minutes (in conjunction with the stovetop on high).

u/hearforthepuns · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

Something like this might save you a lot of aggravation.

u/cupcakesweatpants · 2 pointsr/breakingmom

This is the best thing ever for clogged drains, especially if it's a bunch of hair stuck in the tub.

u/YodaTuna · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I use one of these

It works, but man, it can be gross.

u/tamar · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I just found a link on Amazon. I warn you not to click on the customer photos. Gross.

I guess it's like a snake for household use.

u/1950sGuy · 2 pointsr/PointlessStories

You'll want one of these eventually. Works especially well in slow shower drains.

u/britina · 2 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

I have super thick hair that is past my waist and I used to buy so much Drano. Have you ever tried the zip-it? It just pulls the hair out of the drain and the results last a lot longer than liquid plumbing stuff for me. Plus there are tons of disgusting videos of youtube to show you how to use it. And those little drain strainer things help a ton too, because they keep the hair out of the drain in the first place.

u/bitchkat · 2 pointsr/HomeMaintenance

Get a ZipIt, stick it drown the drain and it will likely pull a giant hair snake out of the drain.

u/Drawtaru · 2 pointsr/wheredidthesodago

I use one of these fuckers right here. Push it as far in as it will go, move it in a circle, in and out a few times (that's what she said), then haul out the nasty clump of demon jizz blocking your drain. Repeat as necessary.

u/bloodorange_crush · 2 pointsr/pics

Speaking of tool belts, you may want to include the [Zip-It] ( style drain cleaner and the curved hemostat for the inevitable sink/tub clogs. Also, check out videos for removing sink stoppers. The lift arm/stopper intersection is where most hair accumulates in sinks.

u/FamilyHeirloomTomato · 2 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

Don't use drain chemicals, use one of these. They actually work and don't release nasty chemicals into the wild.

u/ECPT · 2 pointsr/tipofmytongue
u/Baked_Otter · 2 pointsr/tifu
u/Spleenbrkr · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

I use a Zip-It Drain Cleaning Tool. Its basically a flat plastic stick with barbs to pull up hair. Works like a charm.

u/NitWit005 · 2 pointsr/WTF

Here... I think:

That is the worst product photo I've ever seen.

u/mike413 · 2 pointsr/lifehacks

Yeah, just I was thinking... plastic pipes?

I would recommend instead:

u/steve_steve · 2 pointsr/Plumbing

That's a old Delta faucet -- the spout seals with 2 large o-rings. It shouldn't screech when you move it.

If you were to get a rebuild kit it would probably fix the problem. Wouldn't hurt to lube the o-rings with some food-grade lubricant.

u/chewychubacca · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

This is what I use. I've been using it for about two years with zero issues. It seems to be an unlimited supply but I just ordered a new tube just in case i lose my first one.

u/phishook · 2 pointsr/homeautomation

Every tank style hot water heater I have seen or heard of will heat the water, store it, and maintain a temperature. Getting cold water from a hot water line (for some short time) is usually indicative of just cooled water sitting in the pipe between the point of use and the tank.

I think something is wrong with your tank if you have to run the water for 20 minutes before getting hot water. Or perhaps the tank is very far from the shower?

But assuming a working hot water heater, I recommend something like this be installed under the closest sink to the shower. It will pull hot water and pump it into the cold water line. If you set it up correctly on the timer, it will keep the call for hot water set to an optimal time for you (20 min before you wake up). It should keep newly heated water in the hot water pipes between the sink and the tank during the time you set. So you shouldn't have to run the shower long to get hot water, just long enough to clear the cooled water between the sink and shower.

The downside is it could impact the water in the house for drinking. Because tanks can collect calcium and other minerals, there could be a higher density of this water in the cold water line put there by the recirculating pump. Just something to think about and research a bit.

u/onebaddieter · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

If you want to go radical, run a hot water recirculator loop to the sink and back to the water heater. a la Hot Water Recirculating System with Built-In Timer This provides rapid hot water response. Then insulating the whole loop reduces energy loss.

u/olithraz · 2 pointsr/Plumbing

A hot water recirculator might be a better option for you. I dont think anything like that exists, or at least I have never heard of one.

Basically just cycles the water through to keep the hot warm

u/Drefen · 2 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

A couple hundred bucks plus install. Something like this. We have one and it is nice. The the shower heats up in seconds.

u/StayAwayFool · 2 pointsr/lifehacks

You need one of these. Easy to install and hot water FAST!

u/andrewse · 2 pointsr/GoRVing

Around here the spigots are mostly threaded though I did buy one of these just in case.

u/calvarez · 2 pointsr/GoRVing

If it's not marked non-potable and doesn't have signs saying not to do that (some places have limited water), then yes. Just remember that other people may have done unsanitary things to the spigot, and recently I heard about a guy that found worms in one. I always run it first, look into it, then connect. A fill tube with a screen is a good idea also. I use this, and added a screen to it:


A water bandit will help you connect to arbitrary water sources that don't have a normal screw connection, such as faucets at fish cleaning stations:


u/MyCasualAccount · 2 pointsr/RealEstate,,20260244,00.html

I have another brand of one of these installed. It is a water powered backup. Saved me one time. Well worth it.

Hope the links work.

u/Legion1107 · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Add water hammer arresters on at your washer. Both hot and cold sides

u/kaukev · 2 pointsr/Construction

Sounds like hammering. It's not usually a big deal - just a nuisance. But, obviously, if the hammering is violent enough, it can break the pipe at the solder or even split the pipe.

The first bang and the lower bangs sounds exactly like hammering though. The first bang is the initial "heave" caused by the sudden stop of water and the other smaller ones are just the pipe continuing to oscillate for a few seconds.

Like I said before, have someone flush a toilet from your side and see if that does it on their side. If that's the case, you can buy one of these:

Really easy to install and should help. can manually lower the water pressure in your house by turning down the valve just after the water meter (not recommended as a long term solution).

u/Chagrinnish · 2 pointsr/DIY

If you do not have a water hammer arrestor plumbed in near the washing machine you'll get more frequent failures like these. During normal operation of the machine, at the time when the machine is shutting off the water intake, that thumping noise you hear is an increase of water pressure that likes to blow out hoses or washers.

For around $20 you can get a small arrestor that would be plumbed in between the hose and your water line. If you keep getting problems... well, that's the fix.

u/claytrono · 2 pointsr/AskEngineers

That flow sounds reasonable. I'd be conservative and aim for 10 gpm.

As far as pressure goes, the wand in the link looks designed to lower pressure, to give the soft flow you're talking about. Normally they are hooked to a city water supply at 30-40 psi, so they lower it by forcing it through hundreds of tiny holes. I'm not sure how the wand would behave at a low pressure (5-10psi) and its seems a bit wasteful to boost the pressure with pump to 40 psi, just to bring it back down.

Anywho, I'd guess 10ish psi might work (23 feet of lift). Since it's probably easier to just drop the pump into the trough, a submersible utility pump might do the trick. Something like [this] ( Might be nice to make sure a standard water hose can connect to it without many adapters.

Sorry draw this process out. Just wanted to make sure the shoe fits.

u/baggar11 · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

The NR-210A has no flow requirement according to Navien. The NR-210 model has a 0.5 gpm min flow rate. Which is the same as my Takagi.

Here's the pump I use for flushing my tankless once a year.
Some simple washing machine hoses will allow you to hook up to the clean out valves. Just dunk the pump in a 5 gallon bucket of white vinegar and run it through for about an hour with the tankless in off mode.

u/willis77 · 2 pointsr/homeowners

Buy a $50 submersible pump and hook a hose to it. Look at Amazon review photos to see the amount of water those things are capable of moving.

u/jademonkey33 · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

I use this is a cooler with ice to speed things up.

I added one of those 3 prong adapter/switches too so I can turn it on and off without having to pull the cord out of the outlet too.

u/sync-centre · 2 pointsr/toronto
u/JohnCrichton · 2 pointsr/SiouxFalls

I have a water-powered backup that I have been really happy with. Link

u/basiliskfang · 2 pointsr/memes
u/blbd · 2 pointsr/Plumbing

Just clean it, spraypaint it, and cover it with one of these:

They're cheap as hell from every hardware store and they'll keep the weather from screwing up the connection.

u/Bungee_Gum_ · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I got this one from amazon and it fit perfectly

Surgeon's Skin Secret Pump, 16 Ounce

u/messenia · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

> I just wish I could find a pump lid for the 12 oz CeraVe jars

They aren't that hard to find at container supply places but shipping is usually the deal breaker. Here's one from Amazon that could work.

Another option though, would be to use a smaller airless pump bottle for your moisturizer. Store the tub and just transfer into the bottle as you need it. Choose the size that would be most convenient for you.

u/McBiolante · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I actually saw these lids on /r/skincareaddicition and these should work. I know they work with Cerave tubs. Besides that theres also these jars with a lid that could work, you'd just need to transfer your product into the tub.

u/PolarBearInSpace · 2 pointsr/Indiemakeupandmore

My routine is not really indie. There is a lot of stuff about routines on /r/skincareaddiction btw.

Mine is like this:


  1. Wash face with Nobel Formula Pyrithione Zinc Bar Soap

  2. Wipe off soap with damp microfiber cloth

  3. Apply Paula's Choice Skin balancing toner to face and chest

  4. Wipe on Stridex pad in the red box to face and chest

  5. Moisturize with CeraVe AM sunblock/moisturizer. If it's especially dry, I will apply a small amount of CeraVe moisturizer in the tub

  6. Apply makeup if i feel like it


    (0. if wearing makeup. Rub jojoba oil all over, and wipe off with damp microfiber cloth)

  7. Wash face with CeraVe foaming cleanser

  8. Apply toner

  9. Apply stridex pad

  10. Spot treat with Paula's choice benzoyl peroxide if necessary

  11. Slather on CeraVe cream from the tub.

    Here is a list of products:
u/NayaJY · 2 pointsr/HaircareScience

This one fits. I bought it specifically for that cowash.

u/loligogiganticus · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

this is the one I bought for CeraVe; it fits perfectly and might work for Cetaphil as well.

u/DigitalWhitewater · 2 pointsr/preppers

Thankfully I have not had a failure. knock on wood The handles have helped me to control the carboy when lifting, moving, and pouring from it. Also if it’s going to be for potable water, something like this will let you not have to always lift it.

Water Bottle Pump -

u/nolij420 · 2 pointsr/orlando

One thing I'm gonna do this year is buy a couple 5 gallon jugs of water and hang onto them for the season. So much easier than going out last minute for individual bottles which are usually the first to go. Even if you don't have an electric water dispenser, which I don't, you can buy a manual stand or a pump.

u/ATMofMN · 2 pointsr/water

Orrr, you could easily install one of these to easily stop the flow of water while you soap up so you don’t have to try to deal with an app in the shower.

u/frogbreath88 · 2 pointsr/Eugene

>I don’t know about you, but showering generally takes a good chunk out of my morning.

If it's taking a good chunk out of someone's morning then they're being slow as hell. A Navy shower takes less than 2 minutes and uses very little water. It's even easier when you have an on/off valve so you don't have to readjust the temp two different times. This one's only $10, plus another $4 or so for some teflon tape.

These valves can save a lot of water without needing to go dirty.

>Here’s one you may not have heard of: according to Modern Alternative Mama, showering too often can prevent your body from synthesizing the vitamin D you get from the sun.


>Vitamin D, as a fat-soluble vitamin, is made in the oily layer of your skin. It is then slowly absorbed over 2 – 3 days. If you shower everyday and use soap, you will wash this oily layer off your skin and will not absorb the vitamin D you just made!

Vitamin D is made when sunlight hits 7-dehydrocholesterol (7-DHC) which is made in the wall of the intestines and then is transported to the skin. (

It's found mostly in the 2 inner-most layers of epidermis. Melanin can prevent sunlight from getting to 7-DHC, and since you can't wash off melanin it should be obvious that you also can't wash off 7-DHC. The only way showering can affect the production of Vitamin D is if you don't take them often enough and have enough dirt on you to block sunlight.

That being said, showering is something that different people have to do at different frequencies. Someone who works manual labor will need to shower more often than someone with a desk job and a car with working A/C. While it is a good thing to not waste resources, this article is full of ridiculousness.

u/vtslim · 2 pointsr/homeowners

> Would a shower head with a "pause" setting work?


Or put one these between the shower head and the wall:

u/Astramancer_ · 2 pointsr/DIY


It's like a cheap drain auger but really easy to use it's incredibly effective at getting hair out.

Word of advice: Wear gloves. Latex, Nitrile, whatever, wear some disposable gloves. The hair wad is going to so smell like death.

u/derpyhuskygirl · 2 pointsr/traaaaaaannnnnnnnnns

For serious, these things make life with long hair so much easier. You can find them in most hardware stores and plumbing sections for about $2 IRL -

u/InThisHouse19 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I know I'm lame, but This would be the best bc my bath tub has started draining really really slowly.

u/imabratinfluence · 2 pointsr/curlyhair

I use one of these about once a week, because our tub and pipes are pretty old, and that's about all it takes for our drain to start clogging. If the link doesn't work, it's just a 3 or 4 pack of drain snakes, which look like long zipties.

I've tried using a hair trap like this one, but even though I'm also really careful about grabbing my hair before it can go down the drain, enough of it gets away that when I use the hair trap, I have standing water in my shower before I'm done. I'd rather just snake the drain once a week.

The conditioner isn't clogging your drain, it's hair. But it may be helping the hair clump together (which will also make it easier to snake it out). Dran-o and other pipe cleaning chemicals won't do much against these clogs-- before I bought the snakes, my partner ran ~3 gallons of Dran-o down the shower drain and it didn't do much.

If your drain has a raised, silver mushroomy head to it, you might need a snake more like this. That's what we have for our bathroom counter sink.

u/jackjackj8ck · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Draino let sit for awhile and then run hot water

If that doesn’t work then buy a snake

If that doesn’t work then call a plumber

u/whatiamcapableof · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

Vastar 3 Pack 19.6 Inch Drain Snake Hair Drain Clog Remover Cleaning Tool

u/theonly1withkfc · 2 pointsr/Landlord

Oh that's perfect, I never thought of getting a two-sim phone.

Things I include are:

all payments are made through, please arrange payments to be made on the first of each month.

Utilities: please call xxx for electricity, xxx for gas, xxx for internet, etc

Garbage days are x, recycling days are x, please use BLACK BAGS for garbage and CLEAR for recycling.

If you have BULK GARBAGE (tables, chairs, etc.) please contact xxx to schedule pickup.

BEST MEANS OF CONTACT [email protected] (PREFERRED), or TEXT (xxx)xxx-xxxx

Mail & Packages – if mail for any past tenants come, please bundle them together and leave a note for the post-man that they have moved.

Renters insurance can be purchased via Cozy.Co or (you should include a clause in your lease that they need to purchase it, it saves you a lot of money and headaches in the long term if something goes horribly wrong)

Tips for maintaining your unit:
Purchase some drain snakes from home depot (~$1 each, or and use them around the house every 3 months or when sinks begin to not drain properly.

DO NOT USE DRANO OR EQUIVALENT AS YOUR FIRST OPTION WHEN DRAINS DO NOT GO DOWN PROPERLY. This damages pipes over time and is only recommended as a last resort.

Sinks do not double as garbage disposal, please use a sink strainer and do not let any food go down the kitchen sink.

It is highly recommended that you purchase a roomba or equivalent, or hire a cleaning company every month or so.

In the winter, if the weather is incredibly cold out (less than 32 degrees F), please leave the kitchen sink dripping every so slightly (a drip per second), as this will prevent pipes from bursting.

Again, I hope you are happy with your new apartment, and if there is anything else I can do to make the move-in process easier please let me know.
All the best,

u/Ythin · 2 pointsr/Wetshaving

I used to. It stopped when stole a stainless steel bowl from the kitchen and use that to rinse off my razor. When I'm done that bowl gets emptied into the toilet. Lowes sells Plastic Drain Snakes. I wouldn't recommend buying the ones I linked, just using it as a visual aid. I used to have to use those every month or so. Now it's every 6 months or so.

u/biking4jesus · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

not sure on that overflow cap. what year was your house built? once you get it cleaned up, i use one of these every other month in all the bathroom drains i can for maintenance.

u/Thurwell · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

Several amazon sellers stock them for similar prices, here's one example. I've seen them cheaper without the AC adapter. Plenty of reviews on there.

u/grillz602 · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

This is what I use. You have to prime this one manually. I Jerry rigged a switch to it for convenience. There are definitely nicer ones out there but it works great for us.

u/Binford2000 · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

I’ve used this one with good results. It’s not a great transfer pump, but it’s perfect for cooling. I use it in an ice water bath to temp control my spike fermenter.

u/Frackenbrau · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

you can build the exact same thing diy for about $70. and im sure you can source cheaper parts. you get 2 brass hose barbs with the pump below as well.

u/wisenuts · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing
u/Chromebrew · 2 pointsr/mashandboil

Yeah i found this which looks like a lot of people are using for recirc. or if i need a real chugger or something that can stand up to some grain mush. I think ill try it and see.

u/captain_fantastic15 · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

It's not as strong as the pricier pumps but it does just fine.

I even used one of these on a 5 gallon setup for a while and it was even able to do what I needed:

u/bigdizizzle · 2 pointsr/computertechs

A couple tools, but not bits that you can easily lose, because believe me you will lose them.

I use the Retract-a-bit screwdrivers for most stuff I'm working on, and just a standard kit, the one thing you will want to make sure you have is a really long phillips head screwdriver. There will be a lot of times you need something silly long to get down inbetween heatsinks etc.

Another thing I find worth its weight in gold is something like this:

u/durandal59 · 2 pointsr/aquaponics

Perhaps something like this?

[RAM-PRO 36” Flexible Grabber Pickup Tool, Extra Long Retractable Claw Retriever Stick, Snake & Cable Aid, Use to Grab Trash & a Drain Auger to Unclog Hair from Drains, Sink, Toilet & Clean Dryer Vents] (

u/lancedragons · 2 pointsr/airpods
u/modus · 1 pointr/EatCheapAndHealthy

If egg-boiling is on the horizon, one of these might be better:

u/MaritMonkey · 1 pointr/funny

Growing up I knew somebody that had one, but only one person.

We have a kettle that goes on the stove at home. In the absence of a stove, my ma uses an immersion heater and the rest of us heathens boil water in the microwave.

u/goongirlgetit · 1 pointr/DIY

I'm just a regular joe coming from /r/all, but I had the thought of using heat. I'm thinking either a torch set to a low flame, or a handheld electric heater like this.

Obviously potentially dangerous and destructive, but I think if you keep your eye on it and be careful, you could achieve a nice melted layer on the inside.

Edit: Thought of something else. You might be able to buff the inside smooth, like with a small felt buffing tip or a smooth metal piece of some sort in a drill. This might technically be called burnishing.

u/jenway90 · 1 pointr/tea

Instead of a kettle, you could use an immersion heating coil like this:

Also, instead of hauling jugs of water from the store that has been sitting in plastic, why not just get a brita or (even better) a tiny Berkey filter?

u/philipforget · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I brew 5 gallon batches with two of these 1000 watt bucket heaters. 1500 watts each would be a bit better and quicker, but they work fine and are easy to clean.

Just make sure you plug them into two separate breakers.

u/snoobaru · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I use a 1800w induction cooktop. I brewed a small batch blonde ale two weeks ago on it. I wrapped my 10gallon megapot with reflectix and was able to get a weak boil at 4.5 gallons. If you supplement it with a heatstick/bucket heater from amazon, you can easily boil 7 gallons.

u/Gblaze · 1 pointr/aquaponics

If it comes down to using electric I have been using [these] ( I have them hooked them up to a spa thermostat to turn them on and off.

u/chayos00 · 1 pointr/Aquariums

For the driftwood you can always get a 55 gallon drum and a bucket heater and insulate the drum to actually get it to near boiling temperatures or add a second bucket heater to get it boiling. I used the foil covered bubble wrap stuff when I did mine. Plus had it sitting on a 2" piece of styrofoam to keep it off the cold ground. With one heater I got it to about 180℉. Walked into a muggy jungle garage when I did that.

Allied Precision The Premier Line 742G Bucket Water Heater

u/RogueViator · 1 pointr/knowyourshit

Perhaps using something like this.

This being an electric element, you SHOULD NOT get in the tub while this is immersed and plugged in.

u/DaFooFoo · 1 pointr/WTF

I guess he was saving water, and instead of using hot water, he used this to keep the water hot, or heat it up. he passed away in the tub with this thing still in there, it might not have been an active boil, i'm pretty sure it was just like a huge slow cooker..yeah, near boil, until it dried up. i'm sure that it was a few days before they found him.

u/UnsungSavior16 · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

in kettle? No, not personally, but I do use a heat stick, and you can DIY that or get one for pretty cheap off amazon.

They work really well! Apartment brewing forever temporarily!

u/Whittigo · 1 pointr/aquaponics

9a, northeast florida. Doesn't get too cold here, but cold enough I lost a fish in October without a heater. The temperature controller is an STC1000, commonly used for homebrewing but it works great for the tank as well, the temperature probe it comes with is water proof, and its cheap. The heater is a 5 gallon bucket heater, designed to get 5 gallons quite hot, but does a good job of keeping 250 gallons at 65.

Right now it's in the 40s outside overnight, but usually in the 50-60 range, with really cold snaps to the 20s. I have my system in a plastic tarp greenhouse. The tarp just keeps the wind out because its too thin to actually hold any heat. I'm upgrading to a "real" greenhouse type of 6 mil sheeting that should help hold in heat and maybe reduce the time the heater has to stay operational.

I also have a mini rocket mass heater I built on the side of the tank as an experiment. The exhaust runs through about 60lbs of sand stacked against the side of my wood and pond liner tank before exiting out the top of the greenhouse. Plan was to run that for a few hours before really cold nights, heat up the sand and help keep the side of the tank warm. In reality I dont think the heat is transferring through the wooden walls the tank much if at all. And any ambient heating the sand and heater are doing is being lost through the thin plastic sheeting. I'm interested in seeing how that changes with the thicker plastic too. I only just got the mass heater working though, so it doesn't influence what I said about the water heater.

u/sleepybandit · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I'm upgrading my setup but I'm unable to build a complete eBIAB system. In the meantime I'm looking at buying this heating element to supplement the stovetop. I've seen it pop up around here nDoes anyone have any experience with this?

u/shaqfuuu · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I haven't brewed since I moved and am stuck in a house without a water spigot. I am about to pull the trigger on this water bucket heater so I can brew inside on my stove top. Long weekend and beer brewing sounds good to me!

u/sponz · 1 pointr/funny

Get a zip it thingy. You can get em for like 3 bucks at walmart. It's a long plastic thingy with these hook like things on it. Push it down the drain and pull it back up and it pulls all that nasty smelling long hair and anything attached to it back up. <--- something like that.

u/WuzFuz12 · 1 pointr/TrollXChromosomes

Magic Jewelry Retriever It's $5 and has gotten my jewelry on the FIRST try.

u/Doodarazumas · 1 pointr/houston

Or a coathanger with a narrow hook bent into the end of it. GO FISHIN!

u/sdfilmguy · 1 pointr/firstworldproblems

The absolute last drain cleaning tool you will ever need - only 5 bucks at any hardware store and nigh-unlimited reuses.

u/fuzzybeard · 1 pointr/fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu

What's even worse when you live with someone with long hair is when the dreaded "Why the fuck is the shower draining so slowly?" moment turns into the "Fuuuuuck! We have to clean the drain out!" experience.

My advice? Get a filter mask like this because the stench is like nothing I've ever encountered except for cleaning out grease traps at fast-food places; disposable nitrile gloves are also a
very good idea

Next, you'll need a pair of long needle-nosed pliers. These will be used for
Stage I: Grabbing the easy stuff. The easy stuff is hair that has managed to drape itself over the bottom of the drain; the part that looks like an "X." Lower the pliers down, with the needles slightly apart and grab some hair, and then pull up
slowly*. The purpose for this is to maximize the amount of hair that you pull up each time. have a waste can lined with a bag to deposit the hair in.

Continue until you can no longer fish out any hair this way.

Stage II: Exorcising What Lurks Beneath.**

Stage II Tools:

  • everything used in Stage I, PLUS
  • disposable drain-cleaning tool. (Also available in 12-packs!)

    Take the drain-cleaning tool out of it's packaging, stickit down the drain until you meet resistance, push it in a little further, then twist it around a few times.

    [evil chuckle] Now comes the fun part. slowly pull the cleaning tool out of the drain and have someone standing by with the pliers in case the hair tries to make a getaway. What usually comes out the first time will look like a very skinny drowned rat. It will also smell like a skinny drowned rat. Repeat until no appreciable amounts of hair come out of the drain. Then you can move onto...

    Stage III: We have to nuke it from orbit; it's the only way to be sure.

    Stage III tools:

  • Stage I tools; PLUS:
  • The meanest thickest drain opener that is compatible with your plumbing that you can find. The really strong stuff will be overpacked in polyethylene bags.

    Follow the directions on the container to the letter! The chemicals inside will dissolve most organic matter very quickly.

    Hopefully after this, your drain will run like a raging rapid.
u/AnonUhNon · 1 pointr/funny

I don't know about you but plumbing, electrical work and car repairs are actually entirely DIY'able. The problems you will run into where this becomes a gray area have to do with money. (Drilling into concrete to fix broken pipes is super expensive)

You can google the fix to your plumbing, electrical and car problems most of the time...

Am I the only person that even tries?

Not to mention your comparison kind of sucks, but I'm playing into it just for fun.

EDIT: I guess the reason I am willing to even respond to this is that Electricity, Running (Hot) Water, and Transportation are the three things on top of my list labelled "Reminders of why you need Society at all." So these are areas where I do my best to learn and develop a sort of self-reliance. I'm not even joking, you literally picked the top 3 items on my list of things to understand thoroughly. I have a wealth of educational material on electricity alone.





u/OmniaII · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I remember that stuff, had sorta a dome cap that had a lip so when you put it against your drain it sealed it and it shot whatever down the tubes...

It is pretty easy to unclog a drain, most stores have a 'zip stick' thing for like a buck that you poke down the drain and when you pull it out it is covered with hairs and soapy gunk. Because what usually clogs a drain is grease/hair/soap so most liquid plummer things are like Grease relief+Nair+ hot water.

u/BNugget · 1 pointr/legaladvice

Your lease should tell if you are responsible for maintenance fees or not. Generally, a landlord is responsible for maintaining habitability of the premises. Its reasonable to charge a tenant for damages that are intentional or negligent, as the tenant also has a duty to maintain the property - sanitation, etc. Here is some general info on landlord tenant duty in Fl.

Caulk is a minor issue. It always gets moldy and discolored and cracks. This is probably the landlord's issue to replace the cracked caulk, especially if it wasn't done before move in. As to the discoloration, you can clean it. One way is to soak cotton balls in bleach and stick them to the bad areas for like an hour, which will take care of the mold/discoloration problem. Also, going forward, caulk is like $3 and its super easy to re-apply, rather than having to wait on your landlord. Learn to do things yourselves ladies, it will save you so much money and headache. The internet is an amazing resource.

Drain is a normal issue that happens especially if there are long haired people in the house. As to this being the tenant's fault, it probably is. You didn't keep the drain clear, as you're supposed to keep the plumbing in good condition. If a tree root grew into the lines, then that's landlord. You not collecting your hair and causing a clog, that's on you. You could have expected this to happen and put a drain catcher on it. Try a device like the zip it to unclog the drain. Shove it in, it catches hair, pull out. Kind of gross, but cheap and easy. And just as a FYI going forward on plumbing - do not flush your tampons. If and when it clogs your toilet, you'll get another charge. Wrap it in toilet paper and put it in the trash.

You're probably out of luck on the ice machine. Your lease doesn't mention it, and it does not go to habitability of the unit. You can survive without an ice maker. If you really want it fixed, check youtube for some DIY tips. Might be as simple as checking the connections.

When you get upset about these problems, remember there are people who live in apartments with nails sticking out of the floor, doors that don't lock, and broken windows. Your problems are non-issues that do not go to the habitability of the place. You can live there just fine without an ice maker, or with discolored caulk.

Feel free to talk to your landlord to get this waived. However, if they don't budge, expect it to be taken out of your deposit when you move. At that point, your option is to accept the charge or fight it in court. For $90, I'd say just suck it up.

u/WonkyOne · 1 pointr/breakingmom

Yes, I totally agree, get a "zip it" drain cleaner tool! Something like this [] can be purchased at just about any home improvement type store.

It works so well and is so easy to use that when they first came out the plumbing company I worked for went out and purchased them for all of the plumbers to use as part of their kits.

Can't recommend it enough! (I also have one for my bathroom sink, seriously they are amazing, and like you; no one else around here was taking care of it. /hugs)

u/Gift_of_Intelligence · 1 pointr/fixit

I have had that problem, and I used a cheap drain snake, wiggling back and forth putting it in, and wiggling back and forth getting it out. It takes some finesse, but it was easier than taking out the drain plug. This Though they are usually only $2-3 at Menard's by the registers.

u/Mattistics · 1 pointr/DIY

The works wonders!

Cobra Products 00412BL Zip-It Drain Cleaning Tool

u/rnichaeljackson · 1 pointr/pics

I'd just use this.

In fact, I do use it to clean long hair out. Pretty effective.

u/smallpoly · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

My ex did this constantly, and had the nerve to claim that some combination of my facial hair and shaving cream were the reason the sink kept getting clogged. No way those nasty clumps of two foot long hairs we keep pulling out of there could have anything to do with it, right?

On a side note, a long plastic thing with barbs on it often worked a lot better than drain cleaner.

u/Novaculite · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

Get one of these plastic strips and some rubber gloves.

For me it's cheaper and more effective than drain cleaner to remove the accumulation of long hair. If you're still having problems then you need a plumber to snake your drain.

u/VA_Network_Nerd · 1 pointr/college

If there is one lasting skill inflicted upon me from 4 years in the USMC - its how to clean anything.

The sink you linked to in the image looks old enough to be classic porcelain / china rather than the newer, fancier - but dramatically softer & easier to damage composite materials.

China can stand up to brutal scrubbing from things like comet or ajax powder.
Newer composite material cannot - you will damage the finish.
Best of all are the ancient porcelain covered, cast iron sinks. Those will absorb any and all forms of cleaning short of a wire brush on a drill and just not care.

So to be safe, go gentle.

Soft scrub on a sponge as recommended by /u/iwuvbinny is a good start.

Two related thoughts that may or may not apply to your dorm:

If housing doesn't make plungers easily available at any hour of the night invest in one - save yourself from a really awkward conversation with a neighbor in the wee hours of the morning. Oh, I realize a plunger isnt exactly something you want to take with you if you move to a new dorm next year, so the temptation to buy the $3 one will be your initial reaction. Yeah, don't do that. You don't need a $30 turbo-deluxe either. Something like this is money well-spent:

Since you'll be in the right aisle anyway, look for a drain opener / zip-stick like this one:

Especially if women use your sink/shower. Long hair is murder on drains. Drain-o is $5-10 a bottle and is only good for 2-3 clogs. A zip-stick is $3 and lasts just about forever.

Just a suggestion, try YouTube for questions like this next time.

u/minze · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

The Zip it is awesome also.

u/CleanWhiteSocks · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Duct tape, aa batteries and absolutely one of these . I use it for so many things.....clearing drains, unclogging vacuum hose, retrieving cat toys from under fridge/oven.

u/newDilly99 · 1 pointr/WTF

They sell tools like Zip-It Drain Cleaning Tool, which are just a flexible plastic stick with backfacing barbs on it... you stick it in, and pull out a dreadlock...

u/ASupertramp · 1 pointr/AskReddit

You could try using some type of plumbing snake. Unfortunately, I haven't tried any of them so I cannot give you first hand advice.

Edit: After looking around Amazon this snake has a lot of good reviews and is very cheap (under $3) so it may be worth a try.

u/PM_ME_JAR_JAR_NUDES · 1 pointr/tifu

Hair's the problem, not cum. Your drain became a spooge trap of rotting human hair, and your batter batter got caught in the crosshairs.

Get yourself one of these. Run it into the drain every month or so, twist a few times and start yanking. For anything deeper in the drain, you are gonna need a plumbing snake or a drain auger. Hair and sebum can be cleared deep in the drain with Magnesium crystals and draino, but only if there's a full clog. Avoid using chemicals in your drain unless you don't have a choice. You can wind up causing damage over the long term.

Clear your pipes in the shower all you want, just make sure you clear your pipes on the reg.

u/Plavonica · 1 pointr/homeowners

We had an epic clog in the bathroom sink once. The prior owners liked to cram hair down there or something. We ended up having to shut off the water to the bathroom, removed the piping, and manually scraping out all the goop and hair in the pipes. Then put it all back together and water test it. Took about 90 minutes and it has worked well ever since.

If you have to go that route get a pair of disposable gloves, one of those plastic drain snakes (about $2-$4 at HD), and a hook and pick set (saw one at autozone for $1.79). Don't forget some plumber's tape(just got some for $0.52 at walmart).

You can use either a big channel-lock pliers or an actual plumber's wrench (usually more expensive) to take apart the pipes, if you need to buy some measure your pipe sizes ahead of time. You will either need 2 of them, one to counterbalance your wrenching, or some other way to hold the other end in-place while you unscrew stuff.

Good luck!

As an aside: the amazon stuff I linked is waay over priced, but it lets you know what I am talking about, and I'm too lazy to find the best prices for stuff in your area.

u/rockandrowland · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

$0-5 Sink drain cleaner My tub is really clogged even though I just moved in. Gross!

$5-10 This lunch container. To contain my lunch.

$10-20 Lion King Blu-Ray Because of childhood.

$20-50 New Super Mario Bros. 2 This game looks super fun. I mean... it's for my cousin... brother... baby...

u/Biochemicallynodiff · 1 pointr/AskReddit
u/AcidicNature · 1 pointr/StandingDesk

Fully extend the legs in the up position.

Apply some lubricating grease - lightly.

Use something similar to this:

Lower and raise a few times. See if that helps.

If it doesn't work, Ryan is always stalking the forum and can sell you a new frame.

P.S. Also, don't just google "lubricant". At least not from work.

u/nreyes238 · 1 pointr/fountainpens

Just today I am carrying my Vista modded to an eyedropper. You would love it!

u/OGTK423 · 1 pointr/hotas

Looks like it's sold out in a lot of places.

Would this Danco 88693 Silicone Grease work?

u/aidapng · 1 pointr/Flowtoys

Silicone lubricant is the way to go! I purchased this one.

u/aterlumen · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Assuming you mean increasing the volume of water coming from the faucet, then yes. The reason that you'll get cold water from your hot tap for a while is that the water heater is usually pretty far away from the sink. Even if the pipe between the two is well insulated, if you don't use the tap for a while the water sitting in it will cool down. By opening the faucet more, you're moving the old water out of the pipe faster and getting hot water from the heater faster.

If you have to wait a long time for this to happen, you're letting a lot of water go to waste. This can be solved by getting a circulator pump. When installed it pumps water from the sink end of your piping through a return line and back into the system right before the heater. This moves hot water from the heater up to the sink without wasting any.

On the other side, getting colder water would most likely be moving room temp water out of the pipes and getting to water that was sitting in your well or underground piping from the city.

Edit: I should write faster.

Edit Edit: This is one of the pumps I mentioned.

u/TooBuyFor · 1 pointr/homeautomation

I'm going to advise against this completely because it's not going to work, unless I'm completely misunderstanding what you wrote.

The water needs to be constantly circulating or it's going to get cold. If it only circulates for x time after someone opens a tap, they're still going to have to wait for the new hot water to get to the faucet.. and then the extra circulation will continue after they shut off the water.. which is just wasting energy since nobody is actually using the water.

It will be: open tap - wait for cold water to get hot - shut off tap after getting hot water - hot water fills the domestic hot lines, and then cools off because nobody is using it anymore.. and that seems to defeat the purpose completely?

You either need a small pump that is constantly circulating the water or, probably the best bet, is buying a small insta-hot for whatever location you want hot water. If you want it everywhere.. then try: something like this?

I have no experience designing systems for residential, but I make a living designing plumbing for industrial/commercial/superconductor/hospitals, etc.. so I don't know jack about who makes decent quality systems for the home.

u/BACK_BURNER · 1 pointr/Whatisthis

Maybe some kind of hot water circulation system, so you always have hot water when you turn the faucet on. Most of them seem a lot more complicated than that though.

u/findar · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement
  1. Water recirculation set to when you will be showering. Something (like this)[]

  2. Clean your shower heads with CLR. You may have flow issues and when before it only took 1-2 minutes to heat up now it might take 5-6. If the bathroom sinks can get hot water(eventually) this is likely the cause. I had one of the EPA regulated 2.5GPM shower heads(standard since mid 90's) on the other side of the house, it took around 6-7 minutes to get heater. I drilled out the regulator and bumped it up to around 5gpm, so now it only takes 2-3 minutes and the pressure is way better.

  3. Turn up the temperature on your hot water heater. You may just have really bad insulation so need more heat to get there.
u/GutchSeeker · 1 pointr/GoRVing

> I used mine last weekend, since it was the first time I've been to a place that had a dump station that still had the end on the hose.

The spigot where the water comes out hook up to? This gizmo is awesome for those situations.

u/greevous00 · 1 pointr/DIY

Yep, completely agree. You can't fix this kind of thing by hacking it. You need to get to the root of the problem and fix THAT. First thing to do is to run a garden hose down into the basement and fill up that sump pit. The pump should kick on well before you get close to the top -- maybe a little over half way. It should take only a few seconds for the pit to evacuate -- 15ish seconds.

If it's taking a long time (more than 20 or 30 seconds), then the motor is about shot, or it was too small in the first place. If the drain distance is fairly long (more than 30 feet), it's quite likely that the sump motor was too small, because people often don't realize that you need higher horsepower for long drains, especially if the vertical pipe is long. Honestly, I just install 3/4 horsepower and don't screw around. You're talking about a price difference of maybe $60, and it protects stuff that's worth a lot more than $60, so why fool around?

If it doesn't come on until the water is very high (like almost out of the pit), then the sensor is probably going bad and might intermittently fail.

Finally, if the power in the area is dicey (like if the power goes out any time there's a little rain), then you might need a battery back-up sump pump, or better yet, one of these.

u/jimsmithkka · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

there are also backup pump setups that run off a water main like this

A friend of mine bought a house with an electric one like you have and one of these as a backup.

u/ShadySkins · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

Yes. Thanks for the recommendation. I'm not sure if it would be a viable solution for me as it states 12.5 gallons a minute. But, it is still a good fail safe in the event we lose power and don't have a river of water to compete with. Link for the model I just looked at.

My zoeller sump pumps move 72 gallons/minute each assuming a 5 foot up-pipe. My pipes are probably closer to 8 or 9 feet. I'm guessing I move about 120 gallons per minute during the worst storm.

u/thax · 1 pointr/videos

Pretty stupid of the show as homeowners do employ surge protectors for water to protect possessions. I have personally purchased and installed a few of these on my old house which is on a well with waterhammer, and most home have them on the washing machine outlets.

u/Neurorational · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

You might already have air chamber shock absorbers, in which case you could recharge them: shut off the main, open all fixtures to drain the pipes, let it sit awhile, close the fixtures, turn on the main. See if that reduces the hammer, and then see how long it lasts.

Otherwise just install the screw-on hammer arresters at the washing machine and any other fixture that's causing water hammer:

u/millerz1897 · 1 pointr/Plumbing

Thanks for the reply. The reason for my question was the first user amd multiple other comments [here.] ( Does it make sense?

"When you mount this device, mount it directly on the back of the washing machine. This way the cylinder is aligned with the momentum of the water column that needs to be slowed. If you mount it instead at the other end of the washing machine hoses, this is not aligned and the performance will be significantly less effective. When properly mounted, these are GREAT!!!"

u/TypedSlowly5 · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

I put these on the back of my washer. No more banging when the water valves close.

u/Skorne42 · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Thanks for the heads up I didn't bother to think about a sump pump on amazon now I am leaning to using this one with the same cip ball you mentioned.

u/waltwhitman83 · 1 pointr/AutoDetailing

A cheaper way would be a $1 10-gallon plastic tote with a submersible utility pump such as

u/iseethehudson · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

that grey water pump is excellent for a house, i just need a washing machine output used 2 x a week 1 adult+ 1 child in the house. bilge pumps look possible, and i lie the 12vdc power , the other sump/dirty water pumps are 110 vac, like this, $50 dirty water pump but they hook up to garden and hoses much easier

u/megamikedoodoo · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Well I just put hot tap water and pbw @ 114F through it instead of my usual 150F. Still pumping...

edit: I should add for google result purposes. I had this pump laying around from another hobby. It is barely powerful enough to do one tap at a time, I wouldn't try and chain multiple taps together with it. I have the pump in a gallon of solution on the bar top. It is pumping the solution into the chest freezer, out the tap, and back into the solution. So only like 5ft of tubing with maybe 2ft elevation. When this pump dies, I'll probably get something like this:

It is much more powerful and atleast it's rated to 120F. The ecoplus doesn't have a max temp rating, but the similar pumps at harbor freight say max 77F. So I'm guessing this ecoplus pump is not going to have a very long life span.

u/velo443 · 1 pointr/hottub

We bought this pump to drain our tub:

I haven't tried draining it with just gravity, but I'm sure it would take at least twice as long. When the pump runs out of water I open the drain valve and maybe two cups of water dribble out.

u/IzeBerg · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I got this one awhile back and have been very happy with it. recirculate into a large batch of ice water once running with ground water to cool it down initially.

u/Volundr17 · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

We used this one and a spare set of washing machine hoses - it was super easy:

u/fatopossum · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

Thanks for the update! The discharge pipe is 1.5 inches, pit is about 22 inches deep, 18 inches in diameter. The current pump has worked fine for ~10 years now, but the power outage ruined that streak. I just figured since the 3/4 was essentially the same price as the comparable 1/2 I would go with that, didn't realize the other factors to consider that you mentioned.


I'm now debating on whether to go with a battery backup combo unit or water powered backup. Someone else recommended the Wayne WSS30V 1/2 HP Combination System which seems like it may be the perfect replacement. Looks like it recommends a 75Ah deep cycle battery. The one from Wayne is $270, but I found this Duracell Ultra Deep Cycle Battery for 12V Sump Pump for about ~$100. Would this be sufficient to use? That would put the system at about $550.


The other option would be to get a solo 1/2 HP pump like this Wayne CDU800 and Liberty Pumps SJ10 water powered backup. Comes out to about $350, but that doesn't count for having a plumber install the Liberty, and I have no idea what that would roughly cost, maybe you would know?


I think these are my two best options, just unsure on which route to go.

u/memebuster · 1 pointr/homeowners

Fyi this is not the one I ended up with, I can't find the one I got. But this one is very highly rated. In any event, do your research for the one that's best for you. I actually hired a plumber to do the job through Amazon installation. It was.... ok.

Liberty Pumps SJ10 1-1/2-Inch Discharge SumpJet Water Powered Back-Up Pump

u/ouroborosity · 1 pointr/wheredidthesodago

I'm pretty sure this is a whole lot cheaper, and we've used them for years.

u/BexterV · 1 pointr/pics

or here for four dollars less! #

u/datmyusername · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I had this when I was a kid. As far as I remember, it works pretty well.

u/YoshiKoshi · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I use something similar to this. The water comes up the way it does at a water fountain. I can wet and rinse my face without getting water everywhere.

u/jamuraa · 1 pointr/pics

I have this alternative to that. It works great! I don't have to have a skeevy cup in my bathroom to rinse after brushing anymore.

u/stague · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

Yeah, they sell foam domes that attach to your hose bib and insulate it against the cold.

u/hi_lampworking · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

Your pic looks a lot like my basement and we have a valve on the inside for the backyard faucet

We don't have an accessible valve for our front-yard faucet so we use a cover like this

u/overstable · 1 pointr/StLouis

I spent some time in a mobile home where the plumbing is not well insulated. The pipes, especially the outdoor faucets, are susceptible to freezing unless additional measures are taken. We would cover the outdoor faucets with a foam cover for insulation, and use heat tape. The latter plugs into an electric outlet and has a thermostat to know when it needs to turn on to heat the pipe and keep it from freezing.

Those two items would provide decent protection at a reasonable price, but it wouldn't cost a ton to have a plumber replace the outside faucet with a length of pipe going into the basement where the shutoff valve would be more easily accessible. This is your permanent solution...

u/CVGBs · 1 pointr/CampingandHiking

Ha, I know what you mean about the Aluminum tape. It just doesn't hold up as well as duct tape. I stuck with the aluminum, but covered it up with some gaffers tape.

I'm also considering switching to an outdoor faucet cover, particularly for shorter trips. It's much more voluminous but weighs <1 oz and is supposed to insulate much better.

u/UpstandingCitizenMat · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

What you're looking for is this

Cheaper (still functional) versions can be found. But they are going to reach much further than your solution, aren't disposable, and can actually handle something like long hair clogged in a shower drain.

u/TrekkieTechie · 1 pointr/IAmA

You have convinced me to never even think the word "Draino" ever again. Do you think this looks like a decent hand auger for cleaning out drain lines?

u/MrDrummond · 1 pointr/homeowners

Sorry I’m new to all this. Clean out? Like a hole to stick the snake into? And I’m not sure, maybe half inch diameter. It’s this one

The drain line runs about 60-70 feet from house to outside the fence. Probably about 2.5” pvc

Thank you for your reply

u/flopsweater · 1 pointr/milwaukee


Zip it is nice, but for funky drain runs, just buy your own snake.

And definitely some sort of drain filter to keep your hair from going down.

u/Npakaderm · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

If you ever have company over do them a favor and make sure you have a plunger in every bathroom. I saw that on lifeprotips a while back and it's a great point, then nobody has to be embarrassed to ask where the plunger is. I'd also add a drain auger to this list. If you ever get a super bad toilet or sink clog you can try to fix it yourself before calling a plumber that may cost hundreds of dollars.
I have this one and it has saved the day twice now:

One thing I learned as a new homeowner - if your drain is draining really slowly and drano/auger does not resolve the problem it might not be the drain! I just had to run this auger down a vent on my roof that provides airflow to the sink that had been draining super slowly/backing up for months. I had tried everything I could think of to unclog the sink before realizing the sink wasn't clogged at all, it just wasn't getting enough air to properly flow.

u/skiplot · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

That isn't a snake. This is a consumer grade snake. Every homeowner should have one:

u/tinkscute · 1 pointr/MakeupAddiction

I dont recall there being a seal, but i suggest getting this pump to keep your tub a little more sanitary. ;)

u/housesnark · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction


will this pump fit this cetaphil tub? everything I could find only mentioned the cerave in the tub.

u/hoponpop88 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I haven't heard much about it around here... On the packaging note though you can buy tops with pumps that might fit the Noxzema container (I have this one for the Cerave tub) so that might be useful to you!

u/Monarchos · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

This lid is what I bought and it fits on my CeraVe in the tub!

u/carlosos · 1 pointr/acne

They got different ingredients (and probably different concentrations) and the one in the tub is thicker. The one in the tub has Petrolatum while the regular lotion has Polysorbate 20 and Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate. I use mostly the one in the tub for my face.

I bought a pump action lid for the CeraVe in the tub moisturizer because I also prefer the pump action. Here the one that I bought:

u/otter_annihilation · 1 pointr/femalefashionadvice

Here's the link to the other post, and here's the one I ended up getting on Amazon. Unfortunately, it's sold out right now, just like all the others.

u/Wytch78 · 1 pointr/festivals

This gizmoid. I use bottled water at home (skunky well water) so we thought there’s got to be a way to be able to have that convenience at a campsite!

u/RugerRedhawk · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

Get a shower head with flow adjustment or put one of these before the shower head:

u/OGtriple_ · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

I'd skip the guesswork on the showerhead and just get what you want. Install this before the showerhead.

Edit: Take the plastic restrictor out of the showerhead if you end up getting the adjustable valve.

u/EndOfLine · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

Install one of these and teach them about navy showers

u/drowningblue · 1 pointr/Plumbing

Would something like thiswork?

u/meganebvt · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

That's crazy that the auger didn't work!! I used something like this (picked it up at Walmart or Meijer for less than $2) and it was the only thing to work on my clogged drain! Probably wouldn't help if your auger didn't though.

I have been so tempted to just ask my parents to deal with the concrete crack...but no, this isn't their house so I shouldn't take advantage of their kindness. At least our kids will be able to enjoy the blissful ignorance for a while!

u/ostiarius · 1 pointr/shutupandtakemymoney

It could just be hair clogging it up. Try one of these:

Cobra Products Zip-It Drain Cleaning Tool, 1-Pack

By the way, they're like a quarter of that price at Home Depot.

u/lefos123 · 1 pointr/homeowners

They look like this:

There are a ton of brands, and you can usually find them at the home centers

u/user1492 · 1 pointr/NoStupidQuestions

Drain-O. Pour it down the drain and let it do its work.

Also, get one of these to get all the hair out.

u/giggleworm · 1 pointr/Plumbing

I don't know for sure if this is your problem, but many times bathroom (and particularly shower) drains become clogged with hair at the trap or just below the stopper. If that's the case, get yourself something like this:

Flexible Hair Clog Remover

There are zillions of different brands, and nearly any place that sells drain plungers will sell some variant of these. They are really easy to use, and so cheap that if the caught hairball grosses you out too much, you can throw them away. They work great.

FYI DON'T use something like this AFTER you've poured draino into a standing clog. Try the plastic hair clog remover FIRST. Good luck!

u/Ahnteis · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

Sorry to be so slow replying. I had the same problem -- this is the only one that I have found that had an acceptable catch vs flood ratio. (About to re-order for myself after a few years; and trying several other new alternatives.)

You may also need to use one of these:
to clean out the current clogs.

u/FunctionalGray · 1 pointr/TIHI

These are amazing.

u/vin_ordinaire · 1 pointr/LifeProTips
u/bagomangopulp · 1 pointr/HomeMaintenance

Please don't use Drano...ever! It's highly corrosive (obviously) and, while it might help if there is organic matter blocking the drain, if it doesn't clear the drain, either you or a plumber will have to pull the drain apart, which is now filled with corrosive acid.

Your drain is definitely clogged (probably in the trap). First thing you can do is get a super cheap plastic drain snake and give that a try.

u/captiantofuburger · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

/u/Kravnafa14 has the right idea. If it's old enough and seized up so you can't get it off, maybe try running one of those cheap disposable "hair snake" things, should be able to make the gap. Something like this:

I would follow up with Thrift, it's an EXCELLENT product, I cannot recommend it enough. It is not nearly as harsh as drano etc, works well for maintenance as well. I keep a giant bottle on hand to run down my drains a few times a year. it will eat up hair pretty well.

u/Xeno_man · 1 pointr/funny

y'all need one of these: . You can get them at most hardware stores and Walmarts, too.

u/coletain · 1 pointr/homeowners

Get one of these for like a dollar or two, they have them at walmart, home depot, amazon, etc.

99% of the time with a bathroom sink or shower that will fix it.

u/ezPlays · 1 pointr/tifu

Gotta get a 3 pack of disposable drain snakes.

I’ve since outgrown my own shower=masturbate habit, but I still battle my wife’s hair in the drain. Doesn’t make me wanna hurl any less but it’s a bit more practical than kitchen utensils.

Happy fapping.

u/dindenver · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

According to /r/Plumbing don't use Drain-O or any chemicals to fix a slow drain.

Use a plunger first.

Then one of those plastic snakes

Then use a snake

Then call a plumber

u/Cyno01 · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

Clearing the shower drain is by far the worst task as far as grossness to impressiveness ratio.

"Oh, i dont have to stand in a quarter inch of water by the end of my shower... yay, thanks i guess..."

"OMG you took out the stack of amazon boxes thats been piling up for a month, the apartment looks amazing!"

I just got these and jammed one down there, i figure in a couple to three months ill just pull it out and everything will come with it and i can just throw the whole mass away.

How do girls shed so much? I have thick hair, but i feel like id be bald if there were that much of my hair stuck in the drain.

EDIT: Oh god, i just looked at the customer photos, hork...

u/PM__YOUR__GOOD_NEWS · 1 pointr/wheredidthesodago

Of course, don't stop believing.

Actually, this style of drain unclogger works very well.

u/jheinikel · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I got the one in the Amazon link below. HomeBrew Finds found a deal on fittings from Pro Flow Dynamics, and that's where I bought the ball valves and other fittings.

u/imBobertRobert · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

bayite BYT-7A015 DC 12V Solar Hot Water Heater Circulation Pump with DC Power Supply Adapter Low Noise 3M Head 8LPM 2.1GPM

Not the best but it works fine. Isn't self priming though.

u/humashoon · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Would you recommend something like this instead?

u/EngineeredMadness · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Also, not exactly related, but if you do decide to upgrade your rig to recirculating, it's not that expensive for a no-name chinese pump:

I personally would recirculate hot wort through any cold-side or hot-to-cold side hardware if possible.

Also in re chillers, I put my chiller in to the boil with 15 minutes remaining, and pause the boil clock until it returns to boiling temperatures. Needs time to heat sanitize that as well.

u/kdneverstops · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Do you find it easy to brew 5 gallon batches in the brewers edge? I was actually looking at getting the brewers edge without the pump and getting a cheaper hot water pump and some tubing and using that to recirculate - something like this

If you or anyone else on the thread has tried this and could say speak about how well that would work I’d love some feedback.

u/blooper98 · 1 pointr/Homebrewing


hot water pump pump

800w souse-vide it seems the price went up on this one, maybe shop around for a cheaper 800W unit (I paid $55)

u/Endymion86 · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Eh, I bought this pump, and it gets the job done just fine.

u/crawtators · 1 pointr/firewater

Sadly...economics appears to have taken hold. This is the EXACT pump i have...but was 7.99 when i bought it...appears now to come with hose barbs, dc plug instead of just wire leads, and hose clamps...which dont justify the increase.

Might be able to find a cheaper one...but bayite is the brand i used

u/enarik · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Anyone use one of these? Wondering if it is okay to use for only water or water and sanitizer/oxiclean? I wouldn't pump wort through it, just the sparge water and cleaning solutions.


u/GreenMonkey7 · 1 pointr/NoStupidQuestions

RAM-PRO 36" Flexible Grabber Pickup Tool, Extra Long Retractable Claw Retriever Stick, Snake & Cable Aid, Use to Grab Trash & a Drain Auger to Unclog Hair from Drains, Sink, Toilet & Clean Dryer Vents

u/tronfunkinblows_10 · 1 pointr/homeowners

If you know where the entry hole is you could try a USB camera (Amazon) and metal grabber used for picking up screws or bolts in tight spaces?

Assuming they didn't fall way down into the wall.

u/Mayor_of_Browntown · 0 pointsr/Homebrewing

I've been using a similar one about three times a month during my brew sessions for over a year now, I've never had a problem. So long as you have a GFCI outlet you'll be fine.

It saves me a ton of time getting to a boil on my gas stove top.

Edit: Now comparing this one to mine, I realize this doesn't utilize a ground prong (not sure if that matters) nor does it have the safety shut off if it's out of water, so this thing will cook as long as it's plugged in, brewday cattle prod anyone?

u/bovineblitz · 0 pointsr/Homebrewing

A bucket heater can add enough heat to do the trick, I used this one for several years on my weak stovetop -

u/deathonabun · 0 pointsr/videos

Drain snakes really don't have to be expensive. I bought this one from my local walmart for $12 and you'd have to be pants-on-head retarded to not be able to figure out how to use it. I have to use it about twice a year, but it's a life saver for me because I have long hair which loves to accumulate in the shower drain. The only downside is having to clean the disgusting hair clog from it, but I consider that a minor inconvenience.

I've considered using a product called Zip-It which would work just as well on a hair clog, but is meant to be disposable. If you can't be bothered with cleaning a drain snake, and don't need to unclog your drain often, at $5 per, it could be worth the added convenience.

u/midwestgator · 0 pointsr/funny