My toilet is suffering frequent clogs that could be cleared with a plunger, but recurs the next time we send anything down.

So I went and got the fanciest toilet auger at Lowe's, Cobra brand heavy duty "drop head" (model 47030).

I got it to go down about 18 inches, and then it got jammed. I tried reversing the twist, and the snake part became detached from the handle.

After much back and forth, I eventually got the snake out. I have two issues:

  1. Is there any special technique for reconnecting the handle? Should I consider it defective?

  2. It still clogs very easily. Is it time to pull the toilet? Or would a narrower auger snake be worth a try?

  • Have you gotten on the roof to see if the vent is clogged? – Edwin Dec 20 '14 at 18:33
  • I've been on the roof, and I sent my normal drain snake down. The toilet is only 3 feet from the main exit of the building. There is not much of a horizontal run at all. Plus it is easily fixed by plunging. I've plunged about 30 times. – Jeff Bell Dec 20 '14 at 22:55
  • For those of you following along, I got the slinky part of the snake out by putting on the gloves. It gave me more control than that 3foot handle. I used the L-shaped tube that was left over to guide a regular drain snake, and that helped loosen things up. – Jeff Bell Jan 3 '15 at 3:08

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