I have a drain snake and the cable "fell out" of the container. I'm not sure if this means it is broken or if there is a way to reconnect it and push it back in.

It is not an electric one , just a simple plastic manual old drain snake

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    Bases on the title, I thought you lost the snake in the toilet, and it went down the pipe. I shed a tear for you. Then I read the full question and realized it was nothing so dramatic. Whew! – RockPaperLz- Mask it or Casket Mar 9 '16 at 20:55

The snake is designed to be removable. Just insert the tail end into the opening and carefully push the snake back into the container. Use a twisting motion for the first foot or so to help the snake coil up in the container instead of wadding into a bunch.

You may need to remove the locking thumbscrew entirely to allow the tail end of the snake to slide past.


If it is a small one like this hand snake some have a clip on the inside to anchor the end. If you cannot open it up to get to a clip just shove it back in. Make sure to lock the snake when spinning so it doesn’t get all twisted.

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