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How do I open this sink trap?

That bottom piece should unscrew by turning it counter clockwise. They usually come with a tool to unscrew it. You can use a steel washer and a pair of pliers or a large screwdriver. You don't want to ...
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How do I open this sink trap?

Apparently it is called a bottle trap. To clean it in-place Use a large coin to unscrew this part: Here is a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_sUB9PlTw8 To remove it: Unscrew this part to ...
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Under sink has cylindrical fixture instead of J-pipe, what is it and how to clear it out?

That is a drum trap. [Evidently also called a bottle trap in some parts of the world, per comments] They are rather old school, and out of favor in code now. I'm more used to finding them embedded in ...
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Sink clogged completely when using NaOH drain cleaner

How to unclog it !!! WARNING !!! Put on gloves, and full face protection gear! NaOH can cause severe burns or even permanently blind you. You wouldn't want even a droplet on your eyes, since (unlike ...
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Sink clogged completely when using NaOH drain cleaner

I just faced the same problem recently - a NaOH plug. I solved it using citric acid. Instead of using straws, I used a piece of hard wire and I was hitting the hard NaOH clog mechanically. After ...
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How to fix a slow draining sink?

It it is a new build, then removing the trap under the sink will not be an issue. Just loosen the nuts, remove the trap (have a pan underneath) and then clean the trap. This is most likely the ...
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What’s causing the water to come back up in my kitchen sink?

So the key point in your question is this: ...but when I turn it off, the water comes back up and fills the sink Where is that water going? Well, the disposal works like a pump and pushes the water ...
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How can I stop this drain pipe from backing up?

The plumber you had out kind of left you hanging. He should have put a camera down there to give you more details on what is going on. Basically your septic tank is backing up or you have an ...
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How can I remove calcium deposits from a drain?

Acid. Vinegar, Citric (aka sour salt), CLR, Barkeepers friend, phosphoric, etc. Keep applying (and re-applying) it, and see if perhaps you can get dry citric acid or barkeepers friend mixed to a "...
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How much grease accidentally going down a drain is a concern?

In general, a one-time slip-up dumping grease down the sink won't cause any clogs. Grease creates clogs over time, by building up layer upon layer inside the pipe until water cannot pass through (...
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Toilet clogged with paper cat litter

There are no clear cut rules on how an auger should work. They're designed to "screw" into the clog and either break it up so it flows down the drain or catch the clog so you can pull it out with the ...
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Toilet does not flush, pressure is non-existant, it worked when first installed, what's up?

Given all of the steps you have already done I would go the cheapest and most effective route. Get a couple gallons of muriatic acid (big box). Pour about a 1/5th of the container down the tank ...
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Pulled a lot of stuff from Bath tub drain, now the clog is even worse!

I have found (over many years and snaking hundreds of drains) that the ability to get past a bend in the line is directly related to your technique (read, experience) and the tool you are using. Cheap ...
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Sink clogged completely when using NaOH drain cleaner

I just cleared an extremely difficult NaOH blockage in my bathroom sink. Gallons of water went in, and I spent 20 minutes working at it with the straw. While I could see there was a reaction between ...
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My child flushed a flashlight down the toilet, how do I get it out?

The first (and most likely) place it's stuck is at the top bend inside the toilet. That's usually a rather tight turn. The second place is at the bottom, either above or below the floor flange. The ...
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How can I unclog a toilet that is clogged due to non-toilet paper?

If the soap doesn't work, I'd go with a drain zip before going to a snake. There are a lot of brands, burt basically a drain zip is a three dollar, 2.5 foot (3/4 meter) long flat, bendy piece of ...
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How can I find the cleanout for my cast iron drain line?

You basically have three main options for a cleanout: Roof. Most home during that era, especially with cast iron have a full clean out on the roof vent. Main stack on lowest level. This would be ...
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How to clean hair and junk off an auger?

I always let mine dry and then take it out back and put the torch to it. It does leave some residue, which is very easily and quickly removed with a wire brush.
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Old drain clogged with a lot of ceiling spackle

There's a good chance the clog is in the trap right under the sink. Someone should try to remove it and clean it out. If it's not the trap, get a cheap drain snake and run it down the drain with the ...
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Best practice to unclog calcium deposits on the water holes of the toilet seat

Any good decalcifying agent will work - CLR, Kaboom,to name two, or even vinegar. The hard part is getting it up into those holes under the rim. I suggest you get yourself a set of small round wire ...
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Removed the toilet from bathrom in effort to get closer to & remove a clog. How do I determine if the clog is gone without putting the toilet back on?

If there's water backing up in the pipe with the toilet removed, the pipe is clogged. The trap seal of a toilet is inside the toilet itself, so what's under the toilet (or behind in the much rarer ...
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Unclogging sink drain with plastic pipe using snake

It should be fine. If you're talking about plastic pipes directly under the sink (like in the picture below) it's usually easier and more efficient to remove them before trying to snake the drain pipe ...
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How can I unclog a toilet that is clogged due to non-toilet paper?

You have a 3-year old (deep sigh) - odds are pretty good it's not a 2-week old subscription card (ought to be pretty much mush by now) but some other object likely flushed more recently. My slow-...
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Which way to unscrew the behind part of the v pipe?

You can often determine the whether the threading is right or left handed by looking closely at the first thread between the edge of the fitting. Your picture is not clear enough to tell this from the ...
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Sink clogged completely when using NaOH drain cleaner

I had this same problem. I tried to de-clog my shower drain by pouring several capfuls of caustic soda (NaOH) down the drain. I was going to leave it for 30min and then flush it, but I forgot about it ...
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How quick do tree roots re-clog the sewer drain after snaking?

I can tell you that in my area (we have full blown winters) the snaking is required once a year. You may be able to stretch in in a dry spell to two years, but is it worth the risk? Your alternative ...
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How can I find the cleanout for my cast iron drain line?

You should try to get past this crisis with only clearing a blockage, although eventually the cast iron will have to be replaced. If your house was one of a group of houses of the same construction, ...
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Stubborn clogged sink drain

I would go rent a snake. Plumber will do the same by using a snake but the charge to rent and doing it your self will be cheaper.
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Is grout in the toilet a plumbing clog concern?

It's not likely to be a problem. The cement in the mortar is diluted enough that it won't create a plug downstream. You're mostly looking at clean silica sand. However, I'd play it safe and vacuum it ...
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How do I unclog my AC drainage line

The best solution to this problem is to install a drain system that allows for easy inspection and cleaning. Here is an example of "the right way" to plumb that:
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