I have been using this guy for 5+ years, it did a lot of good jobs...chopping and grinding.. Recently I found it also can be a dough maker and it did an amazing job! Just pour some water and add flour and press "grind"! Now I am thinking of buying the same model but a bigger one!
I first borrowed a generic tool from a friend. The pipe would not stay stationary in the vice part, regardless of how much I tightened the screws. The Ridgid tool really did the job. Pipe did not slide at all, and it made perfect flares.
This works well, and removes blockages that other consumer products can't--or can't conveniently. But there are a few things to remember: 1. Robustly seal off overflow drains in sinks and tubs. (In tubs, you'll have to unscrew the guard grill over the drain.) E.g., in round overflow drains, hammer in corks or rubber stoppers--and have a third hand holding them in too, if possible. In oval overflow drains, plug them with wet towels and tape them in with gorilla tape -- and have a third hand over them too. If you don't, there's a risk of splattering a wide area with dirty water. (This seems like a lot of work, but it only takes a few minutes.) 2. Hold the blaster tight to the drain with as much weight as you can. Otherwise its blast effect will be weakened and you may get wet. (There should be water above the drain level for greatest effect.) 3. If the blaster seems to lose the ability to be pumped up--i.e., if the air leaks out as it is being pumped--lubricate the pump rod with lithium grease. (Or, in a pinch, cooking oil.)
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