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Puzzle project. What do you thnk this is? It is a “drain chain drag line” changed to a shovel

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Project by TopamaxSurvivor posted 04-04-2011 09:31 AM 3191 views 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The title pretty much says it all ;-))

Edit & hint: I made it to do a little maintenance project at the house

Edit 2: it hinges at all the joints.

Edit 3: It was a “drain chain drag line” to clean out the waste water system that has filled with some sediments. I changed it to a “shovel” which works a little better.

The second picture is the swively part I made so the drag line could be pushed in, rolled over and it would open to pull the dirt out. I the first metal piece I used was a fairly stiff can lid, but it bent off to the side. I had only used one screw to hold it, but it was obvious I need to use two on the next part I made. Now, a new issue, splitting the swively part with two screws in it and pressure on it as it pulled the dirt out and caught in the corrugations of the plastic drain pipe. I wrapped it with #14 copper wire to solve that and soldered it to hold it in place. Not a very good job of soldering. I didn’t want to have any more heat on the oak any longer than absolutely necessary.

The drag line didn’t work out very well. I could feel dirt being pushed further back and I wasn’t getting much out. I decided to make a shovel. It worked better. It went all the away into the T about 4 feet in.

Today, the rains came and I still have a clog around the corner in the T. I went to the next down spout, poked a hose in it and it did not back up to the catch basin. The hose fill the depression in the driveway in a couple minutes, so I guess I’ll have to dig up the T and use it to go in around the corner ;-(

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence





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mafe

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#1 posted 04-04-2011 09:49 AM

A homemade measure! lol.
A snake!
Who made this?
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#2 posted 04-04-2011 10:23 AM

I made it to do a little maintenance project at the house Guess I shouild have said that. ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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mcjibbin

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#3 posted 04-04-2011 10:25 AM

Chimney sweep? Gutter Cleaner? Roof moss scraper?

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degoose

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#4 posted 04-04-2011 10:40 AM

Enema anyone:?

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 04-04-2011 10:47 AM

No, but it is along those lines for cleaning.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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rdlaurance

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#6 posted 04-04-2011 11:37 AM

Hmmmm! Seems the second link on the top has something that appears to be soot on it…..

Is that correct?

-- Rick, south Sweden

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 04-04-2011 11:43 AM

No its not soot, but it did get dirty in use.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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mcjibbin

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#8 posted 04-04-2011 11:53 AM

Sewer clean-out cleaner-outer? Drain pipe un-clogger? Dryer vent tube de-linter? Septic tank scraper?

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mafe

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#9 posted 04-04-2011 12:03 PM

A stuffed vac hose?
Your ears?
Laugh.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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docholladay

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#10 posted 04-04-2011 12:05 PM

Unclog a toilet?

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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stefang

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#11 posted 04-04-2011 12:31 PM

Well, firstly whatever you cleaned must be curved, and judging from the business end, not too large. I can only think it must have been used to clean some kind of pipe, either plumbing, heating or ventilation, or…..............something else. That should about cover it!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#12 posted 04-04-2011 12:47 PM

mcjibbin has the glory of being the first winner. Too bad glory is the only prize ;-)) I have a 4” drain in the driver way with a small silt trap that is only about 10” square. No way to get anything into the pipe but a short trowel. 30 years I have not had any problems until this winter. Must be an abnormal amount of silt in the gushers coming in ;-(( Plugged the pipe in past where I could reach with the trowel. I made this Drain Chain that could bend going in and be stiff enough to push. It was a Drag-line but it didn’t open up and pull things out very well, so i changed it to a shovel. It worked much better than I thought it would. The metal is from heavy gauge framing metal. You know the stuff that is used after the carpenters lost framing inside wall to the iron workers ;-)) I’ll post more pics tomorrow

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Spoontaneous

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#13 posted 04-04-2011 01:15 PM

Hey, you’ve gotta give Mafe a little credit for being first because he said ‘snake’. This sort of qualifies in a weird sort of way. Clever devise, whatever you call it.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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spunwood

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#14 posted 04-04-2011 01:30 PM

The year is 2078. The war between Man and Machine has been fought and won by man (who would have thought!). Here lies the leg of a sneaky flexible snakelegged robbot. Originally designed to clean gross things, it resented its job and was one of the initiators of the war.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 04-04-2011 01:51 PM

Hmmmm! a do-it-yourself colonoscopy tool!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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