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I hereby endorse the Turbo Snake™ Drain Hair Removal Tool as seen on TV. I bought it yesterday on a whim at Walgreens when picking up some Wal-fed for Graham (damned pollen).

I know, I know... but I can't help checking out the As Seen On TV aisle every time I go to the drugstore. There are so many products to admire and/or mock. I was drawn to the Turbo Snake™ Drain Hair Removal Tool mainly because it was relatively inexpensive ($6.99) and because my bathroom sink refuses to drain with anything resembling speed. Draino does not seem to help the situation, and it becomes a pain in the ass when I'm rinsing my face, teeth, or anything else that requires a clean basin of water.

Graham mocked me for bringing home the Turbo Snake™ Drain Hair Removal Tool, due to its location on the As Seen On TV aisle. And he mocked my eagerness to try it out as soon as I got home.

Upon seeing how it worked, though, he was quickly a convert and would probably too endorse the product if he were into writing silly posts like this one.

The Turbo Snake™ Drain Hair Removal Tool is essentially a piece of velcro on the end of a long flexible wire. The wire is more flexible than a coat hanger (which is what I've been shoving down the drain from time to time to encourage better drainage, which much less satisfactory results than using the Turbo Snake™ Drain Hair Removal Tool), but less so than, say, a speaker wire. You snake the wire down the drain and then twist several times. The velcro end catches random hair in the drain, wraps it around itself and then pulls it back up when you retract the wire.

The first twists in the initial test run recovered a rather large mass of disgusting and gross hair, presumably mine, since Graham's tends to be short and/or fine. Subsequent twists recovered less hair, but enough to make us feel like we were making progress on the drain. Testing drain speed, we were delighted to discover that water didn't accumulate in the basin at all when running freely. When plugging the drain and releasing water, the flow seemed to be what one would hope for in a bathroom sink.

The downside to this product is that you have to deal with the disgusting and gross hair that is recovered from the drain. I used toilet paper to pull most of it off the end of the velcro, but it was not a pleasant task. Fortunately, now that the sink drains, it was easy to wash my hands and the instrument and not have all that gunk sitting in water for ten minutes waiting to go down the drain.

If you have persistant clogs in your bathroom caused by hair accumulation in the drain, I encourage you to investigate if your local drugstore's As Seen On TV aisle has the Turbo Snake™ Hair Drain Removal Tool. If it appears to be reasonably priced, you may want to check it out. Or, I guess, you could secure a piece of velcro on the end of a flexible piece of wire and shove it down the drain.

I am not paid to endorse this product, but I'll be happy to take cash for endorsements if anyone wants to give me any.


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Mar. 29th, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC)
that's pretty cool! i might have to pick up one of those...as well as adjust the pop-ups so that they pull up far enough to let the water drain out more easily.
Mar. 30th, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
I have been intrigued when I've seen the commercials for this. And slightly repulsed. But mostly intrigued and curious.
Mar. 31st, 2011 01:33 am (UTC)
Draino never works
This is pretty much a smaller version of an actual drain snake that you can purchase at Lowes, though they cost a little more, they will go farther down your drain.

Mechanical means are the only way to clear drains. Chemical solutions don't do shit.

Congrats on getting your drain unclogged! Great feeling.
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