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5.0 out of 5 stars Works.....And Reusable.....Like They All Are..., August 30, 2009
This review is from: Turbo Snake - Original - 2 Pieces Included! - As Seen on TV (Misc.)
I saw an ad on TV for the "turbo snake" that got me hunting down something similar here on Amazon. First up, don't buy the turbo snake from its online site, or on the phone. Like all these pitchman products they slaughter you with the S&H, and you can do much better here on Amazon. (If you're dead set on this particular name brand, buy it here.) The turbo snake, like many other variations on Amazon are basically a thick flexible nylon or plastic strip around 18" long that have some kind of teeth at the end designed to grab and extract the hair and gunk that gets caught in the trap of bathroom sinks and tubs. Most of the products you will see here on Amazon,(including the turbo snake) claim they are for one application only. (Something they don't bother to mention in the infomercial). Be advised this is a gray area. ALL the products of this type can be used more than once if you have a strong stomach, or just plain cheap. The reason why drain cleaners such as these tell you to toss it out after each use is because the prickly system of teeth employed at the business end that is responsible for grabbing the hair and gunk is very hard to clean. The teeth tend to hold on to its yucky prize most tenaciously. You will be forced to use your fingers diligently to dislodge the crap, which a lot of folks will cringe at. And in the course of the cleaning you may get carried away and break a few of the sensitive teeth, thus making it a little less efficient each time. Still however, if you're willing to do this, and or feel that a little disgusting chore comes about easier than $$$, you can accomplish it and use each of these tools at least a couple of more times. The other reason why products such as these tell you to throw them away is because after each use the flexible rod gets bent and twisted a little, thus a tad harder to operate. Not impossible or greatly damaged, but a little misshapen. Certainly not does it get so bent out of shape after one application that it becomes useless to be sure. One has to decide for oneself if they want to use this tool once and buy in multiple units, or perform the disgusting deed. As for the tools effectiveness, let me say first off that I have owned 3 different versions of this type of unclogger and have found them all to be of great use in getting to the clog and effectively extracting the crap. There is only a very small or moderate difference in all of them. Mainly in the design of the teeth. All of these tools are designed for clogs at the trap, and very close to the sink or tub. That means they are unfortunately a little short, around 18 to 24 inches, and designed only to turn the corner of a bend in the sink and that's it. If you suspect your clog is a little deeper, you will either have to purchase a longer snake, or call a dreaded professional. Other than that, this product, and all of them I have tried like them are both very effective, AND reusable if you are willing to accept the terms described beforehand. I cannot recommend any one over the other since all of them seem to be equally effective despite the small differences in design. The name brand Turbo Snake is just a tad thicker and tougher than the others I've used, thus the little higher price. If you do decide to get the TS, the two pack listed here will probably last you through 5 years or more of clogs if you're willing to clean it. Its not a chore that comes up all that often fortunately. My only recommendation would be that if you are going to be one that passes up on the squeamish cleaning and use once, buy several of them at a time and make the shipping charge worth it. Trust me, these little tools work much better and are far easier than removing a trap underneath a sink or tub to get at a clog. Which for me, always and relentlessly no matter how careful I am or how much I tighten it, means they leak forever...
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Initial post: Sep 26, 2009 8:23:51 PM PDT
This person should get some kind of award for this review.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 6:56:48 PM PDT
C. Rodrigues says:
Thanks for the good review. I purchased 2 of the 2 pack of the TS at Walmart for $9.88. Coupled that with a $1.77 seam ripper to clean off the crap after each use, and I think it'll be a good investment vs. an professional snake or worse yet, a professional plumber. I always wait for As Seen On TV stuff to hit Walmart / Target / Bed Bath & Beyond. Save a ton on shipping.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2009 7:08:10 PM PDT
You got the TS for a good price. Buying a seam ripper to clean the crap is a good idea. I think I will get one myself. (And anything is better than a professional plumber. Sitting on your toilet all dam day cleaning the crap is better than a professional plumber).

As for your patience waiting for TV pitchman products to show up elsewhere, it's actually hard for me to believe so many poor slobs pay the outrageous amounts they ask for shipping on TV, or on the items web site, of there is one. Besides, waiting gives you the opportunity to check out Amazon and other places for some reviews first. Good luck and thanks for the comment...

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 8:14:20 AM PST
K. Greene says:
Anybody thought about using scissors to clean the gunk? If it's mostly hair (as the drains in my home tend to be), trimming it all down to 1/4" would probably help it just fall out-- the same way that velcro sticks initially, but then fails on really short nap fabric...?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2009 9:50:44 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2009 10:15:10 AM PST
Scissors can work too, but they should be the small, very sharp kind that you have in your bathroom, or makeup kit. Lately I have noticed that just allowing the whole mess, (which as you stated is mostly hair anyway) dry out completely, makes it much easier to remove. I think we just naturally want to clean it right away while its all wet and gross. Put the thing aside someplace for a couple of days, and it can usually be cleaned easily with just your fingers...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2009 1:36:50 PM PST
U.R.S. says:
Yes, I agree. I was just about to buy the Turbo Snake from their official website and would have been charged very high shipping fees. I'm glad I came here first.

Posted on Dec 3, 2009 9:20:33 AM PST
Hanson says:
i bought one these from CVS because the home depot was closed at the time. DO NOT USE THEM IF YOU HAVE OLDER PIPES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i started to snake it down and (given that the j pipe is very thin to start with and rusts away with time), it pierced the pipe and now i have to replace the j pipe. i thought this just an accident, so i then tried it on a bathroom drain, SAME THING HAPPENED!!!! i now have to have the plumber come out and replace both since the house is older and i don't want to keep damaging the pipes.


as for PVC piping, i am not sure, i did not want to destroy all three sinks in my house.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 10:43:33 AM PST
Eric Riback says:
One of the best reviews ever on Amazon. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2009 3:23:00 PM PST
bookworm31 says:
How old was your house and pipes?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2010 10:32:06 AM PST
GT68 says:
It is not uncommon with the chrome covered brass sections of a drain pipe/trap assembly to become corroded to the point that looking at them the wrong way will crack them. This is completely normal. They even develop many pin sized holes over the years that then become clogged with little bits of mineral deposit residue quite some time before failing completely. what you experienced simply meant it was time to replace those parts of your trap. by the way, for future reference, this is EXTREMELY simple to do. Go to you tube and type in "replace trap assembly" or something like that and you will see how very simple it is. you basically attach some pieces together and may need a three dollar hack saw to shorten a piece of pvc. by not freaking out and calmly assessing the situation, you can usually do many of these things yourself within 3-4 hours including the trip to ACE hardware or home depot. I should know, I used to freak out about stuff like that! : )
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