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Cleanouts are fittings that attach to sinks and other plumbing fixtures to allow access to the drains without removing the whole fixture. It seems like we only pay attention to our drains when there’s a problem, and cleanout plugs are notoriously difficult to remove. Stuck drain cleanout plugs can ideally be removed with some WD-40 and a wrench, but often you have to use a chisel and a ball peen hammer or even break the plug into pieces to take it off.

This Eureka Cleanout Plug Wrench from Pasco (pictured above) is made of high carbon steel and includes tapered thread taps. Cleanout plug wrenches, also called drum tap wrenches, run about $12 from Amazon, and should make a difficult job a little easier.

Pasco’s Eureka Cleanout Plug Wrench Via Amazon [What’s This?]
Eureka Cleanout Plug Wrench [Pasco]

 

8 Responses to Eureka Cleanout Plug Wrench

  1. Jerry says:

    Not only would this be a handy device for anyone dealing regularly with plumbing issues, it should be pretty handy for the everyday person who may only have to handle those tough clean-outs once in a while. I say that because, priced at 11 bucks, it’s an item that would not be needed to be used every day to pay for itself. If it saves anyone a bit of time even once, it will have paid for itself.

  2. Jim says:

    I may be missing something, but where are the tapered thread taps?

    Jim

  3. Beans says:

    I’ve been wondering the same thing, Jim.

  4. browndog77 says:

    Ditto on the taps!

  5. Audra Heaslip says:

    Hmm, I looked into it and can’t find any other picture that shows where the tapered thread taps would be. My mistake – several sources list the wrench as having them, but they’re clearly not visible here. Could it be something that comes separately?

  6. Brau says:

    9 more of those and a basketball … and it’s game on. 😉

  7. fred says:

    @Audra Heaslip:

    It is highly unlikely that this tool comes with pipe taps. In fact – cleanout plugs usually start at 1-1/2 inch nominal pipe size, and a tap for that size plug might cost $80

    http://www.plumberscrib.com/Products/Ridgid-E-5119-1-12-Pipe-Tap__35850.aspx

    Even the HF cheapie NPT set costs $45 and doesn’t go up to the size of a cleanout fitting.

    We have perhaps 5 to 6 sets of pipe taps – we roll 6 E-350 “motorized toolboxes” – but probably have only a few 1-1/2 or 2 inch taps. We use the taps for re-threading – cleaning up threads on old fittings that we do not have the option (clients are sometimes funny this way) of replacing. I can probably count on my fingers how many times we’ve been called upon to actually tap a pipe connection. The only one that I recall was tapping a large heavy-walled drain line to accept a small inlet drain pipe.

    If I had to guess – the offending advertising copy is either a typo – or more likely a mistranslation from Chinese. Maybe they wanted to say that this wrench is used on plus that have NPT threads.

  8. Audra Heaslip says:

    @Fred
    Thanks for the info!

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