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 How to retrieve a lost drain rod
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Wonkee Donkee Retrieving Tool used to retrieve lost or stuck drain rods The biggest cause of lost or stuck drain rods is people turning the rods in an anti-clockwise direction whilst rodding the drain. If this does happen to you, all is not lost. The retrieval tool has been specifically designed with that eventuality in mind.
Wonkey Donkey Retrieving Tool 2 being used to retrieve a drain rod lost up a drain

Step 1 – Connect retrieving tool

Connect the retrieving tool to the end of your drain rods and insert down the drain towards the stuck drain rod, adding rods until you have the desired length to reach the lost drain rod.

Wonkee Donkee Retrieval Tool 3  being used to retrieve a drain rod lost up a drain

Step 2 – Continue inserting rods

Once you have reached the lost rod, continue inserting the retrieving tool approx 152mm (6″) further on and begin to slowly turn the rods in a clockwise direction.

Wonkee Donkee Retrieval Tool 4  being used to retrieve a drain rod lost up a drain

Step 3 – Slowly turn rods

Continue slowly turning the rods connected to the retrieving tool until the lost rod locates itself into the coils of the retrieving tool.

Wonkee Donkee Retrieval Tool 5  being used to retrieve a drain rod lost up a drain

Step 4 – Continue turning rods

As you slowly continue to turn the retrieving tool, the lost rod should lodge itself further into the coils of the retrieving tool.

Wonkee Donkee Retrieval Tool 6  being used to retrieve a drain rod lost up a drain

Step 5 – Slowly pull rods back

When you are sure the lost rod is lodged into the coils, begin to slowly pull the rods back out of the drain. The joint on the end of the lost rod should jam itself in the coils of the retrieving tool, holding it fast.