Are you in desperate need of a toilet plunger? Twin Home Experts has over 25 years of professional experience in the plumbing business and we want to help you get your problems under control. We are going to give you the scoop on how to build the world’s BEST plunger and how to use it properly so that your clogging issues can finally be put to rest.
Over the years, we have unclogged hundreds of toilets, and let me tell you, we have seen things we never wanted to! In dealing with all these different types of stoppages, we knew that we needed a heavy duty plunger that would do the job fast and do it well. We started out by trying out all sorts of store-bought plungers and found that there were pros and cons to each of them.
Let’s take a quick look at some store bought options:
A 5-foot cable that allows you to push and turn at the same time, augers were made for plumbers and are very hard to use and can scratch the bottom of the toilet bowl. While it does push the clog very aggressively and allows for no mess because of the skinny rod and shape, the plumber’s auger may be too difficult to use for most homeowners.
We probably all have a generic plunger somewhere in our house and they are good for a light stoppage, but they are not going to do the job if you have a major problem. They also make a terrible mess if you try to use them on major stoppages.
AIR POWERED PLUNGER:
This type of plunger works very well but they can cause a big mess and can splash sewage everywhere. You may end up with a much bigger disaster than you started out with!
When it comes to stubborn stoppages, we have the BEST plunger for you! After using all of the above types of plungers, we realized that in our day-to-day work these store bought plungers did not always work properly, leaving us (and the client) feeling frustrated. So one day, after trying to unclog a filled-up toilet with the above-mentioned items, one of our technicians noticed the homeowner’s toilet brush cleaner nearby. Out of desperation, he grabbed it and used it by placing it into the bottom of the toilet and began pumping the brush back and forth with small thrusts. BAMM! He was able to unclog the toilet with NO mess!
We have continued using this method, and we have to say, it works the BEST! Since then, we have modified our method to work much easier and we have developed a prototype to show you how to build your own toilet brush/ toilet plunger.
Now, not every toilet bowl brush will work as a toilet plunger, so really quick, let’s go over which one does NOT work. If you have a brush that has the round ring built on the handle, you will not want to use it for your plunger. It will cause big trouble because the built on ring will slap against the water inside the toilet causing a BIG, stinky mess.
So, now we are ready to get down to business and learn how to build our new plunger:
Tools you will need:
- Saw to cut plastic
- Tape measure
Materials you will need:
- Plastic, straight toilet brush cleaner
- 4ft schedule 80 1/2 threaded on both sides or 1/2 schedule 40 PVC pipe
- 1/2 glue or threaded tee PVC
- 2 part epoxy
BUILD YOUR PLUNGER :
Cut the plastic handle down to 6 inches, or enough to allow the handle to slide down the inside diameter of the 1/2 pipe.
Mix the 2 part epoxy (approximately the size of a silver dollar).
Apply the mixed epoxy all around the toilet brush handle.
Slide the toilet brush handle down into the 1/2 pipe until the brush bottoms out on the top of the pipe.
Make sure you have at least 4 inches down the pipe.
Apply remaining epoxy all around the bottom of the brush and pipe.
Let it cure for several hours.
Glue or screw the 1/2 tee on the opposite end of the brush pipe.
Now that you have completed building out your own toilet plunger, you’re ready for some action. As shown in the video, it does take very small thrusts back and forth to force the water through the blockage, so it is important to keep moving it until you see the water go down the drain.
We hope you find this tutorial helpful!