Most of the clogs in your bathroom sink or bathtub don't require the mess of a full length plumbing snake and if you're an apartment dweller you're certainly not going to give up precious space to store one.
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What you need is a mini-snake, easily stored under the sink and handy for those annoying hair clogs. At the home-improvement site DoItYourself.com they share a handy trick for always making sure you've got a snake close at hand. You'll need to stop by the hardware store and get a few feet of 1/8" stainless-steel cable and you'll need a pair of need noise pliers:
Step 1: Simply bend several individual wires (not strands) out in different directions from the centre of the cable so that when rotated, the strands will snag hair in the clogged drain.
Step 2: Fish cable as you would a drain snake, twisting as you push gently to advance into and around elbows, etc.
Step 3: When you feel the clog, just twist the cable until you feel some resistance and withdraw slowly to extract hair.
Step 4: Repeat until the big wad comes out, maybe two or three times.
The DIY solution is much more effective than trying to reach a mat of hair with needle nose pliers and much easier to store under the sink than an actual plumbing snake. If you have your own handy DIY home-plumbing solutions, let's hear about them in the comments below.
Clogged Drain: A DIY Alternative to Drain Snakes [DoItYourself]