Just wanted to let you all know that I picked up a "Quick Clear drain cleaner" (very close to the Zip-It style) a while back.. Can't for the life of me remember where now.. LOL
I can't say that they would work for every type of clog, but for hair in the bathroom sink or tub/shower drain trap, they work a lot better than I figured. With 2 women with long hair and a long haired dog, ours gets clogged more often than I'd like.
Quick Clear doesn't have a web page (that I could find) but the Zip-It does..
They are about 18" long, about a 1/4" wide and mine has barbs as well as grooves (slots) along the outside edge.. Stick it down the drain, give it a quick twist or two, and pull.. rinse the drain line and your done.
According to Zip-It's site, they are available at the big box stores, Wal*Mart, HF (could not find the listing), True Value etc.... (Lowe's Item #: 161219)
Not a bad product for about $2 IMO....
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