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If you have a clog in your pipes and you want to try and clear it out yourself, it's helpful to know which drain tools to use. You don't want to start with the most heavy-duty piece of equipment you can find. Instead, try one of the most basic tools of all – the plunger. It's also very effective for many clogs. If that doesn't cut it, work your way up to the next level of drain tools - the hand snake. The hand snake is a length of wire or cable you insert into your plumbing. The best way to go about it is insert the hand snake a foot at a time and then reel it back. Repeat the process until you've got a hold of the clog.