Originally Posted by 130 PLUMBER
Since i don't own a pipe thawer,I'm planning on buying one sometime this month.I was wondering which one do you guys prefer
The one I prefer you can no longer find, I believe ...
That was a NIBCO LETROSWET ... High and low power settings and off / on switch. Over the years it has opened hundreds of frozen pipes. The other feature was a electric torch up to 3" capacity. The carbon contacts heated up a 3" copper joint in about a minute and a half. This thing still works and has to be in this shop for at least 40 years. The only maintenance was the replacing of the copper lugs on the clamps. This had to be done after every 50 thaws.
When it finally does crap out there is a hot-shot which was used on another truck ... Sadly though neither of them work on CPVC or PEX.
Those poor people will have to wait until spring ...
Betcha I brought back some memories to the old timers sitting there watching the orange box do its magic ... And when they thawed grab the screw driver, put the handel in your ear to see if anything was broken and you had to make the run for the main shut off. Sometimes nature won!