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Old 11-30-2010, 03:50 PM   #1
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Question Which pipe thawer do you like

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
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I tried to do a poll but for some crazy reason i wasn't able to

Any was, which one do you guys use?
General Hot-Shot or the Ridgid KT-200
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Old 11-30-2010, 04:55 PM   #3
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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!
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Pipe N Hot...

A lot like the Hot Shot
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I have the pre-Ridgid KT 200, Its nice with the A, B, C, D settings and the amp gauge. You hook up the clamps, start of on the A setting if the current is below the acceptable current draw for the outlet then switch to B and so on, once you reach the safe current draw 15 amps on a 20 amp outlet, just let it sit and do its job.
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I had the Hot Shot and liked it. Never used anything to compare it to though.
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Talking hot shot

the hot shot is very nice.... and works well..

we have an old trindle in mothballs too....


but I really am not looking forward to useing
it this winter....
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the hot shot is very nice.... and works well..

we have an old trindle in mothballs too....


but I really am not looking forward to useing
it this winter....
We had a Trindle as well big old yellow box with a high / low and neutral tap. My old man lent it out and never got it back
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Talking those are heavy

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We had a Trindle as well big old yellow box with a high / low and neutral tap. My old man lent it out and never got it back

those trindles weigh a ton..... I hate even thinking of
lugging one of those things into a home in the dead of winter,,,,,
with my feet and balls frozen solid.....
I had that thing rigged up on a two wheeled cart....

would you like to have mine.....
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those trindles weigh a ton..... I hate even thinking of
lugging one of those things into a home in the dead of winter,,,,,
with my feet and balls frozen solid.....
I had that thing rigged up on a two wheeled cart....

would you like to have mine.....
I feel your pain!!!! The company i use to work for had 1 of those heavy @ss bricks
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