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Old 03-23-2019, 01:30 PM   #11
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many times using peppermint oil in very hot water either flushed or poured into the farthest fixture from the main helps locate a crack or broken pipe..cheap , easy and fast..doesnt always work, but gives a distinct pleasant odor to at least track down to a smaller area..
Nice video Tom.

Not to derail, but my current project specs that we do a smoke or peppermint test after all fixtures are set and traps filled with water. This is a 4 story assisted living facility. Our estimator missed this and is worried about it and is trying to get out of it. Would you recommend oil over smoke?
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Old 03-23-2019, 02:40 PM   #12
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this is the machine we have to smoke test , it works well.


http://hurcotech.com/product/power-smoker-2/
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Nice video Tom.

Not to derail, but my current project specs that we do a smoke or peppermint test after all fixtures are set and traps filled with water. This is a 4 story assisted living facility. Our estimator missed this and is worried about it and is trying to get out of it. Would you recommend oil over smoke?

I would go with smoke as you can visually see where a leak is, and once you unleash peppermint, everything smells like peppermint and it becomes a pain..but in a building or store where customers or other people the peppermint is less noticeable to them, but after the first use there isnt a second because that stuff smells peppermint for a while..
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We have a shop vac we use on blow. We put a metal pan in the bottom and light one to three smoke bombs in it then blow it into the vent pipe. If there is more than one vent we cap the extra. Works really nice. The lil smokeys from diversitech dont last long enough though which is why we use several.



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I made my own smoke machine out of a Ridgid toolbox, bathroom fan, 3" pvc tee and some flexible dryer vent hose. Not a bad way to spend $100 considering I usually get around $500 every time I use it.
It's convenient because I can store everything in the box and take it all up to a roof on one trip. Well, besides my extension cord. I may try to set it up to run off a power tool battery at some point but running a cord is usually not much of a hassle.
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Nice video Tom.

Not to derail, but my current project specs that we do a smoke or peppermint test after all fixtures are set and traps filled with water. This is a 4 story assisted living facility. Our estimator missed this and is worried about it and is trying to get out of it. Would you recommend oil over smoke?














Stan, there is a master plumber with over {40} yrs. in the trade. All he does is specialize in smoke tests to locate sewer gas leaks. He tracks down some leaks that no one else can find. PM me if you need his number. He will advise on the topic.
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I made my own smoke machine out of a Ridgid toolbox, bathroom fan, 3" pvc tee and some flexible dryer vent hose. Not a bad way to spend $100 considering I usually get around $500 every time I use it.
It's convenient because I can store everything in the box and take it all up to a roof on one trip. Well, besides my extension cord. I may try to set it up to run off a power tool battery at some point but running a cord is usually not much of a hassle.



Makita makes an 18v blower you could use. It has like a 1.5" outlet. You could use a shop vac hose and a 2x4 fernco.






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Cats, always have to be part of the action! I just bought one of them fancy gadgets and I tried it with some propane, it's not new but it works.



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Cats, always have to be part of the action! I just bought one of them fancy gadgets and I tried it with some propane, it's not new but it works.




you can use it on the liter box to know when to change it..
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you can use it on the liter box to know when to change it..













It's "litter" as in most Americans are illiterate......LOL
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