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Yes I'll buy it and try my luck with it 7 70.00%
No I won't buy it and decline jobs 2 20.00%
Decline 4 years of work to see if I can afford a ridgid 1 10.00%
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Old 03-17-2018, 11:11 PM   #21
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option 4.....buy a used ridgid.
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Old 03-18-2018, 08:26 AM   #22
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option 4.....buy a used ridgid.
It would be an interesting idea to by used however I have had bad experience buying used.

The liberty 331 pump I got from ebay the seal was leaking heavily and the bearing was seized. I bought a milwaukee drill, the soldered on brushes were gone.

So buying used from the internet is a big gamble.

Even with saying that, I'm still being lured looking for a used navitrack on that site which would be more reasonably priced but a ridgid camera I'm not convinced.
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Two out of three Ridgid camera's I have were bought used.
No regrets.

I am going to pull the pin on a micro drain soon.
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You have a very good point, the push rod will probably be too tough to push past a certain distance. That may be the reason I see a lot of reels which looks like 1/2 pex. The chinese camera rod is about 1/4 inch.

Since I'm a new company and from my understanding my listing on google doesn't show up on the first pages unless its in my neighborhood. People find me mostly because they searched for higher ratings. I have the best score but I'm still lower on the list because the others have been there for years even if they have only a single review. I read it takes 5 years to be on top.

With that said I don't have many main drain calls, I've done 3 since I've purchased my Ridgid k-3800(about 6 months). I decline a lot of them in fear they may have roots or I get stuck. I'm responsible to buy them a new pipe at my expense, build them a new basement if I have to dig to get the cable back and I also have to buy them a new lawn and dig 6-8 feet. To be non liable I need a bulletproof waiver which I'm still working on.


I don't get a lot of camera inspection for house buyers because again I'm new. We don't have slab leaks ever(only on commercial slabs) because the copper - kitech or pex comes in straight from under the footing then its all overhead.

I'm willing to start small and if my name gets around and the money starts to come in then I can invest safely. For example my k-3800 was 1300$USD and when I got it the total amount was 2250$CAD. That's almost a 1000$ more! This is why I have to be extra careful when I purchase big ticket items. The fees are tremendous.
To get an idea yesterday our dollar was worth 72 cents and today 74 cent.
A k-3800 is to small to do main lines. Branch lines yes. Main lines NO.
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A k-3800 is to small to do main lines. Branch lines yes. Main lines NO.
That's why if they have trees in the front yard I decline. If not then I sometimes accept.

I also get mixed suggestions, some say 4" is ok and some say not.
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I also want to add that the original cable is 1/2" and the front end for the bits is 7/8" and goes not go through a 3' 90. So why would it not be good for a 4" pipe?
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I also want to add that the original cable is 1/2" and the front end for the bits is 7/8" and goes not go through a 3' 90. So why would it not be good for a 4" pipe?

Just trying to give you some friendly advice.
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I wouldn’t run 1/2” in a 4”. Now that said my go to is .55 magnum, so I feel like a bit of a hypocrite, but I’m surprised to say it equals a 5/8 cable.
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I wouldn’t run 1/2” in a 4”. Now that said my go to is .55 magnum, so I feel like a bit of a hypocrite, but I’m surprised to say it equals a 5/8 cable.













I use a Ridgid 7/8" cable in 3" & 4" main lines and I will use the 5/8" cable in the branch lines inside a building such as 2" kitchen drain lines.

I've used 5/8" cable in a main line before and I've lived to regret it. Unless of course it's a stiff innercore.
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Ok so I bought a fully loaded chinese camera. The only issue using it in the living room was the wimpy reel. I knew I'd break the rod the 1st time I'd use it and no way would I hold that thing in my hands while trying to push and pull.

The other thing was the budget, it was another 1500$ or more just to get the large basket reel. So I made my own yesterday and today. I still have some tweaking but it's all hand made from the basket, to the rack to the tiny screw holes holding the electronics and center shaft that measure the rod distance, a contraption for the center spoke as it wasn't designed to have a big wheel. and finally had to modify the plastic electronic parts to fit on the bigger spokes of the wheel.

I'll be testing it out in my french drain with the locator.








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