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Old 04-23-2020, 05:45 PM   #1
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Hi - I bought a used K-1500 to clean out my house's main line. 1 1/4" cable. I realize this is probably the issue (that i should use a 5/8" at most), but here's my question: I'm going into a vent stack through a large removable cap on the side (so 90 degree bend), and about 6 feet down, there's another 90 into the main drain. That connection is not a smooth curve...it's a hard 90. I was able to make the turn on the way in, and run the cable to the city's sewer. Pulling it out, though, was epic, and I'm convinced that the resistance was the 90 into the main line.

I was running the machine in 'forward' and pulsed the rotation on for a few seconds, then pull about 6 inches, rinse and repeat. I didn't pull out anything significant, so it wasn't resistance from a root ball...

Is there something basic i'm doing wrong? (other than probably using too big of a cable)?

- One potential solution I considered was feeding the cable into the main line and then sending down a flexible sleeve, similar to the one that's attached to the back of the 1500. Is this done? If so, what do people use?

Thanks for reading...looking forward to any thoughts, tips, or tricks you might have!
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Should've used a hand snake they're only $15
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My first thought is that you are a dangerous person, adrenaline junkie.

My tip to you is to leave cleaning to someone who knows what they are doing and carries proper liability insurance instead of risking tens of thousands of dollars in repairs.

And here’s my other tip. Look at the very top right of this page and ask yourself if you are a qualified plumbing professional. If your answer is yes, read the site rules and post a proper intro.
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Hi - I bought a used K-1500 to clean out my house's main line. 1 1/4" cable. I realize this is probably the issue (that i should use a 5/8" at most), but here's my question: I'm going into a vent stack through a large removable cap on the side (so 90 degree bend), and about 6 feet down, there's another 90 into the main drain. That connection is not a smooth curve...it's a hard 90. I was able to make the turn on the way in, and run the cable to the city's sewer. Pulling it out, though, was epic, and I'm convinced that the resistance was the 90 into the main line.

I was running the machine in 'forward' and pulsed the rotation on for a few seconds, then pull about 6 inches, rinse and repeat. I didn't pull out anything significant, so it wasn't resistance from a root ball...

Is there something basic i'm doing wrong? (other than probably using too big of a cable)?

- One potential solution I considered was feeding the cable into the main line and then sending down a flexible sleeve, similar to the one that's attached to the back of the 1500. Is this done? If so, what do people use?

Thanks for reading...looking forward to any thoughts, tips, or tricks you might have!

clench the cable between your butt cheeks and squeeze real hard and lift with your legs..if that dont work..your fked..
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This handy unit will work for you

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My first thought is that you are a dangerous person, adrenaline junkie.

My tip to you is to leave cleaning to someone who knows what they are doing and carries proper liability insurance instead of risking tens of thousands of dollars in repairs.

And here’s my other tip. Look at the very top right of this page and ask yourself if you are a qualified plumbing professional. If your answer is yes, read the site rules and post a proper intro.
To the only useful reply - Apologies for posting on this site. I actually thought i was posting on the diy site, which i was directed to after signing up for this site and reading the admin note. One too many windows open. I'll post there and kill this thread.
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The best story that I tell my customers. Some wanna be home owner rented a big drain machine for his mainline and guess what the cable pretzeled and severed a finger completely. Returning from the hospital with a missing finger he had to hire a plumber to clear the line.


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The best story that I tell my customers. Some wanna be home owner rented a big drain machine for his mainline and guess what the cable pretzeled and severed a finger completely. Returning from the hospital with a missing finger he had to hire a plumber to clear the line.


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I used a Ridgid glove and a 12" section of PVC to keep the length of exposed cable to less than 18 inches.
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You must have a very big house since a vent stack is only requierd when fixtures are draining from more then 4 stories and if you knew that you would probably be able to figure out how to eel a main line. You got the right size cable just not the education. Best of luck !
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you were on the right track at the end of your statement. you had the machine backwards. turn it around and shove the big black schlong down the drain. then run the cable through it. easy peasy
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