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Old 04-08-2020, 09:00 PM   #1
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First up I'm sorry for no pictures but I had 2 guys from the shop and our boss there so I did not take pictures. I went to cable a small apartment buildings sewer and went through a floor clean out. I was told they had had issues with flushable wipes before. I used a general speedrooter 91 with 100' 5/8" cable and 4" sidecutter. I never knew about a manhole outside the building maybe 30' out and the maintenance guy did not know about it. Well I go through maybe 50' easy and finally hit a bit of resistance but not much. I pull back a bit and feel a bit of resistance so I deside to pull the cable back to see what I get back before getting too much wrapped up on the cable. To make it simple I pulled back the cable fully tangled up on itself and it got stuck at the wye going up to the clean out. We had to pull it through the wye using this handyman thing 42" tall. I never would have gone that far if i had known about the manhole in the lawn.

Funny thing is even with a 4" sidecutter head the water never moved in the clean out while the cable was already all the way out in the manhole. The water did not let go before right when we had the cable pulled back to the wye.

I dont feel like I screwed up at all but it really sucks when this kind of thing happens.

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theres an old saying to cover that.............................................
"schit happens"
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How did you attach it to the high lift jack (that's the proper popular name)?
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i remember cleaning a sewer in a house by johnsonville. yes the brat capitol of the world. i asked if it was a septic and they said no, johnsonville sewer. sent in the cable 100'. nothing. couldnt pull it back. ejector pit in yard with e1 pumped forced main sewer that the homeowner forgot to mention. had to pull the pump with the cable wrapped around it. good times. ( later found out that all local homes tied into their private treatment plant)
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How did you attach it to the high lift jack (that's the proper popular name)?
We cut the cable first and then we basically just tied it up around that little lift foot and it worked fine.

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We cut the cable first and then we basically just tied it up around that little lift foot and it worked fine.

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you did a knot to the cable or used a tool?
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I never had a problem with a city sewer until I went on my own.

I’ve used a hydraulic car jack and a series of vice grips to pull a root bound cable out more times than I care to....
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......We had to pull it through the wye using this handyman thing 42" tall......



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How did you attach it to the high lift jack (that's the proper popular name)?



Yeah, High lift jack is the more common name now. Many still know them as tractor jacks. They can be quite handy, and very dangerous.






I often run my cable an extra 30' into septic tanks with no issue. now mind you that's not a manhole but I've done those too. The trick is to keep it spinning while you work it back and forth. If it won't spin than put her in reverse and pull back a bit, then forward and pull back a bit, then reverse and........Rinse and repeat until cable retrieved.






Also, don't start with a pair of side cutters. Start with a single, serrated, side cutter. Least likely to get you in trouble. If you don't pull any hygiene products or the like out then switch to using a pair. Otherwise you're liable to get a ball of wipes or tampoons that won't fit back through the fittings.









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Farm jack here.
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We call those farm jacks.. Dangerous as hell but ive lifted the cottage before with one of those


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