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Old 04-09-2020, 09:01 AM   #11
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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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If you use them properly and oiled then it's an awesome tool. I used mine hundreds of times when offroading, I usually started mine at 3" because my front bumper was high. I even pulled trucks out of the mud using it like a come along. For a beginner I agree it is dangerous.
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Old 04-09-2020, 10:53 AM   #12
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If you use them properly and oiled then it's an awesome tool. I used mine hundreds of times when offroading, I usually started mine at 3" because my front bumper was high. I even pulled trucks out of the mud using it like a come along. For a beginner I agree it is dangerous.
I carry a 2 ton good quality come-along in the truck..I use it a decent amount for lifting and moving stuff...
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Old 04-09-2020, 07:39 PM   #13
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If you use them properly and oiled then it's an awesome tool. I used mine hundreds of times when offroading, I usually started mine at 3" because my front bumper was high. I even pulled trucks out of the mud using it like a come along. For a beginner I agree it is dangerous.



For sure the load on those jacks isn't balanced and 90 percent of the time you set them on soft footings , however amazing tool with some insane mechanical advantage
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I’ve jacked cables out of sewers with those before as well. You’d ask for a ‘handyman jack’ around here.

Wrap a small chain around your cable so it bites the harder you pull. Easy peasy. In theory.
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you did a knot to the cable or used a tool?
We cut the cable so maybe 3' was sticking up out of the cleanout and then tied that bit up around itself and hooked it on to the jack and that did the trick.

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im surprised you dont have a cable grabber to put on the cable to pull instead of having to tie the cable in a knot sorta speaking...you ever see the set up they use on power lines or phone lines to hold and hang the cable..almost like a chinese finger trap..
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im surprised you dont have a cable grabber to put on the cable to pull instead of having to tie the cable in a knot sorta speaking...you ever see the set up they use on power lines or phone lines to hold and hang the cable..almost like a chinese finger trap..
The guy who does my waterline pulls uses something like this. Except his is much more heavy duty. One of those heavy duty pullers should work if you don't have enough cable out to tie into a knot.

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im surprised you dont have a cable grabber to put on the cable to pull instead of having to tie the cable in a knot sorta speaking...you ever see the set up they use on power lines or phone lines to hold and hang the cable..almost like a chinese finger trap..
No never seen the so called cable grabber. In my time as a plumber I have not come across a knotted up cable, neither me nor any one I know. So this might be why we dont gave a tool laying around just for that purpose.

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


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Handyman jack here
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