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Old 05-08-2019, 08:02 PM   #1
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I had to unclog the laundry line. The kitchen line was also connected to it underground.

My 3/8 and several bits wouldn't go further than 2 feet and about 6 inches after the underground elbow. I think I hit clay.

I tried the 5/16 with the same results. I think the underground pipe is broken and filled with packed clay. I still charged the 2 hours I spent there including the installation of a C/O

What are opinions about this?
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Old 05-08-2019, 08:08 PM   #2
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Looks like clay to me. Time to jackhammer.
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I told them to get a second opinion but weren't thrilled, 99% of other companies are bad apples around here.

Anyone else agree it's clay? I could make a lot of money breaking concrete and fixing it.
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I told them to get a second opinion but weren't thrilled, 99% of other companies are bad apples around here.

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are you out of your mind?????? telling a customer to get someone else for an estimate....you give the people the price and or estimated cost for a job, but tell them no guarantee on final price as its clay, now if the CUSTOMER says they want to get another price fine, but you DONT EVER suggest that....
it shows your not sure of yourself and the next guy will steal the job with a fake cheap start price and them hit them with all the extras....
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Like I said I'm in unknown territory. Not 100% sure it was clay. I prefer to err on the safe side than being wrong and doing something stupid.
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Like I said I'm in unknown territory. Not 100% sure it was clay. I prefer to err on the safe side than being wrong and doing something stupid.
do you have a camera? take a look whats down there....but if the drain cleaner cant go through it you take your best guess and go for it..if its a broken pipe in your best opinion then sell it and do the job, either way the pipe needs to be cleaned, either removal and replacement or drain cleaner...you tried on method now its time for plan B..dig
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I have a cam, it won't fit in 1 1/2" pipe. I could see the if the mainline just beside also has clay. I would have to cut out the brass cleanout.
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Clay or dirt retrieved on a cutter like that means one thing. Rotted out line. Sometimes I get them open, sometimes it’s a bust up. Closer picture would be helpful, but you have a rotted line.

When you bid, remember the fact you’re going to be dealing with nasty sewer soaked dirt! Make it worth your time.
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The line isnít filled with packed clay, thereís a hole in the cast iron and your cable is going into the dirt. I just did one the other day. My neighbor ran his snake through the tub waste/overflow, tested to see if it was clear and water was pouring out.

He called me and I busted up the slab for the repair. I found a lot more rotten cast under the slab.
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Don’t want to, but looking at a 36 unit occupied underground.


Did I say I don’t want to? If not, I’d like to say I don’t want to.

Right now, not including cement we’re at $110k. If this goes through we will need to hire extra workers, and I’m going to strong arm for more $ from my Master!
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