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Old 05-08-2019, 11:43 PM   #11
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That's the pictures I have. I'll call them tomorrow morning to see if they haven't hired another company.

I was thinking staying on an hourly discounted rate. I have no idea what I need to replace once it's broken up. It's safe to say I'll be spending at least 10 hours breaking concrete, replacing the rotted part and re-cementing. If it didn't affect the main line that's right beside it.
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I don't know what it's like up there but I love those jobs since they're usually a guaranteed sale. They need their drain working plus you've already built a rapport with them, at least you should have if you've been in the house for hours.
I usually give them an estimate on the spot since I carry a full size and micro camera. If it's broken under the slab I'll recommend they call their insurance since 70 to 80 percent of the time it will be covered and nobody wants to spend thousands of dollars out of pocket when they could just pay a deductible.
I'll usually ask if they'd like to me to wait while they call insurance since I know they're more likely to approve the work if it's explained in a professional manner.
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I don't know what it's like up there but I love those jobs since they're usually a guaranteed sale. They need their drain working plus you've already built a rapport with them, at least you should have if you've been in the house for hours.
I usually give them an estimate on the spot since I carry a full size and micro camera. If it's broken under the slab I'll recommend they call their insurance since 70 to 80 percent of the time it will be covered and nobody wants to spend thousands of dollars out of pocket when they could just pay a deductible.
I'll usually ask if they'd like to me to wait while they call insurance since I know they're more likely to approve the work if it's explained in a professional manner.
Thanks that's useful info! I own a 3' mini ridgid cam which is not really good. and a real ridgid micro is about 6 or 9 thousand dollars I can't remember. Never will I buy that at that price and the image quality is as bad as the 3' x 130$ one.
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I don't know what it's like up there but I love those jobs since they're usually a guaranteed sale. They need their drain working plus you've already built a rapport with them, at least you should have if you've been in the house for hours.
I usually give them an estimate on the spot since I carry a full size and micro camera. If it's broken under the slab I'll recommend they call their insurance since 70 to 80 percent of the time it will be covered and nobody wants to spend thousands of dollars out of pocket when they could just pay a deductible.
I'll usually ask if they'd like to me to wait while they call insurance since I know they're more likely to approve the work if it's explained in a professional manner.
Do you guys rent a fan and flexible exhaust to the outdoors to get the dust out while breaking the floor? It's a tiny space /bathroom and outside of that it's a finished basement,
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That looks like soap and grease not dirt but I could be wrong.
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T&M, don’t discount snit! Start busting up where your cable went in and follow it to the bad spot and keep following till you find good pipe or the main.

10 hours by yourself, that’s a good payday.
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Do you guys rent a fan and flexible exhaust to the outdoors to get the dust out while breaking the floor? It's a tiny space /bathroom and outside of that it's a finished basement,
Bring some tarps, tell the customer to remove what they don’t want dust on before you start busting up.
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Do you guys rent a fan and flexible exhaust to the outdoors to get the dust out while breaking the floor? It's a tiny space /bathroom and outside of that it's a finished basement,[/QUOTE]

We own one of those fans. We we're doing enough inside digs where it became cheaper to buy than rent. We also have 2 jackhammers and 2 OSHA compliant silica dust vacuums with attachments for the jackhammers.
With the attachment and silica vacuum we really don't need the fan. The amount of dust released is negligible but we use it anyway.
I don't know what micro camera you tried but our Ridgid micro reels have an excellent image. Probably close to DVD quality. We have an 80' and a 100'.
I've seen some used units for around $2,000.
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Thinking it over night I'm not sure I want to do this. 2 feet away is a shower sitting and connected directly on top of the main. That means 2 -3 feet from the abs clean out I installed is the main which is right by the foundation and footing. I probably have to remove the shower stall. What if the connection to the main is bad(cast iron) then I'm up $hit creek as its right at the foundation footing. I'm not about to dig under the foundation or have a backhoe dig the front yard.

I think it's too much risk for it to go wrong as a one man shop.
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That looks like soap and grease not dirt but I could be wrong.
I think its clay, it was very sticky and it had a crunching sound between the spring of the bit. Clay is always gritty. I don't know if you can see in the picture but the bulb on floor for the 3/8 cable bent out of shape.
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