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Old 05-14-2019, 08:43 AM   #31
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I have a micro reel and micro drain. The micro drain is able to do pool 90's so it should be able to do vent 90's. The micro reel can do it also but not as well. I wouldn't do more than 2 with the micro reel.

Sometimes I'll throw in a video inspection for free if I think I can get more work out of it. For certain jobs the video inspection is priced in already.

I always do a video inspection if I'm doing a main sewer line, hydro jetting or if they've informed me it has been an ongoing issue.

As far as pricing goes, I think you just have to work on your confidence. If you have doubt in your pricing then that will show when you speak to customers.

I worked for some of the bigger companies in the area with the highest prices around. I would always sell my jobs for the full price that the company set. Those were negotiable so many guys were doing them for half just to get the job. These were the guys who would always complain about prices being too high. Yet somehow the best performers were able to get full price consistently, all while working the same area and with the same customers.

I don't see how it would be an issue if you mention to the homeowner that you offer a video inspection service. It's up to them to decide if they want it. There are many people who would rather take care of the problem once and for all and appreciate having that option. What I do is inform them that their lines are old, the pipe could have issues beyond a normal clog and I lack x-ray vision so I won't know until I work on it.
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Old 05-14-2019, 01:22 PM   #32
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I have a micro reel and micro drain. The micro drain is able to do pool 90's so it should be able to do vent 90's. The micro reel can do it also but not as well. I wouldn't do more than 2 with the micro reel.
Do you use the CA-350 monitor with the micro drain?
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Do you use the CA-350 monitor with the micro drain?[/QUOTE]

I use the ca-300 and I also have the adaptor to use them with the LCD Pak.
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I use the ca-300 and I also have to adaptor to use them with the LCD Pak.

My search has now begun for a microdrain seesnake and a CA-350. While searching for a used unit I'm still going to wait for the next staircat to show up for sale.
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My search has now begun for a microdrain seesnake and a CA-350. While searching for a used unit I'm still going to wait for the next staircat to show up for sale.

I have the cs-6 pak seesnake and it has served me very well. I can get it through 1-1/2" abs/pvc 90's. I have been using it as my only camera for about 5 years now.


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What exact model is your micro drain camera? I'll look for a used one if I jump on that.

I just checked this video, the 90's are long turn which aren't the ones plumber's use around here. The guys use these one. There not supposed to but they do because they'e cheap, and also hacks use them in abundance hidden in walls. My 5/16 drain cable without the special lead won't go through.



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You showed a picture of a vent 90 to be used in vents only there are three sizes that I know of Vent 90, Medium sweep, and long sweep
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You showed a picture of a vent 90 to be used in vents only there are three sizes that I know of Vent 90, Medium sweep, and long sweep
Yes I know the types. Like I said previously new construction plumbers, most often times kids fresh out of high school without any beard yet install vent 90's on the drain side because they don't know any better or their boss tell them to do it that way to save time, in turn it saves money. No inspection, who cares.

Second problem construction plumbers have no idea what drain cleaning is. They have no concept of future problems when blockages happen.
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You are right I did new construction for a few years. Install the plumbing as fast as you can because the boss only got a few hundred dollars for drain instillation per unit. In California the plumbing is inspected. I remember on a job for a multiple unit condo complexes. The plumbers installed main line clean outs under commercial water heaters not what I call accessible? They could have used another 3' of piping and put the clean out outside of the footing in the sidewalk. I do not know why the inspector passed it. I was not in charge just a track plumber for a few years after I got out of the Air Force. I did see some really skilled installers on the job site. It is good to have new construction experience as well as repair remodel drain cleaning experience to have a well rounded knowledge of how things are installed and maintained. David
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What ever came of this Tango... did you get the repair or let it go.. This kind of repair could definitely make a dent in the cost for a camera
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What ever came of this Tango... did you get the repair or let it go.. This kind of repair could definitely make a dent in the cost for a camera
I said previously I told them to get a second opinion. It was my first time getting into clay. The main right by the footing sitting under a shower stall. A can of worms waiting to be opened.

So many rules and laws I didn't want to get involved and get blamed and probably have to foot the the bill. Big companies out here are immune to cfficial complaints it seems and screw people over. Customers don't complain or go after them but they so go after a little contractor like me.

Yep it would help get the camera paid...If they paid that is, any big estimate I do they look for the cheapest alternative.

I bought a main drain camera and locator and no one wants to pay for it. A complete bust.
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