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Old 03-07-2019, 08:16 PM   #11
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That's why h.d won't even rent you real blades to clean your drain just ones to poke a hole in it..
Here HD rents the general and ALL the cutters!. Sometimes I get calls from diy who tried their luck clearing their main line and failed. I decline them all. First I'm not risking getting stuck with my medium sized machine and second if they were so cheap to do it themselves what give me the guarantee they won't cause me trouble and blaming me for a broken pipe or whatever story they are going to come up with or that they will be paying?
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Old 03-07-2019, 08:22 PM   #12
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We don't want to do those calls trust me.. But we have been slow and I these people begged our office to send us.. h.d here rents up to a 3" cutter.. our sewer laterals are 6" to front of house or building trap whatever comes first here.. Hardest place to get all roots out is 4x6 clay reducer..

It was the general but open cage I use a speed rooter 92... I've had to use my cable to dig out other cables before too.. I use 5/8" cable does the job... for heavy root infiltration k1500 is what you want though turns roots into coleslaw in no time
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Old 03-15-2019, 04:11 PM   #13
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Crappy video quality... but my 1st call today

https://youtu.be/qpnfxmoxCSc
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Crappy video quality... but my 1st call today

https://youtu.be/qpnfxmoxCSc

first off...better you than me.......thats why i dont do drain cleaning...welded waste lines??? WTF...you need to add a charge for having to work in that slop....get yourself one of those 2 gallon sprayers and mix up a bleach solution to at least kill some of the smell and bacteria in that crawl space...
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Crappy video quality... but my 1st call today

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For me, that would have been a referral to a remediation company before setting foot in that slop. Good for you for having a gas mask at least.

Setting aside your safety down there, her safety living on top of that needs to be considered too.
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Yea it was fun.. we got the job to excavate and repair.. even though I did most of excavation already... hopefully dry out before next week a bit... also found another leak on main water feed so we got that repair also shes just happy to have everything figured out

I told her she should call someone but she wasn't interested not the worst one I've seen..

welded waste lines are not common here I've seen them before though..

I'll go back and fix it up.. I'm tired today been a busy one lol 6 calls 3 mains and 2 kitchens... last one was a grocery store flooding out and already had people there trying to figure it out.. I think we got it fixed though plugged catch basin.. if it doesn't fix it its gonna be the water main
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Wow! That's a serious mess that needs bio hazard suits and H2S monitor. The insurance would take care for the mess but not the repair. I bet it would also need an entire perimeter dig and decontamination. 20 000$ or more?

That's one reason I don't really do mains. laterals are usually clean.
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Yea it was fun.. we got the job to excavate and repair.. even though I did most of excavation already... hopefully dry out before next week a bit... also found another leak on main water feed so we got that repair also shes just happy to have everything figured out

I told her she should call someone but she wasn't interested not the worst one I've seen..

welded waste lines are not common here I've seen them before though..

I'll go back and fix it up.. I'm tired today been a busy one lol 6 calls 3 mains and 2 kitchens... last one was a grocery store flooding out and already had people there trying to figure it out.. I think we got it fixed though plugged catch basin.. if it doesn't fix it its gonna be the water main
In the video you mention the boss only supplies you only one drain machine? If I had that many calls my employee would have the whole line up of drain machines, cables and tools. Does your boss have the greedy and cheapness syndrome?
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You broke my first rule of drain cleaning- “don’t get it on you”
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Crappy video quality... but my 1st call today

https://youtu.be/qpnfxmoxCSc
Wow! That's a serious mess that needs bio hazard suits and H2S monitor. The insurance would take care for the mess but not the repair. I bet it would also need an entire perimeter dig and decontamination. 20 000$ or more?

That's one reason I don't really do mains. laterals are usually clean.
In this job sometime you just gotta do what you have to do... honestly not even that bad I've had alot worse.. yes should definitely do some de-contamination I won't even tell you how I deal with that stuff you don't want to know..

It was maybe only a 5x5 area that was affected I built a platform out of 2x4s and ply wood over affected area.. wasn't to bad I was pretty clean... usually I'd wear a tyvek suit in there but i had run out..

When I go back I'll dig out most of the poo and do some more decontam with the stuff the restoration guys use and I'll be fine.

Didn't even stink like I said it's still cold out.. if it was dog heat of summer It'd be a different story...

Once had to cut floor out of trailer to get under it had sunken to its axles over 50 years In a swamp
Had to get under there and hook up the sewer it had fallen apart... I said dont use toilet for 1 month I'll be back and that's when I did repair...

If I can I'll post an after video... You guys haven't seen nothing yet.. I might invest in some better recording equipment and start showing a Day in the life...

I've been a "Drain Technician" for ten years my company only signed me up last year as a plumber as my boss was afraid I'd leave after I got my gas license (G2 400k btu and under) We dont have apprenticeships for gas fitting like other provinces do..

UH OH! I got a call Major Flood stay tuned 😜 I like drain cleaning more than plumbing truthfully when you see the water drain it's so satisfying
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