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Old 09-09-2019, 04:52 AM   #21
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I would love to do it in a better way and get it to take 30 minutes for a main sewer like you state. I would myself buy a general speed rooter 92 with 100' of 5/8" cable instead of the oversized Gorlitz I work with now. Now from what I have seen in your videos it looked like your 30 minutes is with an outside clean out. I need to get in to a basement then put drop cloths down and I need to clean up a little bit when I'm done.

I asked about the flex shaft but the impression I got here from you guys was that it can be a good tool but not a main machine on its own without drum machine or camera also in the arsenal.

If you can tell me that a flexshaft is all I need to open a regular clogged line with a few roots and I would not need any other machines then I'm all over it, but that does not seem to be the case.

Like I have said, around here there is no drain cleaning only companies so people expect any plumber to be able to clean drains too. I am not looking to specialise in drain cleaning but simply to be able to deal with standard clogs to service customers. When I start a business if I start to tell people to call another plumber for drains then next time they have a plumbing issue they will call that guy and not me. That is no way to keep customers and business coming in.

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That 30 min time is from an outside cleanout.....doing it from the roof is bit longer because I have to get the ladder and machine on the roof. I do however use a specialized drain cable machine that retails for roughly 1200 but you'll need to learn how to use.....part of the class I'll be offering on how to clean drains easier. Because of what you mentioned about not trying to specialize in draincleaning I'd actually recommend for you to skip the flex shaft thing altogether and just stick with cables.
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Old 09-09-2019, 08:34 AM   #22
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That 30 min time is from an outside cleanout.....doing it from the roof is bit longer because I have to get the ladder and machine on the roof. I do however use a specialized drain cable machine that retails for roughly 1200 but you'll need to learn how to use.....part of the class I'll be offering on how to clean drains easier. Because of what you mentioned about not trying to specialize in draincleaning I'd actually recommend for you to skip the flex shaft thing altogether and just stick with cables.
That is the conclusion I got to too. I don't want to come off as a hack to you more specialised drain guys but I'm afraid that there simply is not a market around here for that kind of drain cleaning. The customers around here are not bad but they simply are not into paying extra to go the extra mile. The customers are not as such cheap but they are practical people that as long as the drain got opened up with the propped kind of machine for the job and it will last a long time then they don't need to pay extra for that perfection of a job.

Had I been in a market where that is possible I definitely would have had flex shaft and a camera too in order to be fully equipped.

I think you will make a great class and I hope you get successful in this little new adventure of yours.

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