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Old 09-26-2017, 11:17 AM   #1
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Currently I have the Insight Vision Vutek for my main and branch lines.

http://www.insightvisioncameras.com/.../vutek-camera/


The thing is awesome. But lately I have had alot of jobs that involve inspection small diameter pipes under 2 inch which the mainline snake obviously cant get in. Ive been called upon several times to inspect and map out floor drains or basin sink drains with P-traps. Does anyone use the Ridgid NanoReel or the Ridgid MicroDrain?

The NanoReel seems like it can get into some tight places, but im worried that it will fail in a 1.5 inch pipe. Also, vise-versa Im worried the microdrain wont be able to get in as many tight places.

If anyone has any advice i would love to hear back.
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Old 03-21-2018, 11:31 PM   #2
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Currently I have the Insight Vision Vutek for my main and branch lines.

http://www.insightvisioncameras.com/.../vutek-camera/


The thing is awesome. But lately I have had alot of jobs that involve inspection small diameter pipes under 2 inch which the mainline snake obviously cant get in. Ive been called upon several times to inspect and map out floor drains or basin sink drains with P-traps. Does anyone use the Ridgid NanoReel or the Ridgid MicroDrain?

The NanoReel seems like it can get into some tight places, but im worried that it will fail in a 1.5 inch pipe. Also, vise-versa Im worried the microdrain wont be able to get in as many tight places.

If anyone has any advice i would love to hear back.
I have the Vu Rite camera but not really happy with their services. I've had mine for over 5 years with issues in the last 12 months
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if you don't mind me asking, are you happy with the Insight Vision camera?
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I have the microdrain and microreel. The drain is fine in 2" but the image washes out in pipe 3" and up. If you're dealing in cast, I'd recommend the drain. If in PVC I'd recommend the reel. Don't use the CA350 monitor but instead go with the CS6X

If you need to just map out the location, then use a sonde carrier and that can get through a Ptrap.
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Ridgid Ridgid Ridgid Ridgid Ridgid Ridgid Ridgid Ridgid.
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Currently I have the Insight Vision Vutek for my main and branch lines.

http://www.insightvisioncameras.com/.../vutek-camera/


The thing is awesome. But lately I have had alot of jobs that involve inspection small diameter pipes under 2 inch which the mainline snake obviously cant get in. Ive been called upon several times to inspect and map out floor drains or basin sink drains with P-traps. Does anyone use the Ridgid NanoReel or the Ridgid MicroDrain?

The NanoReel seems like it can get into some tight places, but im worried that it will fail in a 1.5 inch pipe. Also, vise-versa Im worried the microdrain wont be able to get in as many tight places.

If anyone has any advice i would love to hear back.
Any update, what did you purchase? I'm looking into it for 1 1/2" pipes. Same thing Ridgid NanoReel or the Ridgid MicroDrain
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I went ahead and got the Rigid Microdrain. I use it as the quick grab on lines 1 1/4-3 inch.

Since I just do drain cleaning; I end up using it everyday as an up-sell. Being able to see inside the line is the only way to know what your up against. It easily can go through toilet bends and p-traps.

Honestly I get this thing in some tight lines.. If its a tight drain; i just take the ball guide off and run it with no head protection. Its held up this whole time



If it broke tomorrow; I would probably have a new one shipped next day.
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I went ahead and got the Rigid Microdrain. I use it as the quick grab on lines 1 1/4-3 inch.

Since I just do drain cleaning; I end up using it everyday as an up-sell. Being able to see inside the line is the only way to know what your up against. It easily can go through toilet bends and p-traps.

Honestly I get this thing in some tight lines.. If its a tight drain; i just take the ball guide off and run it with no head protection. Its held up this whole time



If it broke tomorrow; I would probably have a new one shipped next day.

In your area are lavs and kitchen sink lines 1 1/2" ABS pipes? Do they have a lot 90s? How many bends before it can't go any further?

I wish I had a lot demand for it, some people ask me for a video for their kitchen lines but I don't know if they'll go for it if I charge an extra 100$ to 175$ to use it plus my time to use it.

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We have a lot of old galvanized or CI lines once your past the p-trap of the sink. Typically once im at the san-t the line will go down to the ground and you would have to deal with one 90; getting anything around galvanized 90's is going to be hit or miss. If your able to clean the line first you should be able to navigate a turn or 2 of those.

Just yesterday I had the camera in an 1 1/2 pvc sink line with 2 san-t's, 1-90 and 2- 45's. Had no problem navigating.
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Seems like it might be useful for finding buried stack c.o's or checking out laundry or kitchen stack lower ends with small c.os.. or sometimes a back to back y in certain circumstances could be useful for sure...

I know in my video I said different but now that I think of there could definitely be some useful purposes..

I've gotten lucky and usually get home owner to listen for the cable when I have no idea where its going and it ain't clearing but sometimes that's not plausible to do so I could definitely see it coming handy for locating especially... long horizontal runs in saggy sloppy abs
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