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    What is the smallest diameter copper and galvanized pipe and length, see snake will operate effectively? What is the smallest diameter 90 and 45 degree elbow it will effectively turn.

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    Different SeeSnake systems are rated for different pipe diameters.

    Our Standard system comes in B&W, Color and Color Self-Leveling. These camera heads have a diameter of 1.365" and are expected to travel through 2" 90's and 3" P-traps.

    Our mini B&W has a 0.99" head and is rated for 1-1/4" 90's and 2" P-traps. Our mini Color has a 1.2" head and is rated for 1-1/2" 90's and 2" P-traps.

    Note, if you are having dificulty negotiating bends, scale buildup and debris will affect the ability of the camera to push through any bend. Cleaning the P-trap first will improve the pushability of the camera.

    As for the length a camera can be pushed, that varies with conditions. However a clean pipe will allow the camera head to be pushed further. Running water down the pipe will also allow for the camera to be pushed further.
    Mark F. Fleming<br />Product Manager<br />RIDGID/Kollmann

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    • #3
      Our application is 35 year old galvanized hot and cold water supply lines in an 18 story office building that will be sand blasted and lined with epoxy. How far down the pipe will we be able to go with the different size heads.

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      • #4
        There are too many variables to say definitively that your camera will always push a given distance. It will always depend upon the condition of the line, how many bends are in the line and the grade of the line. Running water will always increase the distance.

        The best advice I can give is to request a demo and test out our cameras in your given situation. If you would like a demonstration, I would be happy to set one up for you. I can be emailed at mfleming at ridgid dot com. Insert the @ and '.' where appropriate.
        Mark F. Fleming<br />Product Manager<br />RIDGID/Kollmann

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        • #5
          WHAT THE KEY WORD HERE IS GALVANIZED WATER PIPING. THE CAMERA WILL STILL TAKE A GOOD PICTURE, BUT LOCATION WILL BE DIFFICULT IN STEEL PIPE. ALSO YOU WILL NOT GET AROUND ANY 90'S AND WILL CUT THE CABLE ON 45'S. THESE FITTINGS WERE NOT DESIGNED TO SNAKE / OR CAMERA. ELECTRICAL SWEEPS ARE A GOOD EXAMPLE TO THIS FACT. THEY CAN PULL WIRES THROUGH THESE 90'S. NOT THROUGH PLUMBING , WATER 90'S. DON'T RISK IT. LET THEM DEMO WITH THEIR OWN FACTORY REP CAMERA.

          [ 12-20-2004, 03:10 AM: Message edited by: PLUMBER RICK ]

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