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I can answer part of this. Once you finish your first drum you can hook another drum up. Also on the loosing it down the drain part I am sure you can but there is a torque arm that would make it pretty hard to loose down the drain. When you have hundreds of feet of cable out its not going to just suck into the drain. Am I right guys?
adding a second drum of 100' of cable is not what i use to do.
i would carry sections of 25' and 50' cables inside of a tire or plastic cable carrier. not only was this faster than adding a second drum, it also took up less space in the truck and is less expensive than a drum assy.
as far as dropping a cable in and having it go downstream. never happened and it would probably be difficult to happen on a 100' section. the cable is anchored to a anchor cable inside the drum and until you release it, it isn't going anywhere. unless you are snaking a line that is all vertiical down or a very steep angle, the cable just sits there.
i did have a sectional almost get away from me on a steep stoppage. as i cleared it, the russing water started to run with my cable like a shark on a fishing line. i guess it could have gotten away if i released the clutch handle.
How do you attach the 25 or 50' of cable to the drum? Unroll the extention cable, hook up to the pigtail, reel the cable in, attach the extention cable to the original cable and continue on your way? This is it?
"No" you wont lose the cable if you unhook it from the machine unless you are in a high-rise building and running down a stack. In a sewer main at ground level there`s is no way it will take off on ya. I run a K-7500 every day all day long and I do this every day when I need to add another 50 or 100` cable. I like Rick, keep my extra cable in a tire I bolted to a wall in my trailer. I keep 125` of 3/4 IC Cable on my machine. Make sure you put the 25` in first then the 100` cable
Although it's been quite a few years since I used it, my old General had 50' 3/4" cables and you had to attach the second cable to the first to get a hundred feet. I never did like the flat piece held in by a screw, and I did have it come loose once. I was rodding through a toilet. I went into the crawl space, and there was a cleanout plug at the end of the line. I opened it and there was the end of the cable. Whew!
I'm glad that only happened once.
I've never had the feeling that the cable was going to take off on its own when I unhooked it from the drum leader, but then, it was fifty footers, not short sections. Watching the Ridgid video for the K-60, I see they recommend that you loop the cable in the hole while you get the next section. Is that how you guys do it?
Was that addressed to me? The General's cables come in separate drums with 50' each. You unhook one cable, swap drums, tie the second cable to the first. You could add a third drum if you wanted, to get 150'.
#1 I use one or two pairs of vise grips, to hold cable from dropping down roof vent, or any other place i am worryed about cable takeing off while i am changing drums or adding cable, #2 for many years i ran a spartan 1065 with 125' of cable and 50-100' of backup in a tire or in a coil with a bunge to hold togeather,
#3 i also ran a spartan 300 mach. with 80' cable and a second backup drum with anthor 80' i could change them both out on a roof !
#4 i ran the 7500 with 125' cable and carried a second drum with anthor 125' i only changed drums a couple of times when running very long drains,
not very often but it could be done since i was charging, T & M. rates at the time
JERRYMAC MASTER DRAINMAN
CALIF. LIC. PLBG,HEAT,DRAINS,ELECTRIC,WATER HEATER, BOILER, POOL AND SPA HEATER
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SINCE JAN. 1989