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  • Catching Mice on the Roof.

    Mainline stoppage in a poorly constructed home. No cleanout access anywhere, no basement. Toilet and bathtub full of sewage. Climbed on up on the roof with the K-60 Impressionator and went out 150 feet from the main vent.
    Pulled back hordes of "tiny white mice." Nasty little buggers. I usually never go on roofs, especially being used to rely on a drum machine for years. It was actually not bad at all. I think I'd much rather go on a roof rather than ever pull a nasty sewage-filled toilet ever again.
    Last edited by Service Guy; 09-08-2008, 02:49 PM.
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    Re: Catching Mice on the Roof.

    ON my first roof job with the K60 those sections kept flying around trying to rip off the 3tab thats when I started using a stick of abs and my ridgid radio to keep it straight. I didnt buy a guide hose cuz Rick said he never used one.
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    • #3
      Re: Catching Mice on the Roof.

      I always use the rear guide hose, it makes the job easier and safer.
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      • #4
        Re: Catching Mice on the Roof.

        nice catch carl keep up the good work, you are the pied piper of plumbing!!!!

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        • #5
          Re: Catching Mice on the Roof.

          I rarely use a guide hose on the roof. Makes the job go much quicker.
          Buy cheap, buy twice.

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          • #6
            Re: Catching Mice on the Roof.

            You know what make the job go quicker for me?....

            NOT getting on the roof

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            • #7
              Re: Catching Mice on the Roof.

              So ya gonna paint three mice heads on the door of your truck now?
              2 more and you'll be an Ace.
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              • #8
                Re: Catching Mice on the Roof.

                Originally posted by plumberscrack View Post
                You know what make the job go quicker for me?....

                NOT getting on the roof
                So, how would you have cleaned the line? There was no other access. The toilet was nasty and run back-to-back. The roof was THE ONLY option.
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                • #9
                  Re: Catching Mice on the Roof.

                  Originally posted by Bob D. View Post
                  So ya gonna paint three mice heads on the door of your truck now?
                  2 more and you'll be an Ace.
                  There was a whole box of white mice (tampons) down there. Most of them got shredded, 4 came back whole tail and all...
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                  • #10
                    Re: Catching Mice on the Roof.

                    For nasty toilets I have a nasty shop vac

                    I agree, back to backs are deal killers in that situation

                    I just hate that first step off the ladder onto the roof when you are carrying something heavy. Coming back off is even worst. Good thing it wasn't high or steep.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Catching Mice on the Roof.

                      I have pulled plenty of toilets for access, especially using a heavy drum machine at my old company where the roof was NOT an option. I absolutely HATE to pull toilets for drain-cleaning. The roof was way easier, but if it was a steep pitch, I wouldn't risk it.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Catching Mice on the Roof.

                        Good work. Faster and cleaner than pulling the w/c. A question about sectionals or maybe draincleaning in general.

                        I know the goal is to clear the drain. But in doing so, is the goal to pull back obstructions or cut obstructions and let them flow down the line? What's more efficient?

                        J.C.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Catching Mice on the Roof.

                          I prefer to remove the offending object, if its roots or something else that shouldn't be in there. If its just a build-up of paper or grease then it gets broken up and flows away.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Catching Mice on the Roof.

                            Wise words



                            That was that guy's last words on this forum, and I've heard he was well respected on this site.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Catching Mice on the Roof.

                              Originally posted by Service Guy View Post
                              There was a whole box of white mice (tampons) down there. Most of them got shredded, 4 came back whole tail and all...
                              Yeah, my attempt at humor has bombed again.
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