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  • K 400 / Decent Homeowner machine?

    Hey everyone I'm new here. I have owned a K-40 sink machine for a while and have used it many times to unclog sink drains at my Apts. It works great for me. I now need something for light mainline 4" uncloging. I love the autofeed on my K-40 and the K-400 has a autofeed also but without the hose type attachment. I might use the new K-400 about 5 or 6 times a year. Is it a decent machine? Thanks

  • #2
    Re: K 400 / Decent Homeowner machine?

    it should be fine for you for regular stoppages.

    typical stoppages would be a 2'' clean out for a kitchen or laundry line.
    3'' for branch lines.
    4'' for paper stoppages/ soft stoppages.

    make sure you don't attempt to clear a root stoppage. if you hit roots, stop and call a pro or get a larger machine.

    keep your cable dry/ clean and well oiled.

    rick.
    phoebe it is

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    • #3
      Re: K 400 / Decent Homeowner machine?

      soft stoppages = maybe
      need more info? What type of pipes, how long of run? Where is your access point? What is your history with the drain have you been calling a drain cleaner for the main in the past and now you are thinking of doing it yourself?
      Seattle Drain Service

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      • #4
        Re: K 400 / Decent Homeowner machine?

        No roots. I would definitely call a pro for that. It's always soft stopages. I have been able to get to them with my small machine. Sometimes it's my 3" mainline that I have to clear. Length to stoppage is usually 20' or so. Last time I put a kink in the K-40 line. So I think it's time to get a bigger machine for the mainline easy to get to stuff. I have good access to this one particular once a year stoppage. Thats mainly why I want a bigger machine. Thanks for the input.

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        • #5
          Re: K 400 / Decent Homeowner machine?

          One more Question. Should I get 3/8" or 1/2" cable? I am getting the auto feed option. Thanks

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          • #6
            Re: K 400 / Decent Homeowner machine?

            i would start with 1/2''. it's your only real chance at getting 3-4'' stoppages.

            it will also do 2'' without traps.

            a 3/8'' x 75' spare cable is under $100.

            rick.
            phoebe it is

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            • #7
              Re: K 400 / Decent Homeowner machine?

              Rick has covered this pretty well, listen to what he has wrote, get the 1/2 based on what you have described and buy the 3/8 to use on smaller lines later. But never try to use this system on roots you will ruin your cable.
              Seattle Drain Service

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              • #8
                Re: K 400 / Decent Homeowner machine?

                Thanks for your advice guys. I ordered it with 1/2" cable. All my stoppages have been soft/ paper. I just got tired of paying the drain guy $100 to unclog a sink and $200+ for main line soft stoppages. Plus I love buying new tools. Thanks again.

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                • #9
                  Re: K 400 / Decent Homeowner machine?

                  Hope you find a big ROOT
                  I have found em with my 380

                  Signed
                  Just another drain guy
                  Last edited by All Clear Sewer; 10-14-2008, 02:45 PM.
                  http://www.all-clear-sewer.com/

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                  • #10
                    Re: K 400 / Decent Homeowner machine?

                    I hope not. That would be like hooking a big Thresher Shark when all I wanted was a nice Yellowtail for dinner.

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                    • #11
                      Re: K 400 / Decent Homeowner machine?

                      Originally posted by All Clear Sewer View Post
                      Hope you find a big ROOT
                      I have found em with my 380

                      Signed
                      Just another drain guy
                      Well Ridgid will sell a lot of cables then when people surf the net and see this and think they can achieve the same results. How about a warning here All Clear Like I have been doing this for a living and know when to stop to not hurt my equipment.

                      And why did you use the 380 anyway? Small crawlspace? A drain you have done before? A small downspout? Tell the whole story.
                      Last edited by Cuda; 10-15-2008, 11:43 AM.
                      Seattle Drain Service

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                      • #12
                        Re: K 400 / Decent Homeowner machine?

                        I was told by the HO it was just a soft stoppage (T/P) they never had a root problem. The HO came to the shop to pay the bill and say that those roots didn't come from their sewer. I explained that they did in fact come from their sewer as I`m not in the habit of bring my own roots with me and dumping them down peoples sewers on a Sunday. I advised them that the next time it stops up they might want to call someone else as I`m sure I`ll be to busy to play the debate game with em again.

                        The other reason was I did it from the W/C flange and there was no room in the bathroom so the 380 was all I could fit in the mess I had to work in. Being how it was only a T/P stoppage the 380 should have done the job but NO it was a root stoppage and I craped my pants when I say the root ball stuck in the 90 bend when I was pulling out. Took about 1/2 an hour to free it up and get it out.

                        warning
                        Do not try this if your a DIYer only a seasoned pro can make this work!

                        Is that better?
                        Last edited by All Clear Sewer; 10-15-2008, 01:20 PM.
                        http://www.all-clear-sewer.com/

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