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  • #16
    Re: there's gold in them there sewers

    no, just a mechanical hand operated claw. sort of like a big beach toy. or a big dog poop picker upper.

    rick.
    phoebe it is

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    • #17
      Re: there's gold in them there sewers

      Looking up the safety code on the tanker comes back Sodium hydroxide which is one of the main ingredients of Draino. No wonder the crew is covered in splash resistant clothing.

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      • #18
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        I remember about 6 yrs ago doing a blockage for a client and he was watching me clear the sewer, Back in the old days.... i was using my trusty k1500 , i ran the eel through the 6'' boundary trap with my retriever cutter and found a black ring.... he says give us a look at it, then goes inside and returns bout 10 min later, with his mother and sister. It was their grandmothers engagement ring which the daughter had dropped in the sink about 5 yrs earlier. Worth $10,000......... They were crying and hugging each other. Poor me......... had to give it to them. BUT they gave me a $1500 tip, and off i went.....

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        • #19
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          i retrieved a 1.2k diamond from a shower drain for a client. did not get to keep it. and no tip!

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          • #20
            Re: there's gold in them there sewers

            Originally posted by pressy View Post
            I remember about 6 yrs ago doing a blockage for a client and he was watching me clear the sewer, Back in the old days.... i was using my trusty k1500 , i ran the eel through the 6'' boundary trap with my retriever cutter and found a black ring.... he says give us a look at it, then goes inside and returns bout 10 min later, with his mother and sister. It was their grandmothers engagement ring which the daughter had dropped in the sink about 5 yrs earlier. Worth $10,000......... They were crying and hugging each other. Poor me......... had to give it to them. BUT they gave me a $1500 tip, and off i went.....
            the thing about jewelry is that it is marked up 1000%
            This ring you found is priceless to the family but if you took it to a jeweler they would probably quote you $300 to buy it, then turn around and sell it for $5k

            I had cleared a drain for a client a few months ago and then camera'd their line for free just because I was curiouos as to what was in the drain. I saw big chunks of
            cement and showed the owner (ended up being cement from construction workers that remodeled the house a few years prior). I told her I (my dads company) would have to dig
            and cut out the pipe which is about a $8k job (other companys would probably quote her $10k).

            She asked if I would do a trade for a 1.2 carat round cut diamond, white gold ring that is valued at $10-12k, it was a beautiful ring that was blinging and I gave it deep thought
            because my 10 year aniversary is coming up next year so I thought this was an opportunity of a lifetime.
            I took the ring and went to Macys to get it inspected by the specialists. He came back and told me the diamond is worth $300 and the band with all the little diamonds is worth $150.

            I said, "so you wouldnt buy this ring from me for more then $450?" he said, "correct!"
            then I asked..
            "well, what would you turn around and sell it on your shelf for?"
            he said, "$9,000"

            basically the ring was not worth $9000 or even 8000 in cash so i didnt do the trade and the homeowner didnt have the money.

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            • #21
              Re: there's gold in them there sewers

              [QUOTE=PLUMBER RICK;355771]
              Originally posted by bmitch00 View Post
              I think of what's in the sewers as black gold, but never actually found gold.
              What a lucky guy.
              Rick - What's your best find in the drain that you got to keep?[/QUOTE]

              didn't get to keep it, but it's my best find ever. all caught on tape.

              http://www.ridgidforum.com/forum/t12077/

              rick.
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              Rick the links no longer work

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              • #22
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                Kinda of a cool story, not sewer related by cool anyways.

                Growing up, one of my best friends brother headed up the Ski Patrol for Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe.

                Every late spring his brother and a couple of other patrollers would walk under the lift lines from top to bottom with Metal Detectors. They made bank with Diamond rings and gold watches annually. Could never figure out how these guys were living such a great life in Tahoe on a Patrollers Salary until they clued is in.

                Then they got even more ingenious and started swimming/ walking in wet suits, after the spring thaw, the Truckee River, even more bank. Now they were collecting from the majority of resorts.

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                • #23
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                  The link was to a camera job. An older guy called and said his wife dropped her ring in the toilet and it was a family heirloom. The ring was probably worth $40,000. It was full of rubies and diamonds and stones that had been in the family for years. It was big and heavy and the lady swapped fingers and it slid off. Rick was able to retrieve it.
                  I love my plumber

                  "My Hero"

                  Welcome, Phoebe Jacqueline!

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                  • #24
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                    That's pretty impressive. How exactly did he retrieve it?

                    I pulled out probably 300 tampons out of one of my first sewers.
                    That's about as exciting as it has gotten for me.

                    Is that weird that it makes me laugh when I pull out mounds of tampons?

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                    • #25
                      Re: there's gold in them there sewers

                      Back in the day at our dump site we had to shovel the grit and solids from the process into a wheel barrow for later disposal in a ditch (!). Once I found a simple gold band in there. Lots of times coins were found. Occasionally dollars.
                      www.ClinkscalesSeptic.com

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                      • #26
                        Re: there's gold in them there sewers

                        Anybody using debris or grit catchers when flushing manholes? How well do they work?

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