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  • Sewer tape to push camera?

    Have a few jobs for a complex coming up where I need to push my camera out to 100-150' in 3' and 4', all cast iron through quite a few bends. From experience, I know this will be taxing on my camera push rod. Am thinking of using a sewer tape to push the camera out.

    But I've never used a sewer tape, what thickness and width would be the best to push out 100'? Another option...electritions fiberglass pushrod? would they be flexible enough to go through 1/4 bends?
    Buy cheap, buy twice.

  • #2
    Re: Sewer tape to push camera?

    ben, i have a couple fiberglass push rods. up to 3/8'' diameter. that would be my choice.

    but with enough water flow, the camera should push and then you shut down/ lower the water flow and inspect on the pull back.

    your jetter with camera installed a couple feet forward of the jet/ root ranger will help push the camera. but i wouldn't opt for the jet as it will potentially blast waste back into the units toilets.

    you have the mini seesnake or full size?

    rick.
    phoebe it is

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    • #3
      Re: Sewer tape to push camera?

      mini. I was steering towards the sewer tape because of the cost. For some reason unknown to me, condux rods cost big money.

      Is the 3/8 flexible enough that it can goes through a santee on it's back or a 3" 1/4 bend?
      Last edited by gear junkie; 07-22-2012, 11:16 AM.
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      • #4
        Re: Sewer tape to push camera?

        Yea sewer tape is too ridgid (flat sewer tape) the duct rodders work great!
        Seattle Drain Service

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        • #5
          Re: Sewer tape to push camera?

          Duct rudders are great and they have more flexible leaders for your tough bends. If you get one get one that has a wire in it for tracing PVC.
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          • #6
            Re: Sewer tape to push camera?

            Here you go a jetter nozzle that you can clamp your camera to. http://www.eplsolutions.net/Jet_Sond...les/JetCam.pdf

            Jet Sonde Carriers

            Ron Hasil Lic #058-160417
            A-Archer Sewer & Plumbing specializing in:
            Tankless Water Heaters | Drain and Sewer Cleaning
            Sump and Ejector Pumps | Backflow RPZ Testing

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            • #7
              Re: Sewer tape to push camera?

              So the consenus is a duct rodder is the way to go? Cuda, a sewer tape is too stiff to go through a 1/4 bend? ron, I can't jet the line at all. Long story...just got back from a long job, don't want to tell the story right now. But does look like an awsome idea. gettint, thanks for wire trace idea. Does that change the stiffness required?
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              • #8
                Re: Sewer tape to push camera?

                I have pushed my full sized SeeSnake through 200' of 4" cast iron sewer with mutiple turns with out any issues. A flat sewer tape takes some practice and skill to use safely, I know lots of guys that have knocked out a few teeth. A good qualty flat tape in the right hands can easly go out 100' through mutiple bends.

                As for stiffining your current camera pushrod a duct cleaner is the way to go, tape it up every few feet and give it a good shove.
                Ron Hasil Lic #058-160417
                A-Archer Sewer & Plumbing specializing in:
                Tankless Water Heaters | Drain and Sewer Cleaning
                Sump and Ejector Pumps | Backflow RPZ Testing

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                • #9
                  Re: Sewer tape to push camera?

                  [QUOTE=SewerRatz;380457]Here you go a jetter nozzle that you can clamp your camera to. http://www.eplsolutions.net/Jet_Sond...les/JetCam.pdf

                  Jet Sonde Carriers

                  i have their 1/2'' 18gpm jet cam nozzle. i don't believe they make it for bens jetter at 3.5 gpm. plus it's not cheap. the nozzle, spring and camera adapter is approx $400.if i remember.

                  rick.
                  phoebe it is

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                  • #10
                    Re: Sewer tape to push camera?

                    I have a 3/8” fiberglass push rod and it works great. I tape it 3-4’ behind the camera head with electrical tape and push out
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                    www.appletondrainandsewer.com

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                    • #11
                      Re: Sewer tape to push camera?

                      Strap it to the back of your Root Ranger Nozzle!
                      Regards, Bill

                      The definition of Insanity: "Doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result."
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