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    i know it's been posted before but i'll re post it with a different angle.

    had a long time customer call me sunday evening with a main line stoppage. last time they had a main line was 15 years ago

    they have a home warranty contract with a $45. deductible.

    i told them to call the warranty co. as there is nothing i can do for $45.

    of course i knew they won't touch it without a cleanout and anything outside the house.

    they called me back to do the job

    so onto the roof i go. 3'' roof vent 50' to the stoppage. pulled back roots with the 7/8'' cable and 3'' sawtooth cutter.

    suggest to install an outside ground level c/o for the future as the roots were pretty healthy.

    so between recreating the stoppage. going up to the roof with my k-60, 90' of cable, snaking and putting everything back into my truck. writing the invoice, i was still done in under an hour.

    try that inside a house with carpeted bathrooms and pulling a toilet

    k-60, bring it on roots

    rick.



    3'' toilet vent under the sheet metal double wye cap



    k-60, 90' of 7/8'' cable, 3'' spiral saw, and 1979 circa little giant ladder.



    so i couldn't get the owner to go on the roof, but she did get my catch of the day. and at 8:15 it was still hot.
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    Last edited by PLUMBER RICK; 07-27-2009, 10:15 PM.
    phoebe it is

  • #2
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    I bet you could not wait to take pictures!!

    The Root saw is an awesome cutter!

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    • #3
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      Rick!!!!

      Awesome man !!

      They need to make a:

      "Plumber Rick RIDGID Tool Calender"



      ~Joseph

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      • #4
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        a few more from today.

        flat roof 1930's house with 4'' roof vent. 75' of 7/8'' with 3'' saw.

        rick.




        normally i would extend the ladder past the roof line, but with tile roof, i don't want to crack the tile.




        look joey, no hands.



        another hot one today. only a 75' run and done in 20 minutes.
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        Last edited by PLUMBER RICK; 07-28-2009, 07:53 PM.
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        • #5
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          Oh cool, and dam !!!! 20 minutes !!

          Now thats fast, does that include climbing the ladder

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            • #7
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              What do you do if you find roots in the main? I can't tell from the pic, but if that's a 3" vent and the main is 4"....?

              Can that cable handle bits that you have to squeeze into the pipe? I'm just curious because I've never used a sectional machine or one with that open cable.

              I wish I could clear a drain in 20 minutes! I suppose I could but once you include the set up time and having to drag a drum machine in and out of the basement in two pieces it takes a while longer.

              edit - I clicked on one of the pictures from the forum start page and ended up here and didn't realize I was performing thread necromancy along with skipping the first few posts!
              Last edited by Mr. Ooter; 11-01-2009, 06:52 PM. Reason: oops

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              • #8
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                the sectional will funnel the roots up into the open wind of the cable and remove them. you typically don't bring back such a root ball that you get stuck.

                the same could be said for 95% of my main line cleanings. we typically have a 4'' c/o max and always have a 6'' main from the sidewalk to the city saddle. there's only been 2 sewers that i've ever been stuck in that i couldn't get back out.

                rick.
                phoebe it is

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                • #9
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                  "and 1979 circa little giant ladder."

                  I'm glad I know how long my little giant ladder is going to last.....

                  Great ladder, isn't it?
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                  Robert

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by westcoastplumber View Post
                    "and 1979 circa little giant ladder."

                    I'm glad I know how long my little giant ladder is going to last.....

                    Great ladder, isn't it?

                    My oldest Little Giant ladder is even older than that. Had I been on a Little Giant ladder instead of he HD one I was on I would have saved myself the last 5-years of surgeries.

                    Mark
                    "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

                    I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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                    • #11
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                      more roof top k-60 action.

                      this is from last sundays emergency call at a triplex. i left joey at our local hardware store to help out while i left to go bail out a customer who had a mainline stoppage.

                      tub was full and no way was i going to pull the toilet

                      so off to the roof and 4'' vent.

                      hit the stoppage at 77' and continued to run it to 90'.

                      pulled out roots and wipes

                      i was back at the store before joey even knew i was gone

                      i've said it a hundred or more times. if you don't own a k-60, you'll never know what you're missing.

                      the k-60 is the most universal, useful drain cleaning machine in the whole entire lineup. i've used them all and my go to machine is the k-60

                      rick.



                      old school 4'' roof vent/ stack.



                      roots and wipes.



                      90' of cable and the k-60. no gloves, no love



                      my brand new 22' little giant first job



                      even the sprinter was a tight fit between the cars, yet i was able to get the k-60 and cable out the back door between the cars. no loading ramps, lift or winch needed.
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                      Last edited by PLUMBER RICK; 01-16-2010, 03:05 AM.
                      phoebe it is

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                      • #12
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                        Great pics..........who is your camera man??


                        What cutter did you use?

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                        • #13
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                          Good job on the update and nice to see a new ladder.

                          Mark
                          "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

                          I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by jhplumbing View Post
                            Great pics..........who is your camera man??


                            What cutter did you use?
                            my cutter of choice is always the spiral root saw. tyically al i run into are roots or wipes.

                            if it's a kitchen line or laundry line, i'll run the 4 blade cutter as it does a great job of scraping the walls or grease , soap and lint.

                            if i'm in the photo from more than arms lenght, then it's the homeowner with my camera.

                            othewise it's me taking the shots

                            rick.
                            phoebe it is

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                            • #15
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                              and if they take his picture they get $10 off the bill
                              Charlie

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