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  • Diy using 1/2" drill running 7/8" sectional cable

    Where i work selling cables and cutters,
    i have been getting calls lately from diy home owners who have had a plumber
    out to snake their main sewer using the "plumber rick" special a 1/2" drill
    running sectional cable now they want to know if they can buy the same setup
    and do their own drains with out any experience ?
    What do you professionals thank about this ?
    Give me some feed back i have over 35 years experience running all kinds of drum
    machines and yet i would thank twice about using this way !
    JERRYMAC
    E-MAILJERRYMAC777@GMAIL.COM
    CALIF. LIC. PLBG,HEAT,DRAINS,ELECTRIC,WATER HEATER, BOILER, POOL AND SPA HEATER
    FIRE SPRINKLER CONTRACTOR,
    SINCE JAN. 1989

  • #2
    Re: Diy using 1/2" drill running 7/8" sectional cable

    Originally posted by JERRYMAC View Post
    Where i work selling cables and cutters,
    i have been getting calls lately from diy home owners who have had a plumber
    out to snake their main sewer using the "plumber rick" special a 1/2" drill
    running sectional cable now they want to know if they can buy the same setup
    and do their own drains with out any experience ?
    What do you professionals thank about this ?
    Give me some feed back i have over 35 years experience running all kinds of drum
    machines and yet i would thank twice about using this way !
    I don't think you or Trojan could afford the associated lawsuits.

    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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    • #3
      Re: Diy using 1/2" drill running 7/8" sectional cable

      here's the issue. it's not safe

      even plumber rick doesn't use the 7/8'' x 15' sectional with the drill/ timberwolf.

      the 7/8'' is not the issue. it's the 15' of flopping cable with no choice of shorter sections when you hit the roots. you'll turn the 7/8'' into a pretzel if you're lucky or a choke collar if you're not

      not to mention the ones that do use the drill setup, have years of experience and feel for this kind of work.

      eventually when ridgid comes up with a 7/8'' x 10' or a 7.5' and a 4' section along with some innercore to match, then i'll man up and use the drill. just don't hold your breath that will be anytime soon.

      hopefully, i'm not named in the pending lawsuit when people don't listen to advise.

      rick.
      phoebe it is

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      • #4
        Re: Diy using 1/2" drill running 7/8" sectional cable

        Rick is correct. I saw a plumber using this technique once and the blowback from the cable was awesome. He hit something with several feet of cable exposed and it went flying. I'll stick to my drum machine....................

        David

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        • #5
          Re: Diy using 1/2" drill running 7/8" sectional cable

          I run both 1.25" or 7/8" Electric Eel cable with my drill. It's not as dangerous as it sounds, but I have the experience to know what I'm doing, the homeowner doesn't and I could see it heading south for them real quick if they don't pay attention to what there doing.
          Will Rogers Plumbing
          Moore, Oklahoma
          (
          405) 323-2852

          "Your Solution for Any Sewer and Drain Cleaning Needs"

          "We Unclog Drains That Others Can't"



          www.willrogersplumbing.com
          http://willrogersplumbing.com/?page_id=8

          "Oklahoma's Favorite Plumbers!"

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          • #6
            Re: Diy using 1/2" drill running 7/8" sectional cable

            Ever use sections in a Drum ?

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            • #7
              Re: Diy using 1/2" drill running 7/8" sectional cable

              Originally posted by NoeEttica View Post
              Ever use sections in a Drum ?
              Yes I run 75' of 5/8" Electric Eel sectional in my Electric Eel Model N.
              Will Rogers Plumbing
              Moore, Oklahoma
              (
              405) 323-2852

              "Your Solution for Any Sewer and Drain Cleaning Needs"

              "We Unclog Drains That Others Can't"



              www.willrogersplumbing.com
              http://willrogersplumbing.com/?page_id=8

              "Oklahoma's Favorite Plumbers!"

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              • #8
                Re: Diy using 1/2" drill running 7/8" sectional cable

                Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
                here's the issue. it's not safe

                even plumber rick doesn't use the 7/8'' x 15' sectional with the drill/ timberwolf.

                the 7/8'' is not the issue. it's the 15' of flopping cable with no choice of shorter sections when you hit the roots. you'll turn the 7/8'' into a pretzel if you're lucky or a choke collar if you're not

                not to mention the ones that do use the drill setup, have years of experience and feel for this kind of work.

                eventually when ridgid comes up with a 7/8'' x 10' or a 7.5' and a 4' section along with some innercore to match, then i'll man up and use the drill. just don't hold your breath that will be anytime soon.

                hopefully, i'm not named in the pending lawsuit when people don't listen to advise.

                rick.


                What's wrong with running the Eel J cable ?

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                • #9
                  Re: Diy using 1/2" drill running 7/8" sectional cable

                  6' sections would be a nice choice for indoor work. easy to control and keep off the ground.

                  what's the going price per section?

                  rick.
                  phoebe it is

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                  • #10
                    Re: Diy using 1/2" drill running 7/8" sectional cable

                    I haven't bought a section of J-Cable in probably over a year. Maybe $30-$35 per section.
                    Will Rogers Plumbing
                    Moore, Oklahoma
                    (
                    405) 323-2852

                    "Your Solution for Any Sewer and Drain Cleaning Needs"

                    "We Unclog Drains That Others Can't"



                    www.willrogersplumbing.com
                    http://willrogersplumbing.com/?page_id=8

                    "Oklahoma's Favorite Plumbers!"

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