Finished basement with ball under boiler and water heater.
What a vac truck cost? Never needed one before. They on an hourly rate?
Thanks for all the quick replys
The vac company may do hourly or give you a flat rate price. Check with enviromental companies in you area, a septic truck may not work that well since they are setup to move liquid compared to air.
I'd weld a wood screw to something to keep it off the bottom of the pipe while the cable spins. it should screw it's self into the ball.
Looks like a lid to a baby food jar down there also. There's no guarantee with the vac truck. I'd opt for the bust out.
bill, here's the problem. you have a trap and a vent and a wye.
unless you can get a vac hose past the trap and vent, it's not going to suck your ball:D
you can try capping the proper vent and not have to get past the trap.
personally i would use a k-50 with 5/8'' cable and get a female coupler from a blade holder. attach a threaded rod coupler to the front coupler stud. make sure to use a lock washer. either weld a sharp coarse sheet metal screw/ drywall screw or purchase the proper hanger bolt. 1/2 machine screw, 1/2 lag bolt.
have micro drain and k-50 in line and play with it. go slow on the clutch and start to bite it.
i'll show joey the set up if you can wait a month;)
who knows, you might be lord of the balls:D
but i'm still lord of the rings;)
does the owner have another ball to test with?
if it's solid, it will be hard. hollow air filled will be easier to bite.
also bleach will soften most rubber. think of the burn out pits at the race track. it's glorified bleach in the box.
I say bust the floor out right before the boiler/water heater.
This "should" get you past the tee-wye connection and since these people think their sewer line is a garbage can,
You'll have access for the next time, as there will be a next time.
This is a stellar example of why a cleanout is needed for the piping arrangement.
Bottom line all these ideas are time killers and they might work, but the busting the floor and cleanout idea prepares for the next time.