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Old 02-03-2013, 10:26 AM   #1
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Does anyone have info on buying a do it yourself sewer camera. I need to inspect about 50 ft of sewer pipe. I do not want to spend a lot of money for maybe a one-time event. Rental is also a possibility. Ebay has a cheap 45 ft one but I know nothing about their worth. These are $100 or so. Thanks

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I need to inspect about 50 ft of sewer pipe.
I do not want to spend a lot of money for maybe a one-time event.
Rental is also a possibility.
Not also. About the only practical approach.
Next best is hiring someone who owns the gear (and has experience using it).

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For $100, I don't think your going to get much......

I've wondered the same thing as well....I need to scope my sewer....but if you break down the costs.........

How much does a 75' snake cost?

How much does a decent video camera with light cost?

How much does the support electronics for something like this cost?

I have a hard time believing you buy one for $100 and it wont' break off and get stuck in your sewer the first time you use it.

Just spend the bucks and get a professional to do it.....in most cases they will also give you a copy of the video....

Ask around....if your flexible on schedule, you might be able to get it done when the plumber is not busy....

One thing to remember.....figure it will take him at least 30-45 min....not including travel time....also factor in what his equipment is worth....so I personally would not be upset if the price was $125-200.....

Which reminds me....I need to add that to my list......I've got some roots blockage at the street.....makes me wonder if I can get the county to fix it if the damage is past my sidewalk....
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Not also. About the only practical approach.
Next best is hiring someone who owns the gear (and has experience using it).
Thanks, I thought what I saw was an "el cheapo" that would not survive or work. Ralph
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For $100, I don't think your going to get much......

I've wondered the same thing as well....I need to scope my sewer....but if you break down the costs.........

How much does a 75' snake cost?

How much does a decent video camera with light cost?

How much does the support electronics for something like this cost?

I have a hard time believing you buy one for $100 and it wont' break off and get stuck in your sewer the first time you use it.

Just spend the bucks and get a professional to do it.....in most cases they will also give you a copy of the video....

Ask around....if your flexible on schedule, you might be able to get it done when the plumber is not busy....

One thing to remember.....figure it will take him at least 30-45 min....not including travel time....also factor in what his equipment is worth....so I personally would not be upset if the price was $125-200.....

Which reminds me....I need to add that to my list......I've got some roots blockage at the street.....makes me wonder if I can get the county to fix it if the damage is past my sidewalk....
Thanks for the reply I believe you and the other member are correct to steer me away from a bad solution. Ralph
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:42 PM   #6
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Compare this basic professional unit to what ebay is offering
http://www.mytana.com/catalog/?m=pro...ducts/cart.php
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You are best to hire a professional that will do the job, due to they are going to recognize things better, than you can, when they are running it down the pipe. From there, they can make the decision and give you a choice in the next step. Majority of the drain issues seen, is if there are trees in the yard, their roots will seek moisture, especially like last Summer, where plumbing companies saw more issues with roots, due to the drought across the nation.
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Compare this basic professional unit to what ebay is offering
http://www.mytana.com/catalog/?m=pro...ducts/cart.php
$6595 for the 'basic system'.......?

Yea....it's going to take a few drains to pay for that puppy.....

To me, $150/hr would be a bargain....
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$6595 for the 'basic system'.......?

Yea....it's going to take a few drains to pay for that puppy.....

To me, $150/hr would be a bargain....
You can defiantly get less expensive set ups. I was just making a comparison with a cheap $100 throw away Chinese product on ebay or harbor frieght.
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What good is seeing the problem if you don't know where its at ? hire someone to find the problem if you have one, trace the line and locate it with a locator.
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Greg is quite right. There are two parts to test equipment. The equipment and the person using the equipment. An inexperienced person using a sewer camera probably would not even know what they are looking at.

I use Infrared equipment on a regular basis for non destructive evaluation. Without my extensive knowledge of how roofs are put together The equipment would be worthless.

As far as cost goes, my IR camera cost $33,000.00

A decent sewer inspection camera probably costs $ 15,000.00 or so with accessories.

$100 dollars fills your gas tank, depending on your truck.

Needless to say, I would not even leave the house for $200.00
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I paid $350 for my plumber to run a camera - I wouldn't think that was too much rather than spending $K on fixing my interior plumbing without knowing what was in the line downstream.
He told me his equipment cost over $15K...
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Hey Professor, arent you the Doctor that told the lady with the solid clogged pipes to use an "Air Ram"? Remember, the one with all the answers and no pictures?
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Hey Professor, arent you the Doctor that told the lady with the solid clogged pipes to use an "Air Ram"? Remember, the one with all the answers and no pictures?
Yeah, I'm secretly a plastic surgeon hoping to get some business
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Hey Professor, arent you the Doctor that told the lady with the solid clogged pipes to use an "Air Ram"? Remember, the one with all the answers and no pictures?
Hey that was DIGI !!! was that a dude or a chick. his highlighting was driving me NUTS

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