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    I went out to a daycare for a plugged downspout drain. I figured leaves, sticks, etc.

    I get there and it's in a small play ground area and standing full of water. I'm setting up when I look up and see 2 basketballs laying on the gutter. Now I'm second guessing the leaves and sticks thinking.

    I thought the pipe underground would be six inch, so I started with my 1065. Poked it it about 3 ft and water goes down. Took a look with camera and found a now deflated rubber ball. I put my retriever on the 1065 and run it in. Try pulling the cable back and I'm hung up bad. I fart around for a half hour and finally get it out, totally deforming the retriever in the process.

    The drain is actually 4", so I grab the k60 and put a retriever on the 7/8". I push it in and follow it with the camera, pushing right to the ball. I turn the cable by hand trying to snag it, no luck. I pull out and file the hook sharp, try again, no luck. I pull out and bend the hook out a bit, try again, no luck. By now I'm out a touch over 30 ft and wondering wth I'm gonna do. I keep tweaking the end of my retriever and FINALLY get it to poke a hole in the ball and wind itself in. I never would have thought it would be as hard as it was.
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    Nice job calls like that are fun.
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    Them kind of balls are pretty thick...way to hang in there...can you say--- CHA-CHING!!!
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    Nice catch

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    Quote Originally Posted by AssTyme View Post
    Nice catch
    From what I can see, your retriever is not one that looks like a General Wire one, which might have worked somewhat better. Trying to snag something like that takes perseverance, because all the while it'll be moving further down the line until it gets hung up somewhere.

    Nice pix, by the way, but I can't see the kitchen sink. lol
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    nice work dude
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nayman View Post
    From what I can see, your retriever is not one that looks like a General Wire one, which might have worked somewhat better. Trying to snag something like that takes perseverance, because all the while it'll be moving further down the line until it gets hung up somewhere.

    Nice pix, by the way, but I can't see the kitchen sink. lol



    Yeah, I think a cone retriever would have snagged it sooner ???

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    Yeah it is a cone retriever. You can't see the cone shape cuz its inside the ball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colgar View Post
    Yeah it is a cone retriever. You can't see the cone shape cuz its inside the ball.
    My bad.
    I just saw the Eel-type set-up, and automatically ASSumed that it was the BS retriever for a 1 1/4 inch.
    I'm impressed with all the equipment you had out for that job, which is why I mentioned the kitchen sink. You got everything BUT near that drain.
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    looks like a drain cleaning yard sale around that downspout.

    good work on hanging tough.

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