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    Lightbulb Homemade Inspection Camera?

    I always see guys talking about building there own jetters etc.

    Do think think its possible to build your own inspection camera?

    I mean with today's technology you might be able to right?

    What do ya think?

    Can you buy the camera eye somewhere?

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    I think it's possible.
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    I'm sure you could do it. I don't know what you'd end up with though. I can't imagine you could make anything decent for under $1500 but who knows. Some of the cheap, no-name cameras probably cost less to buy than it would cost you to build them. Thanks China.






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    Good point, it probably would be double the price if you built it yourself

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    I was actualy thinking about this same thing this morning. Going to do some numbers and see what I can build for about 1k
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    I sold my GEN-EYE ( it was gonna cost 2500 to repair it so I sold it for 2500) )and have really missed it .Now I have POS by southcoast equip.I saw it on e-bay and got it for 750.00 I cussed it from day 1 ,a few weeks ago my son looked at it and went to radio shack and got a part for less than 5 bucks(a dial that adjusted the picture) ,showed me how to work the small portable tv that came with it , then hooked it up to my laptop,! what a difference! Now all I need is a small reel(like a hose pipe reel) for the push rod(it has a heavy duty plastic or cloth zippered bag(carrying case) to stuff the camera and push rod in ) its 110 ft compared to 300 ft on my GEN- EYE but no more that I use it I am not brooding like I was !! But IMHO southcoast is still a POS .I almost feel like I am building one, just not from scratch ,the way it is now ,I get sharp crisp pictures and the vcr makes good tapes ,NEXT I am going to get my son to figure out a way to make dvd recordings . My son( says) he can replace any part of this one, trying to get general's parts was like pulling teeth )

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    I have one of those POS Southcoast Equipment cameras This thing is a toy and will push 50' if I'm lucky. The TV it came with broke. this is my second Camera from SEC the first broke on the first job.
    For the money and warrantee Easycam has been great you can use laptops, TV's video goggles to view and record on anything. If your just viewing sewers not much recording Easycam all the way pushes all 200'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by laidback View Post
    I sold my GEN-EYE ( it was gonna cost 2500 to repair it so I sold it for 2500) )and have really missed it .Now I have POS by southcoast equip.I saw it on e-bay and got it for 750.00 I cussed it from day 1 ,a few weeks ago my son looked at it and went to radio shack and got a part for less than 5 bucks(a dial that adjusted the picture) ,showed me how to work the small portable tv that came with it , then hooked it up to my laptop,! what a difference! Now all I need is a small reel(like a hose pipe reel) for the push rod(it has a heavy duty plastic or cloth zippered bag(carrying case) to stuff the camera and push rod in ) its 110 ft compared to 300 ft on my GEN- EYE but no more that I use it I am not brooding like I was !! But IMHO southcoast is still a POS .I almost feel like I am building one, just not from scratch ,the way it is now ,I get sharp crisp pictures and the vcr makes good tapes ,NEXT I am going to get my son to figure out a way to make dvd recordings . My son( says) he can replace any part of this one, trying to get general's parts was like pulling teeth )

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    I did make a one a while back. ok I took an underwater cheep harbor freight camera. I cut the camera head apart and made and aluminum housing and salad it as good as I could. I fishtaped 100’ of wire into ˝ pex. It worked for about 4 weeks before it started to leak. And it pushed like SH!#. all in all I would day you can but to make a good one where it will last I will say you cant for the money you can buy a good one for “SEESNAK”

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    Default New Idea Maybe

    I know I'm rezzing a long dead thread, but I had to register here to ask anyway because you guys all seem so helpful. Has anyone ever thought of using FostaPex as a push tube system for a DIY Sewer Cam? I've been messing around with a ebay backup camera that I have mounted in a bending spring and I'm just trying to figure out a good system for pushing it down a pipe. I'm just not sure if FostaPex which is Pex-Al-Pex will work or not. Sorry for kicking a dead horse.

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