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    So, I've got this new Micro Drain and I've been using it as much as I can just for fun. I'm thinking that I've been giving away something I could be making money one though. I can't charge the same as my regular Seesnake unless it's the only camera I can get into a line and I need to inspect/locate. Since it's great for toilets and I love running after an auger to ensure there's nothing in the trapway, what about raising my auger prices and being able to offer a legit guaranty? Maybe an extra $25 per auger? What do you think? Does anybody here charge for their's every time they use it?





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    I charge extra for every specialty tool that I have. I don't have a micro drain. I flush wads of paper 4 times. If its good I roll. If it is clogged and I don't feel anything...then if I had one it seems like an easy sale for a camera.
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    Paul, do a service package deal don't give them them option to choose the camera or not. on toilet augers if you do augers for lets say $100 do it for $125 and say includes free inspection
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnclogNH View Post
    Paul, do a service package deal don't give them them option to choose the camera or not. on toilet augers if you do augers for lets say $100 do it for $125 and say includes free inspection
    That is EXACTLY what I was asking but in a convoluted and more confusing way. I'm thinking about including it in every auger and raising my prices. That way I don't have to sell it every time and I can give a nice guaranty since I can see the whole trapway.







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    Quote Originally Posted by rocksteady View Post
    That is EXACTLY what I was asking but in a convoluted and more confusing way. I'm thinking about including it in every auger and raising my prices. That way I don't have to sell it every time and I can give a nice guaranty since I can see the whole trapway.







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    I don't usually charge for my microdrain I use it for more of an assurance tool or just to satisfy my need for WTH is going on.


    Came in handy several times on offset back to back sinks that were a PITA to get to drop.

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    Paul, what success rate are you having on getting all the way through toilets without the ball guides ? What is you procedure ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AssTyme View Post
    Paul, what success rate are you having on getting all the way through toilets without the ball guides ? What is you procedure ?
    I had some trouble on a commercial flush valve Kohler the other day. I ran it all the way through a Kohler Wellworth today and it was super easy. I just feed it in as far as I can by hand to make sure none of the metal touches any visible porcelain. Once the spring is all the way in the trap I was able to just push it through. I think I gave it a quarter turn at one point but it went all the way through and into the closet bend. On the earlier flush valve Kohler, I was spinning it around over and over and could just get it to where I could see the outlet but never made it past the flange.


    I'm hoping a guide ball will make it easier on the tough toilets.






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    Ridgid has or had a guide tube for the micro drain to aid in not putting you hands in the toilet.
    It was I think 1 inch pvc with a 1 inch pvc cross in the center two ends used to brace it against the bowl the top one to feed the camera head down and the other end in the bowl looked like a long sweep 90.
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    I have two micro drain inspectors that I have had for the last 5 years that I use at no charge with the thought "I was just looking". No location poss. Then in a four day period I broke the heads off of both of them. Do you know the cost of that 3' cable with a camera head on it cost? You can bet your azz I will add a charge when they are replaced.
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