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    I got a call today from a new customer. He tells me he has a sewer back up and to bring the camera and a jet. I ask why he thinks he needs those services and he states because he had a plumber there last week. Apparently the plumber couldn't clear it with a cable so he uses a jet to drop the stoppage. Now here we are a week later and the line is clogged again. I tell the customer not to worry, I'll get it done. Long story short it's a main line backed up out to the street. I'm snaking the line from the house trap with my 300 and I keep feeling like something's not right. I drop the stoppage and guess what I pull out?......approx 50' of jet hose. LMAO... I get a real kick out of these plumbers and there constant jetting every line. Turns out it was an appox 180' run and the line was full of grease. I put the 300 away and took the k-7500 off the truck. I ran a full blade with lots of running water and extra cable. I guarantee my snake job will last longer than that plumbers jet job. But what do I know, I'm only a drain guy
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    I don't get how guys leave hoses and cables in a line and walk away...
    I've pulled a few of each out of customers lines...

    The only time I've ever left a cable in a line was in a concrete pipe with the bottom rotted out and cutter went through the rotted out slot when I was retrieving it after clearing the line. We saw it stuck in there under the line with the camera, and I couldn't get the cutter to spin off which usually you can do with the C1 chuck I use, but this time I couldn't. Simply said, it was stuck good and wasn't coming out, the line needed replacement, and the customer didn't have the money to do it.... Doom on me...

    That's the only time I've left equipment in a line and it sucked!

    How did the hose get left?
    Did it break or, did a coupling come undone?
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    Not sure how it came off but it looks like it was either cut or burst in the line. If it was cut, they must of tucked excess hose into the sewer to cover their tracks.

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    Did you at least get a decent jet nozzle to add to the collection?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bridgeplumbing View Post
    Did you at least get a decent jet nozzle to add to the collection?

    LOL ...... Unfortunately no. It's a pretty shitty nozzle.

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    Here's my only "I left a cable in a drain"story-

    Old nursing home, 2" CI drain under floor plugged.

    I run in and she locks down right now. I mess aroumd for an hour- forward, reverse, etc. It's not coming back.

    Maintenance man walks in and I tell him what's going on and how the floor need to come up.

    He says "that's what bob from xyz plumbing said yesterday when he got stuck." Seems bob pulled his cable as hard as he could, cut it off and left it. It sprung back down in the drain so I couldn't see it.

    So now I'm pissed because the cork sorker knew it was bad and let me go at it. Then he tells me they don't have any money to fix it at this time. so I pull out a few feet of my 13/32 out of the drum, fold it over on itself, stomp on it ,give it a couple wiggles to finish breaking it off and grab my shit and head for the door.

    I ain't been back since.


    That's the only time I've left a job with getting my cable back. Leaving anything in a drain is bush league crap.

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    But did you get paid?

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    Nice work, sir
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