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stufine 6,162 July 9, 2016 at 03:19 PM More Amazon Deals
Has anyone bought a Sewer Camera?

$200 to rent from HD

$225 cheapest guy I can find to come out.

$439 https://www.amazon.com/Anysun-100...wer+camera

$1299 (+100 shipping) http://www.sewerequipmentcompanyo...era-/c1zc5

I need to Camera 2 locations that have issues. I could "rent" it to other people I do work for since I would be the one operating it. I might even be able to get couple hundred bucks out of them for future use. That would partly kill the renting to them.

I can deduct this on my business taxes, but it's still a cost. No way I'm paying $6-8k for a Rigid.

I could drive to Nashville, TN. and check out one that's just like the 2nd link for same price.

Any Ideas?
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I guess it all depends on how much you realistically think you could get others to rent it from you and or how much use it would get. $1299 is a lot of money if it's only going to be used a few times. Seems like a pretty specialized tool.

As far as renting it or having someone else do it. I would probably pay someone to do that for the $25 difference and spend your time doing something else. Depends on how much your time is worth.
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Not something I really want to DIY... but could you do both locations in the time you'd have it for with the $200 rental option?
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Not something I really want to DIY... but could you do both locations in the time you'd have it for with the $200 rental option?
I could. This year there have been 3 camera runs at other peoples properties. I myself could use one on 3 properties. I fixed my issue, rocks in my outside clean-out. The other 2 properties, guessing broken line under basement and tree roots in the other.

The $439 option would be nice, IF it works..ie..good picture and able to push 60'.
I could also use it to figure out some heating duct issues which I'm guessing is separated duct work in a wall.

Now throw in 11 other properties that I have. An issue at another property and I'm at $450ish
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Do most of these options have some means of measuring distance in the pipe? I know the last time I had it done I got a dvd that showed distance in an osd.
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Do most of these options have some means of measuring distance in the pipe? I know the last time I had it done I got a dvd that showed distance in an osd.
extra cost

distance is measured out of the cage, it's a so so exact.

camera with transmitter and locator starts at $2500

I don't have anything that would be longer than 60'. If it's at the right-a-way then MSD takes over.

Now if the cheap option worked for me, I could camera all the buildings and have a record (saved to SDcard)
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I could. This year there have been 3 camera runs at other peoples properties. I myself could use one on 3 properties. I fixed my issue, rocks in my outside clean-out. The other 2 properties, guessing broken line under basement and tree roots in the other.

The $439 option would be nice, IF it works..ie..good picture and able to push 60'.
I could also use it to figure out some heating duct issues which I'm guessing is separated duct work in a wall.

Now throw in 11 other properties that I have. An issue at another property and I'm at $450ish
So if you know the problem, what does the camera do? To fix all those don't you have to basically dig up the pipe?
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So if you know the problem, what does the camera do? To fix all those don't you have to basically dig up the pipe?
It's all a guess
The camera will show where and come close to distance measurement even without OSD counter.

Is it a tree root or collapsed pipe

is it broke on a straight run and leaking back, or at the elbow.
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I've been in this position before. It became very clear to me that calling someone out to camera a pipe was the best idea. The actual need to camera a pipe is pretty rare.

It can make sense if you have a lot of properties with a lot of bad spots, but I still think you end up better most of the time calling a professional. You won't have to pay for equipment, store equipment, maintain equipment, or find a way to make it pay for itself.

I wouldn't recommend the $439 option just because it does not appear to be anywhere close to the quality and build of ones that have been used on my property.
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Put a small camera in a plastic bag & attach a string to it.
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Put a small camera in a plastic bag & attach a string to it.
I did the reverse camera on the end of a fish tape. Worked ok. I attached 2 bat.operated LED for light. This was at my house
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