KT-190 or KT-200

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  1. kordts

    kordts In the Trades

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    I am going to buy a pipe thawer, does anyone like one model over the other?
     
  2. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    The 200 seems more versatile for the $$$.
     
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  4. Dunbar Plumbing

    Dunbar Plumbing Master Plumber

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    pics/links please.

    I turned down two calls today because I don't have the equipment. One was a 100 foot service,


    How does that work? Don't you have to connect at opposite ends to conduct electricity through the line? I would of had to have 100 foot leads EACH to get that guys service thawed....and even then I told him that even though he has a copper pigtail out of the meter and copper going through the wall, it could be plastic inbetween.

    I ended up doing two starting at 3pm. First was copper hot water system lines broke, the second was CPVC cracking the pipe and fittings at a hose bibb. My second time using a sharkbite coupler and it just seems too damn easy.

    I sure you plumbers know this.....but the temperature is going to rise through the night, at least in my area. I can hear the water dripping through the downspout outside my office so I know the temp is rising and my call volume is reflecting that greatly.

    Expect to get slammed with calls tomorrow because the rise in temperature will kick off a slew of broken water lines.

    I can only say that I'm prepared as best as possible....bucket of fittings and heading to get a few more sharkbites. I usually said no to any CPVC water line jobs but I've found Gold! in dem supply houses!
     
  5. kordts

    kordts In the Trades

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    Rugged,
    they make longer cables, but the stock cables are 25' long. If you have a long frozen pipe, you just start at the faucet and work back. But you can go 50 foot a pop, so you would only have to move the cables once. here's a link for ya.

    http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/KT190-KT200-Pipe-Thawers
     
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2007
  6. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    You can also get 100' leads which will give you an effective working range of 200'
     

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