Sewer Cameras from Amazon or Home Depot?

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  1. bombcar

    bombcar New Member

    Apr 3, 2018
    The local plumbers say it's "too hard" to maneuver their 300 lb machines into my basement, or never show up.

    I have Milwaukee's 100ft drum machine but a note on the wall says 118ft to the manhole. I have an additional drum on the way which will give me 150 ft reach (though Milwaukee doesn't recommend it) - but I want to see what's going on in there (roots, roots, and more roots I suspect, but I have an excavator to fix the foundation and want to know if I should replace the clay pipe at the same time).

    I found this camera from Amazon: (and various other obviously all direct from China equivalents) at about $550 shipped.

    Home Depot has something from a bit more of a brand name (FORBEST) for $700 shipped

    Since I'm not going to be doing this professionally going up to the Rigid or similar cameras at $3k+ don't seem worthwhile - has anyone had experience with either of those?

    With Home Depot I'd probably have a bit of a better chance taking it back if it's an absolute piece of #$%#$ ...
  2. Toronto Drain Services

    Toronto Drain Services New Member

    Mar 18, 2021
    From my experience Amazon tends to overcharge items, I guess for its convenience of delivering items under your door. Home Depot might be a better deal in terms of pricing. However, choosing a drain camera is a better idea by the brand. We are using rigid - it is top of the line.
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  4. PlumbNuts

    PlumbNuts SC Licensed Plumbing Contractor

    Feb 11, 2021
    Owner, Plumbing Repair Service
    Fort Mill,SC
    My camera has 200' on it and the monitor is in a seperate Pelican type case and both items weigh less than 50 pounds. they could easily be transported into your basement. I ordered it from a company in Texas.
    It serves my needs and didn't break the bank.
    I will get the name and add it later on after I go out to the shop.
  5. Weekend Handyman

    Weekend Handyman Member

    Nov 30, 2020
    Nova Scotia
    If you have a problem with whatever you choose, you will have a lot better luck dealing with HD.
  6. Reach4

    Reach4 Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2013
    At a minimum, install an outside cleanout.

    Most clay pipe, in the presence of trees, will fail. Replace with PVC as far as you can easily-enough.

    If your sewers ever back up with other people's waste or flood waters, installing overhead sewers is the best. Rather than running piped under the basement ceiling, run around the house, and join in the yard.
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2021
  7. Matticus

    Matticus New Member

    Canandaigua, NY
    I've got a Rigid and two Envirosights. I really like the Envirosights but you won't get one with a locator for under $10k. Also, if you have clay pipe, just get the pipe lined! Clay is my absolute favorite pipe to line. It turns out so nice.

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