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Old 02-06-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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I have talked with a plumber who suggested making a jetter from a pressure washer by adding a jetter line. This would seem to be a relatively simple project.

I do mainly new work and only occasionally need a jetter, I can buy a Sewer Jetter Kit with either a 1/4" or 3/8" ID Schieffer sewer hose. 4400 psi. Hoses come in 100' or 200' lengths. 1/4" would give me 2.5 GPM. 3/8" 3.5 GPM.

I can get a pressure washer hose reel to hold the hose.

I have a Ridgid 3200psi pressure washer and a smaller electric one.

Most drain lines are 2" - 4".

Any tips?
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Concerns I could address up front?
Would you suggest a 1/4" or 3/8" ID?

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I would say all you need other then the hose and reel would be nozzles.

http://www.amazingmachinery.com/splash-nozzles.html

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Old 02-07-2012, 09:48 AM   #3
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I would say all you need other then the hose and reel would be nozzles.

http://www.amazingmachinery.com/splash-nozzles.html

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Thank you, John. I will talk with them today.

Yesterday I had a good talk with Charlie, the Tech at http://www.watercannon.com/c-217-jetter-parts-accessories-drain-cleaner-equipment.aspx

He wanted to know about my pressure washer:

3300 PSI
3 GPM
CAT pump

What size lines I want to clean out?
2" - 4"

He recommended I get

1/4" hose of 130' length.
A ball valve to regulate flow.
A nozzle kit with
1. Laser head that has 3 jets back and one jet forward
2. Rotating head
3. Corner head
4. Ram head
A hose reel.

About $500 including shipping

The 1/4" hose will carry 2.5 to 3 GPM. Heads have different flow rates that need to be matched to pressure flow from pressure washer. Too small and can build up too much pressure. Too large and cleaning is compromised. The hose is pulled through the drain by the head that creates a jet action. A 1/4" hose will turn elbows in smaller diameter drains more easily than a 3/8" hose.

A ball valve is needed to control flow. This will do an easier job than having to hold the trigger on a pressure washer wand. Possibly a foot operated valve would be even better.

I was warned NOT to use quick connect fittings on the hose / nozzles that go INSIDE the drain as they can get disconnected. If you have two hoses connected together, this is especially important, as a hose disconnected inside a drain can be a problem to retrieve.

There are several good videos about using a pressure washer on youtube.
https://www.google.com/search?tbm=vid&hl=en&source=hp&biw=1111&bih=564&q= jetter+sewer&gbv=2&oq=jetter+sewer&aq=f&aqi=&aql=& gs_sm=s&gs_upl=2633l15608l0l18014l20l20l4l7l5l0l19 5l1290l2.7l9l0

I have also talked with http://priindustries.openfos.com/ who offered similar equipment for about $300. Water Cannon has a better web presence, but is a bit more money. The salesman with PRI was not very jetter tech savvy, but is putting me in touch with his tech today.

I will also follow John's suggestion for Amazing Machinery though a post on another forum was suggesting Water Cannon had better products. My concern is the quality of the hose in particular. I don't mind paying for a better hose, but how to know if certain equipment is better, or is a different vendor selling the same equipment at a higher price?
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just got a similar system. works great I have a little larger pressure washer running mine but its almost overkill. your system will work great. hose sure gets greasy though. a little messy.

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just got a similar system. works great I have a little larger pressure washer running mine but its almost overkill. your system will work great. hose sure gets greasy though. a little messy.
Do you clean the hose afterwards with the pressure washer and some liquid soap?
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We have a 24hp honda with a comet pump that we use as a jetter. It an also be used as a pressure washer. What we find VERY helpful while jetting is that we can turn a ball valve on the pump and the jetter will pulsate. For some reason the pulsating helps us to go further in the lines as well as cleans them better. Thought I'd share!

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Yeh the pulsating digs the jetter in deeper its a very nice feature that's what we have on our jetters but our psi is also much higher you may think over kill but grease is hard to get out we also have hot water feature.

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Yeh the pulsating digs the jetter in deeper its a very nice feature that's what we have on our jetters but our psi is also much higher you may think over kill but grease is hard to get out we also have hot water feature.

Ben Franklin Plumbing Of Alpine
304 Meadowlark Drive, Alpine, UT 84004
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All sounds good to me. If I were a full-feature plumber, I could justify the expense. This works well enough for me on the smaller jobs. Better than a snake.
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Hi,

I have rental property that has a 200ft 3" ABS main line to the sewer. I have a cleanout outside the house and another 80 ft out. As shown in the

, there are bellies in the main line 100ft from the house. This line backs up periodically and causes problems for the tenants. Every 4 months, I have the plumber come out to jet the line. I was wondering if I could do the same using the pressure washer to jetter conversion approach. Instead of waiting for the pipe to clog, I could jet it once a month as a preventative measure.

I was thinking of getting a gas pressure washer 3000 psi/2.5gpm from costco and a 100ft jetter kit. Do you think that this would be the right approach to solving my problem?
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The right approach would be to make the repairs to the line were it has settled. That would put an end to your problems. If one of my rentals had that problem, even though I have the jetter I wouldn't want to have to jet the line once a month. Jetting a line that long takes some time. It's not just a matter of sending the jetter down the line. You have to work it back and fourth at the proper time to remove the grease. That takes feel that only comes with experience.

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