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>fell into a floor vent under the dash. I tried sticking my arms in there but my wrists didn't like the angle.
Fiber optic cameras are pretty cheap on Amazon. I bought this one.
Get one of these so you can see what is potentially blocking your path:
DEPSTECH Wireless Endoscope
You can get endoscopic cameras cheap on Amazon. You'd only need to drill a 3/8" hole to view each stud bay.
I have this one, and it's fine. About the quality you'd expect for a $35 camera (low quality).
> I would very much like to avoid having to rip open the walls to get a look at a pipes as that will most likely be costly.
It's probably normal. And usually in a complex the HOA is responsible for in-wall leaks anyway. But if it's really bothering you, you can just cut some holes in drywall and have a look, or get one of those cheap borescope cameras and poke around a bit.
You can get something like this to see what's inside the wall through the hole you made to verify if you are hitting an obstruction or something.
A couple thoughts
Buy this and have a look. I have this exact model and it works great.
I just got this one from amazon. I haven't really used it yet, but so far the video quality is good. It came with a few attachments. Id recommend it.
I had the Ryobi phone works scope and it was terrible. I returned two of them to Home Depot because they just truly didn't work. The wifi didn't work, the picture quality was marginal.
This reminds me of the borescopes on Amazon for iPhones or tablets that could probably do the same thing with a modified Laryngoscope to hold the wire.
I'd watch the hole (from a safe distance) and have someone else start the engine. You'll actually see the debris fly out like in Scotty's video. After a moment you'll stop seeing debris, that will be your cue. If it's going to come out it will within 10-15 cycles or so. You could use a borescope (check Amazon) and inspect. If you have a small shopvac you may be able to vacuum the hole, or use the vacuum with compressed air to get as much out as possible first.
these cameras will save your sanity when fishing wires:
straighten a coat hanger, tape the camera to one end, and put it in the wall.
I had the same issue, found the little notch on the horizontal board in no time.
You can buy a $30 led inspection camera from amazon, you’ll need to confirm if you have a p trap under the floor, you could also hand dig out around that hole, but it won’t tell you about the pipe on the right
You’ll need a 3” line in the floor for your toilet drain and a 1-1/2”-2” line for a sink drain
If you happen to get lucky and have 2” on the right, you could actually put a shower in!
A camera like this:
If you hunt around you can find rough in dimensions for a toilet and sink, that will let you know if the contractors tape measure was working that day.
When I suspected mold in the wall between my bathroom and my bedroom, I bought this scope and it worked great. Drilled a hole in the wall, stuck it in and saw the spore party taking place inside the wall space.
My biggest concern with your post is that the outlets aren't working. That seems super sketchy.
DEPSTECH Wireless Endoscope, IP67 Waterproof WiFi Borescope Inspection 2.0 Megapixels HD Snake Camera for Android and iOS Smartphone, iPhone, Samsung, Tablet -Black(11.5FT) [link]
If you want to know what's inside it without demoing it, get something like this and bore a small hole in it. It could just be decorative resting on the floor, or it could be hiding a metal support inside it.
Perhaps something like this …
… would give you chance to see whether or not you really have an issue with duct leakage before you set about that course of action. Have something similar have found it to be invaluable for all sorts of situations.
DEPSTECH Wireless Endoscope, IP67 Waterproof WiFi Borescope Inspection 2.0 Megapixels HD Snake Camera for Android and iOS Smartphone, iPhone, Samsung, [link]
It’s so cheap and worth every penny! Hope you are able to mitigate the mold easily!
You could try this, it comes with a hook attachment and I use mine for retrieving things from time to time: DEPSTECH Wireless Endoscope, IP67 Waterproof WiFi Borescope Inspection 2.0 Megapixels HD Snake Camera for Android and iOS Smartphone, iPhone, Samsung, Tablet -Black(11.5FT) [link]
Ive never had your particular problem, but worth a try I think. You could also just unbolt the seat, get the key out, and put it back on. I haven’t done it in an RRS, but i cant imagine it’s too bad if all you are doing is shifting the seat, rather than actually removing it.
Suggest also getting a small wireless endoscope camera like this one
Useful for not only checking the barrel but lots of other tight corners around the house.
Definitely don't need to pay for an engineer. Seconding the advice to cut a small hole and see what's there. Patching drywall is not hard.
Consider getting a small camera for checking out what is in the walls.
My dad had an older version he bought at Harbor Freight (I believe) but we just bought this one yesterday: [link]
The small hole needed for this will be super easy to patch (if it turns out there is anything inside).
Also live in Texas (Austin area) and based on the age of the house I guess there's nothing important in there. You would likely have access panels if there was. Maybe a pipe, which could easily be boxed in and hidden by the new mudroom storage.
Consider running a wire and putting an outlet by a shelf, so you can charge phones and such.
Enjoy your new home!
This could help you know where the cable goes with having to cut a bigger hole.
That being said, looks like its just dry wall. I'd probably just cut sightly bigger hole around the dry wall the try and figure more where it comes from. a hole of that size shouldn't be to to hard to patch after, especially since there is a stud in the center of the hole
The best way to look behind the panel is to remove one. You could also consider an endoscope camera though you'd still need to move a panel enough to get access.
I am no expert but based on what you said I would be surprised if mold has already started to grow. That usually takes days or weeks. Unless water has been getting in there more than you are currently aware.
Too bad you didn't peak around behind there with a mirror while everything was down. :(
Anyway, there absolutely have to be cripple studs behind there maybe just not on 16" centers.
This camera snake was $35 on Amazon - [link]
I bought it to scope a plumbing issue. Worked fine (but very difficult to use in a drain pipe I learned). You pair it to your phone to watch the video.
Those are accessories that go with a USB connected borescope like this one: [link]
Try an endoscope camera: [[link]]
I've been using this one for a while. For the price the picture quality and light are excellent.
I don't mean to discourage you. Again I'm not entirely sure what your application for this is, But I think it is doable. It's just going to take a little bit more engineering to figure it out than you originally thought.
Keep at it.
Edit, I just thought of something. A Cheap endoscope might work, [link]
Look up "scoping the change key hole" for more
The important information is on page 61 and 62.
I have done this. Took me 4 hours. Drill a small hole for a scope below where you think the bottom of the locking door ends with a couple inches to spare, maybe 5" below the top of the door. Preferably in an inconspicuous spot. Bend and insert the scope, angle up and hope the change key hole isn't covered by a plate. The follow the process in the above link to determine the combo, then use that combo to open the safe.
Mine had a 2nd door below that needed a key. You could always pick that too if you have one. Or just cut the whole thing off.
I bought this one this past year.
Works good. You can take photos, videos with their app.
And in case you run out of battery mid-use, you can also use it while it is plugged in via USB charging.
i bought one similar - stupid handy to have around. A non wifi flexible version is like $16 on amazon.
Comes with a hook attachment for the end of the camera. Add some sticky tack or double-sided tape, and go fishing.
I would think so. Get a cheap scope and take a peek!
You can get endoscopic cameras for pretty cheap these days.
I purchased a endocope for exactly what you are dealing with. Paid $35 for it and its been a life saver!
Yes its on Amazon for $36.99
Also, there's no way to know for sure but try to watch a video on youtube on how to properly source an engine from a junk yard. You might look for one with accident damage versus one that looks normal because it implies that it was running at the time of the accident, versus scrapped for mechanical issues.
You might be able to do a compression test if you find a way to somehow bring your battery and the junkyard allows you to do connect to the starter somehow. At least pull the plugs and take a look.
You won't be able to check the fluids at the junkyard to know if there was oil mixing with coolant so.. if you can manage to get a compression test done somehow that'll be the way to go.
I bought this wireless snake camera thing for $30 on amazon which connects to your phone and it's got a light at the end. You might be able to use this to check inside of the cylinder head and look for any damage.
I use it to find TDC when doing a leakdown test when a screwdriver won't fit
Use something like this ([link])
to look under the door
Before you attempt a drain snake, please put a camera down there!
They're decent quality, affordable, and will help you avoid making a bad situation worse. They also help you figure out if you're in over your head on a plumbing project.
I THINK what might be going on (beacuse most municipal codes no longer allow gutters to drain into the home's sewer line) is that you have a french drain/drain tile or dry well setup. Leaf litter and twigs have blocked the pipe and it is draining everything too close to the house.
Do you have something like this installed somewhere on that downspout?
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The right way to do it is to get a bore scope and find it. Then reach in with a small blob of tape on a piece of wire. Wrap the tape backwards so the sticky side is out. Then you don't have to worry about having the valves open. You can get a bore scope on Amazon. Here's a link:
This thing is one of my most used purchases. I use it way more than I ever expected I would for $35.
I bought this one in 2019 and have used it probably a dozen times without issue. I ended up using it more for in-wall wiring than the car, but its seen the inside of a few cylinder heads too. The reason I picked this one, and the reason its still a good camera is the android app is decent. I think the image quality is better than one of those dedicated tools with the small screen and at the cost it paid for itself in the first use.
That's the whole point.
I caught this one on a flash sale at Amazon for $20. I use it more for finding things I drop in engine bays but it should work fine down plumbing
all those borescope / inspection cameras do that:
and many of the onboard diagnostic scanners :
unfortunately I don't think there is a standard term. many just say 'wifi' or 'wifi connected' without clarifying.
maybe "wifi generated by"
Does it ever get down to -10F where you are? If not id be using a 10w30 Rotella T5 and a 15w40 when you know it wont get under 10F. The T6 is more designed for diesels with DEF Systems like 2010+ trucks.
Also possibly get a cheap borescope off of amazon and use that to check the tank if you dont want to drop it. This is the one I used (It has a light on the end) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MYTHWK4
We have this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MYTHWK4/
And it works great. I would tape it to a broom handle or something. Or as someone else said, maybe an RC car. But this little camera has decent enough quality, and I've been able to use the hook before while doing electrical fishing to grab a hook in an insulation filled joist bay lol.
I often use this paired with a battery bank(think battery for charging your phone on the go), as the built in battery will last about 5 minutes with the LED on. You could also plug it in to a phone charger if you have a long enough cord / extension cord.
Cut a small square of the ceiling out where the leak is (that you have to replace anyway) and get one of these: https://www.amazon.com/DEPSTECH-Waterproof-Inspection-Megapixels-Smartphone/dp/B01MYTHWK4 to see WTF is going on. Or call a plumber to do it (but they will be less kind to your drywall). Why is anyone even thinking about re-doing drywall when you dont know where the leak is?
Do you have any "handy" resources you can lean on? I know some flip horror stories. They usually involve old plumbing, shark bites, and...
I don't think that your gender prevents you from becoming "handy". I am a firm believer we can do all things with the right tools and "YouTube". I'm happy to help you do some exploratory surgery. But I understand if you want to pay someone else.
Pick that up and a 1/2" drill bit so you can do some exploring in your walls. You can plug the holes with some drywall spackle.
If you don't have a battery system yet, now's a good time to decide on a platform. Dewalt has a good 20v system. Makita an excellent 18v system.
I don't think it'd be expensive to have someone come in and cut some holes and find out what's going on. A few hundred bucks maybe? Assuming you clean it up and repair the drywall.
Drywall repairs are like a first order of business in home ownership.
Here is a cheap one that works really well:
Took these pictures with it:
A complete set of extensions with various adapters and angle stuff. Nothing more frustrating than not having it when you need it.
I recently purchased a cheap endoscope and it's saved my ass a few times already! Example of it in use skip to :50 to see it
I'm also about to buy myself a quick-jack. I grew up spoiled with a lift, can't install one in my rentals so the quick-jack is the next best thing. Expensive, but a worthwhile investment for me.
I think this would work.
Name: "Wireless Endoscope for Smartphones"