Assembling an inspection camera.

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  1. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    I'm going to assemble an inspection camera system (Primarily to inspect chimneys) which is basically a small camera on the end of a long flexible shaft that feeds a TV or VCR on the viewing end. I have the camera and cable and I plan to fish it down a 100 foot 3/4 inch flexible PVC conduit. Should I try to incorporate another function into this beast like a magnetic pick up or??? I will be water proof but not exactly residential sewer sized. I was thinking a small 1/4 inch tube I could blast compressed air through would be useful. Be nice if I could flex the end left, right, up, and down but I have no idea how to do this. Anyone ever use something similar?
     
  2. ace admirer

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    sounds like fun, i could see all kinds of attachments,,,,but maybe just try it like it is..

    do they still make those inflatable bulbs, the kind that you snake on the end of a water hose. when you turn the water on, it inflates and seals against the pipe. pressurises infront of the bulb and is used to move a clog.

    i could see air or water to flush the lense. maybe a few IR diodes to light the way.
     

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  4. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    Thanks Mike that would have done with some minor modifications (too many things to snag inside a chimney) Oh well I alread have 90% of the components. The little camera has IR built in and it works very well. I'll post pictures once I get going but I only want to fish through 100 feet of conduit once.
     
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    would those stand up in a corosive enviroment? wife needs somthing like this to inspect man holes for san sewers and tanks round the plant. 12 volt would be perfect for their trucks!