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Old 07-19-2010
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Thumbs up Wireless Inspection Camera with 2.4" Color LCD Monitor

The other day I had a water leak coming from the water heaters Hi Temp / Hi Pressure Overflow Valve and I couldn't remember where exactly the location of this valve was at, so when I pulled the vent covers off to repaint them, I tried reaching in there to see if I could locate it after viewing some of my pictures from the installation of the new water heater, but I managed to only get my arm up against the hot water outlet and decided that wasn't a good idea.



I had purchased one of these cameras from Horrible Freight last year when they were on sale and it had been sitting in the cabinets in the trailer unopened ever since, so I decided that this was a good test for it and to my surprise when I opened the package the monitors built in rechargeable battery was still fully charged and all I had to do was install the supplied batteries into the camera's handle, attach the monitor to the handle and then bend the neck so that it would fit around the water heater turn the thing on and the led lights at the end of the neck lit up the area sufficiently so that I could see what was in there.

After some maneuvering and getting used to the distance that the camera could view clearly I found the valves handle, now all I had to do was turn the water heater off and the following day I turned on my shore water supply for 60# of water pressure from my well and open the hot water tap until I had cold water coming out then shut it off so I wouldn't burn my arm on the hot water outlet and then I reached in there and located the valve handle right easily since now I knew where it was located, all it took was leaving the valve open for about 30 seconds and then closing it three different times and most likely the little bit of calcium that had built up around the valves seat was gone and now there is no more leak.

The camera is on sale again, it normally sells for $159.99 and is on sale now for $119.99. I can't remember exactly what I paid for it when it was on sale last year but it was less than $100.00 back then and as far as I'm concerned it was a good buy for me. http://www.harborfreight.com/wireless-inspection-camera-with-24-inch-color-lcd-monitor-66550.html

I removed the batteries from the camera's handle and put everything back in the box and placed it back in the trailers cabinets and it should be ready for the next time I need to use it, I just have to remember that it is there.
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At least it is in John Finn's world. He is a Great Guy.
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Actually on sale now for $ 89.99 plus shipping
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I bought one when I was working on a coach with a slide. It is a great addition to your tool box
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I got one a couple of years ago. Just have a dark cloth like the early photographers used. The screen it tough to see when the lighting is bright.
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That is a very cool toy, I can remember quoting welding jobs that spec'd that a boroscope be on site for the customers use to inspect interior welds. It was a bit more complicated with addon wands that could extend to 20 feet but the cost I remember clearly @ 30k. That is a way COOL tool for under $100. I think I have to have that too nice.
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That's one of those things that once you get it you may find all manor of applications for it. Which reminds me I have to schedule a colonoscopy.

I'm joking but it did remind me. Got a letter last week to make the call. Something you just have to do. Bet the Doc doesn't use a $89 camera.

Just thinking. A piece of exhaust pipe and a flash light and one of those cameras and a fellow could -----well I'll just make the call.
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I bought one when I was working on a coach with a slide. It is a great addition to your tool box
Sure is, beats the heck out of that stick and mirror I've been using!
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another cool thing about this toy-- the monitor does not have to be attached to the trigger to get a picture. Your helper can be outside in the heat and you can be view what he is trying to find from inside. Now, that is a deal
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