Category Archives: Plumbing Tools
Some time ago the good folks at Ridgid launched a brand new 200’ SeeSnake reel RM200 ($6217) which promised to create an all in 1 portable cordless system for doing pipe inspections. Unfortunately at the time they did not launch it with any monitors that could be mounted on board so the initial response was a little weak. More recently the CS6 ($1951) monitor came out which bolted right on the top and powered everything with the onboard 18V battery and all was good. There were however still a goofy looking pair of tabs on top (see below) which served no purpose until now. With the launch of the Ridgid SeeSnake CS65 Monitor ($3906) that includes a full QWERTY keyboard and 1 TB internal hard drive these tab serve to lock the monitor in place for easy transportation.
Recently Ridgid launched their full line of heavy duty Sewage & Sump Pumps which are designed to be some of the best on the market. These are very different units from the less expensive Ridgid Sump Pumps you’d purchase from the big box store so it is understandable if there is a bit of confusion understanding the differences. One of the very interesting new features available for these pumps is the AdvanTEXT alert system which will text up to 3 people when there is an outage. You can even text in for a status update, you know for those who just like to check in on their sump pump from time to time. (more…)
When doing plumbing inspections with a SeeSnake the self leveling feature has been one of the biggest advancements in the past decade. By knowing which way on is up and if the camera just took a left or right can save a lot of time and confusion. Within the past year we have seen the RM200 reel and new Compact2 both get the self-leveling feature added which made us wonder what about the 200’ Mini? Well available shortly the 200’ Mini SeeSnake Self Leveling Reel 48488 will come with the feature from the factory. Available now for those of you who already have a Mini Reel 14063 is a upgrade/replacement head 48533 ($2478). Certainly a sizable investment to turn the picture the right direction but if your camera is older or on the fritz anyway this maybe perfect timing for an upgrade. (more…)
The video inspection of sewer and drain lines in order to diagnose problems before any work can begin has become the norm. From property managers to plumbers to DIYers it seems everyone is using some sort of video inspection equipment and there are a lot of options for cameras. Back before this technology was so common place however there were only a few basic options, they were black and white, used VHS tapes and were pretty basic. One of the favorites if you only needed 100’ and didn’t need to make a recording the Compact System 100’ system was the way to go.
Over the years the Compact system got upgraded with the MiniPak color monitor but never was able to record. In today’s world however customers and managers have an expectation of detailed pictures/videos of the project. Coming within the next few months the Ridgid Compact2 & CS6Pak System 48113 ($6568) will be launching and we expect it’ll be a big hit. (more…)
The next generations of Ridgid Sump Pumps will be coming soon and they will be build to be some of the best on the market. There will also be a separate backup system option that will be able to call or text you if the sump pump should lose power (center picture above). The backup system would require a cellular plan but for under $5/month it is probably worth the peace of mind. We’ve include some of the stats direct from Ridgid below. These high end units will not be offered in the box stores but should be available soon from plumbing suppliers and on the Ridgid Plumbing Tools page of Ohio Power Tool.
According to regulations January 4, 2014 marked the date when, nationwide you could no longer use leaded solder on plumbing pipes. Since that date has come and gone we would hope nobody is still using leaded wire. According to websites like Get The Lead Out it looks like there are some exceptions to this rule including nonpotable applications in industrial, irrigation, bath/shower drains, toilets and other purposes not intended for human consumption. So if you do have a supply of leaded wire left there are still some opportunities to use up what you’ve got, legally. This is probably also how big box stores and plumbing suppliers are still even allowed to sell the product but the rumor is these products will not be available much longer from the larger suppliers. (more…)
It is that time of the year again for the Ridgid Tools Spring Fling Promotions on their most popular inspections, cleaning, fabrication and pressing equipment. There are some pretty nice individual deals as well as a few build your own packages that offer some very nice savings as well. Below are a few that caught our eye right off the bat and here is a look at the entire 2014 Spring Fling Promotion. (more…)
About a year ago the folks at Ridgid launched a new SeeSnake camera reel called the SeeSnake Max rM200 42348 ($6155, Ohio Power Tool) which had a brand new design, more compact, standard self-leveling, easier to transport, easier to maintain, and promised to have an all-in-one battery operated system… someday. Well it looks like someday is here with the new SeeSnake CS6 Digital Monitor 45138 ($1932, Ohio Power Tool) that will now attach to the rM200 and power the full system off the new Ridgid 4.0Ah batteries. (more…)
Ever since Viega first started introducing the ProPress tools in 1995, press tools have been gaining in popularity with professional plumbers. I feel like the advantages of pressing vs. soldering is something of an overdone topic, but one thing that you do not see a lot of information on is the comparison of the different pressing technologies that are out there. Along with the ProPress (made by RIDGID) there are also the Milwaukee Force Logic press tools and jaws and Rothenberger (a Greenlee subsidiary) also has press tools on the market. (more…)
RIDGID’s press tools are something of an industry standard as far as press tools go, and press tools in general are becoming more and more widely adopted as people realize how much easier they are than busting out some solder. From everything I’ve heard about the tools, they work great, but they can be a little heavy and bulky. RIDGID must have heard the same stuff, because they have released compact and inline versions of their original press tool. These tools are great, but they can’t tackle as many different diameters and varieties of pipe as the original. As a result, RIDGID’s drive to make their press tools smaller, lighter, and less unwieldy has led to an overhaul of the RIDGID RP 330 tool. Let me introduce the RIDGID RP 340. (more…)