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Delivers Fast, Fab Shop Quality Cuts in the Field; One-of-a-kind mobile cutter delivers burr-free strut cuts in five seconds or less. RIDGID® is giving professional contractors a new tool to get jobs done faster and with fabrication-shop quality results. The new RIDGID StrutSlayrTM Strut Shear Head creates clean, square strut cuts free from chips and burrs Read more

Delivers Fast, Fab Shop Quality Cuts in the Field; One-of-a-kind mobile cutter delivers burr-free strut cuts in five seconds or less.

RIDGID® is giving professional contractors a new tool to get jobs done faster and with fabrication-shop quality results. The new RIDGID StrutSlayrTM Strut Shear Head creates clean, square strut cuts free from chips and burrs with a single pull of the trigger—and in five seconds or less. Plus, it easily attaches to equipment many pros already have in their arsenal: the RIDGID RP 340 Press Tool.

 

The only mobile dedicated strut tool on the market, StrutSlayr is field-ready and designed for efficient operation. It’s also easy to use with its built-in measuring guide and 13/16-inch, 1-5/8-inch or combo quick- change dies. It’s also TRISTAND® mountable. With StrutSlayr, contractors get enhanced cut quality and safety—critical benefits on today’s jobsites.

“In the past, when contractors were working with strut in the field, they have either had to make cuts with tools not designed for strut or make additional trips to the fab shop for more cut strut. Either way, pros had to choose between quality cuts or getting the job done quickly,” said Mitch Barton, Director of Marketing for Global Press Connections at RIDGID. “With RIDGID StrutSlayr, contractors get both quality and efficiency. They don’t have to sacrifice a thing.”

The StrutSlayr comes with the RIDGID Full Lifetime Warranty.

To purchase or learn more about StrutSlayr, contact your local distributor, visit RIDGID.com, or call toll-free: 1-800-4RIDGID.

The Rodrunner® sectional drain cleaner from General Pipe Cleaners offers great features contractors like – light weight, high speed cable rotation, and short quick-coupling cables. Best of all, General’s versatile machine can handle the toughest clogs in 3”-10” lines – as far as 200 feet away. And it can be used in almost any location! In Read more

The Rodrunner® sectional drain cleaner from General Pipe Cleaners offers great features contractors like – light weight, high speed cable rotation, and short quick-coupling cables.

Best of all, General’s versatile machine can handle the toughest clogs in 3”-10” lines – as far as 200 feet away. And it can be used in almost any location!

In tight spots, Rodrunner can be placed close to the drain opening. The guide hose safely contains cable to prevent damage to people and property.

On jobs with working room, save your back! Simply slide the cable into the chuck – and lock the jaws into place. Then walk Rodrunner, “lawn-mover” fashion, towards the drain – one cable section at a time.

A heavy-duty 3/4 hp motor with capacitor and overload protection spins the cable at 700 rpm – the ideal speed for self-feeding cables into lines and protecting against sudden torque build-ups. For additional safety, Rodrunner includes an adjustable slip clutch.

Sectional cables snap together in seconds – and disassemble quickly with a coupling wrench or coupling key. The open cable coils automatically screw into lines, helping clear stubborn stoppages with less effort.

Cables are also available in a variety of lengths and connectors for General and competing brands. With the recently developed “G” connector, no torque is put on the locking pin when running the machine in reverse, making it a more durable coupling.

For details, contact the Drain Brains® at General Pipe Cleaners at 800-245-6200 or 412-771-6300, or visit www.drainbrain.com.

Reformulated Snake Oil Plus™ from General Pipe Cleaners offers enhanced protection of drain cleaning cables and machines – and can extend the life of your other equipment, as well. It features the same rust-inhibiting properties and pleasant lemon scent of original Snake-Oil. But General’s improved non-toxic, eco-friendly, biodegradable formula also creates virtually non-stick surfaces – Read more

Reformulated Snake Oil Plus™ from General Pipe Cleaners offers enhanced protection of drain cleaning cables and machines – and can extend the life of your other equipment, as well.

It features the same rust-inhibiting properties and pleasant lemon scent of original Snake-Oil. But General’s improved non-toxic, eco-friendly, biodegradable formula also creates virtually non-stick surfaces – keeping mud and debris from sticking to cables, drums, and machines, significantly extending your drain cleaning equipment life.

Better than common lubricants, its special rust inhibitor cuts through moisture, replacing it with a rust-resistant coating. Bearings, feeds, and moving parts last longer. And its deodorizer keeps drain cleaning tools smelling fresh and clean.

Snake Oil Plus can also preserve and protect:

  • concrete & construction equipment,
  • paint & plumbing tools,
  • lawn & garden machinery,
  • and more

It’s easy to use on drain cleaning machines. Just pour a quantity of Snake-Oil Plus into the drum – and rotate the container to let the oil contact as much cable as possible. Then drain off the excess Snake-Oil Plus – and let the cable air-dry.

Snake-Oil Plus is available in either quart or gallon sizes. The quart size includes a sprayer to make it easier to apply just the right amount to all your other tools. The sprayer is optional on the gallon containers.

For additional information, contact the Drain Brains® at General Pipe Cleaners at 800-245-6200 or 412-771-6300, or visit www.drainbrain.com.

A clogged kitchen sink at a church prompted a routine call for drain cleaning help. That’s when local plumbing professional Sylvan Tieger rode to rescue—with something different. With nearly five decades as a plumber, including three years’ U.S. Navy service, Tieger offers a full range of plumbing, drain cleaning, fire suppression and emergency services to Read more

A clogged kitchen sink at a church prompted a routine call for drain cleaning help.

That’s when local plumbing professional Sylvan Tieger rode to rescue—with something different.

With nearly five decades as a plumber, including three years’ U.S. Navy service, Tieger offers a full range of plumbing, drain cleaning, fire suppression and emergency services to the New York City area’s commercial, residential and institutional markets.

He also prides himself on getting to the root of customer problems. And he quickly discovered more serious trouble—total stoppage of a 4” stack.

“The 4” soil line was blocked below the church’s kitchen sink on the main floor,” Tieger recalls. “So the sink was receiving discharges from 5 floors above.”

That allowed waste to fill the sink every time a fixture above was used. “It looked like a soft stoppage, and a cable machine probably wouldn’t have worked,” he adds. “That’s when I decided to test the power of my Kinetic Water Ram™.”

Powerful tool clears tough ‘FOG’ clogs

The lightweight, compact Kinetic Water Ram from General Pipe Cleaners safely, quickly and cleanly clears clogged sinks and showers, toilets and tubs with Kinetic Energy.

Kinetic Water Ram unleashes a powerful burst of compressed air that drives a clog-busting shock wave through water at 4,700 ft./second. It effectively clears hair, rust, grease, sediment and scale from lines from 1-1/4” to 4” in diameter.

“This was a bad blockage,” Tieger notes. “And it frankly took me a couple dozen times before I finally heard the ‘whoosh’ that—believe it or not—cleared the entire 4” stack stoppage!”

Results like that made him a believer. “This one job paid more than the tool cost me,” he reveals.

“Now I got one Kinetic Water Ram for each of my three crews, my home and my daughter!” he laughs. “On what I call ‘FOG’—fats, oil and grease—it’s my favorite, favorite tool!”

Matchless speed & efficiency

General’s innovative tool gave Tieger a competitive edge. For instance, one national franchise competitor—despite repeated efforts—couldn’t clear a shower drain. “It was probably another soft stoppage,” he notes. “And the clog just closed back onto itself after the competitor snaked it.”

But the first time, Tieger’s Kinetic Water Ram quickly eliminated the blockage. “Compared to the competition, it made me look really good!”

Speed and efficiency like that also lets Tieger tackle multiple drain-cleaning tasks—as he discovered when facing several simultaneous sink stoppages in a post office lavatory.

“From transport to set-up to clog-clearing, it’s about 50 times faster than cable machines,” Tieger chuckles. He simply plugged the overflow openings and—“bam, bam, bam”—cleared one sink after another with Kinetic Water Ram.

“Most customers don’t care if you suck-up the water with a straw,” Tieger winks. “They just want working sinks!”

Versatile & easy To use

General’s pioneering product is especially effective clearing slow draining tubs when the stoppage is on the far side of a drum trap – or through narrow lines in trailer homes that can be hard on a snake.

“I use it for all my tub stoppages,” he adds. “Plus on all sorts of sinks, basins, and floor and roof drains.”

There’s no pressure build-up within the system, either. The shock wave bypasses stacks and vents. 98% of the force is directed down the line and only 2% against pipe walls.

The compact, hand-held wonder is easy to transport. “Unlike bulky cable machines, taking Kinetic Water Ram up and down stairs is a snap!” The Ram weighs just 10 lbs.

Simply pump the Kinetic Water Ram to the desired pressure, plug overflows to prevent splash back, and firmly positioned the flexible cone over the drain opening. One snap of the trigger unleashes a powerful shock wave, usually clearing clogs with amazing speed.

General’s tool comes standard with flexible cone seals from 1-1/4” to 4” in diameter, caulking hose, and five tapered valves for sealing openings from 1-1/4” through 4”. A Schraeder valve for use with an external air compressor when clearing difficult blockages is also provided.

An optional toilet attachment screws onto the front of the Kinetic Water Ram—permitting firmer positioning in the bowl and acting like a powerful plunger.

RedTeam Software, the cloud-based construction management software provider, today announces its new app, TeamPlayer. TeamPlayer facilitates subcontractor collaboration by making it easier for all team members to access and respond to critical documents and transactions, resulting in more efficient communication, reduced risk, greater accountability, increased compliance and an overall improved subcontract relationship. The app is Read more

RedTeam Software, the cloud-based construction management software provider, today announces its new app, TeamPlayer. TeamPlayer facilitates subcontractor collaboration by making it easier for all team members to access and respond to critical documents and transactions, resulting in more efficient communication, reduced risk, greater accountability, increased compliance and an overall improved subcontract relationship.

The app is free for subcontractors, granting them instant access to documents shared with them via RedTeam’s project management software. Subcontractors can view the status of their contracts, change orders, credentials, lien waivers, submittals and punch items. Users can also share day-to-day performance updates in real time and check in and check out at project sites based on their location.

TeamPlayer also addresses construction billing pain points. Improperly prepared or non-conforming applications for payment slow down cash flow and require costly administrative intervention to make corrections. Using TeamPlayer, Electronic Applications for Payment (eApps) streamline the subcontractor invoicing and payment process and are simple to create.

“The success of construction projects depends largely on the collaboration and communication between and amongst contractors and subcontractors. Updates to a project’s plan or unforeseen delays can change the trajectory of the project quickly,” said Michael Wright, CEO of RedTeam. “We created TeamPlayer as a solution that is free for subcontractors to use as part of the contractor’s use of RedTeam, helping entire projects to remain on-schedule and on-budget.”

TeamPlayer is available to be activated to RedTeam’s cloud-based construction project management software. Subcontractors can download and use the app for free or upgrade to a paid subscription to maintain protected access to the documentation they are collaborating on and access administrative controls. Over the weeks and months to come, TeamPlayer will incorporate many new functionalities, like field change order management, project check-in and subcontractors’ daily reports.

To learn more about TeamPlayer, visit https://www.redteam.com/teamplayer/.

To learn more about RedTeam, visit https://www.redteam.com.