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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.

Delivering big performance in a small package, the RIDGID® SeeSnake® Compact series of camera reels just got better with the addition of the SeeSnake Compact C40 and M40, each powered by TruSenseTM technology. Both camera reels feature a 25 mm self-leveling camera head, 131 feet (40 meters) of push cable and are compatible with RIDGID Read more

RIDGID SeeSnake Compact C40 and M40, each powered by TruSenseTM technologyDelivering big performance in a small package, the RIDGID® SeeSnake® Compact series of camera reels just got better with the addition of the SeeSnake Compact C40 and M40, each powered by TruSenseTM technology.

Both camera reels feature a 25 mm self-leveling camera head, 131 feet (40 meters) of push cable and are compatible with RIDGID CSx series Wi-Fi enabled monitors. Their quick-release docking system makes them ideal for the new CS6x Versa digital reporting monitor and their sturdy metal frame provides a solid base that makes it easy to push and retrieve the cable for fast, efficient use. The C40’s flexible push cable is ideal for small/restricted branch lines with tight turns and shorter runs in main laterals, while the M40’s moderately stiff push cable better suits longer runs in main and branch lines.

RIDGID SeeSnake CSx series Wi-Fi enabled monitorThe integrated TruSense technology establishes a two-way datalink path between the camera head and a connected RIDGID SeeSnake CSx series Wi-Fi enabled monitor. TruSense technology brings powerful data capability to plumbing diagnostics. A high dynamic range (HDR) image sensor and TiltsenseTM inclinometer takes the next leap forward in diagnostic imaging and conveys valuable information about the in-pipe environment.

A common challenge faced by diagnostic professionals is being able to see far down the pipe as well as the image just in front of the camera’s lights. An HDR image sensor expands the camera’s dynamic range, allowing a greater ratio of bright and dark areas to be displayed in the same image at the same time without reducing visibility. This means fewer blown-out areas and sections of the pipe that are too dark to see, offering superior clarity and detail. TiltSense measures the camera’s angle and, when connected to a SeeSnake CSx series monitor, can convey the camera’s degree of tilt on the monitor display – giving pros a useful indicator of the pitch of the camera in-pipe.

CS6x Versa digital reporting monitor

The CS6x Versa digital reporting monitor.

“The compact, lightweight design of our new RIDGID SeeSnake Compact C40 and M40 are engineered to make transporting from work truck to jobsite easier while minimizing strain on the body,” said Amy Moneypenny, RIDGID Global Product Manager, Underground Technologies – Inspection and Locating. “The small package and all-in-one monitor capability, when used with the SeeSnake CS6x Versa monitor, enhance jobsite speed and efficiency for a more productive day.”

The Compact C40 and M40 each come with the RIDGID Full Lifetime Warranty.

To purchase or learn more about the Compact C40 and M40 or other underground technology products, contact your local distributor, visit RIDGID.com,

Meadville, Pa.—Channellock, Inc. announced the launch of SpeedGrip™, an all-new family of American-made tongue & groove pliers that include a fast-adjusting feature and patent-pending crosshatch teeth. This is the newest product line from CHANNELLOCK. The line of push-button tongue & groove pliers are 100% made and manufactured in the USA with die-forged high carbon U.S Read more

Channellock SpeedGrip Toungue & Groove PliersMeadville, Pa.—Channellock, Inc. announced the launch of SpeedGrip™, an all-new family of American-made tongue & groove pliers that include a fast-adjusting feature and patent-pending crosshatch teeth. This is the newest product line from CHANNELLOCK. The line of push-button tongue & groove pliers are 100% made and manufactured in the USA with die-forged high carbon U.S. steel to stand the test of time.

“We heard from our core tradesmen that they wanted fast-action, push-button style pliers from CHANNELLOCK, their trusted brand for pliers,” said Ryan DeArment, vice president of sales and marketing at Channellock, Inc. “We are excited to provide something new and improved for our tradesmen. The adjustment feature on our SpeedGrip™ is unique and brings fresh innovation to our iconic, American-made line of pliers.”

SpeedGrip™ prevents adjustment slippage by locking into strong channels at the push of a button, making it twice as fast with more adjustments than standard tongue & groove pliers. This tool is designed to stay in place until the adjustment button is engaged, preventing the need for constant re-adjustments. Precise, robotic laser heat-treating makes the patent-pending crosshatch teeth more durable, and provides a stronger grip with more points of contact for superior job performance, and the reaming feature on the top of the tool is made for deburring pipes easily. With CHANNELLOCK BLUE no-slip comfort grips, these pliers are designed for ultimate control and ease hand fatigue.

“Our research shows that professional tradesmen value durability and innovation, and are proud to carry tools that are made in America,” added DeArment. “In fact, 60% of consumers say they prefer hand tools made in the USA, but approximately 11% of hand tools at top retailers are actually manufactured in the U.S. We designed SpeedGrip™ to give plumbers, electricians, HVAC specialists and auto mechanics another quality option in their toolbox that adds to their ability to get the job done right.”

SpeedGrip™ is available in three sizes and a combo pack.

• 428X (8”)

• 430®X (10”)

• 440®X (12”)

• GS-IX featuring the 428X (8”) and 430®X (10”)

Available at select retailers nationwide, the SpeedGrip line of pliers is 100% made in the USA and features a limited lifetime warranty.

For more information on CHANNELLOCK products, visit www.channellock.com.

Emerson is expanding its Greenlee hand tool line to include new 9-inch High Leverage Pliers and new Water Pump Pliers, available in 8-inch, 10-inch,12-inch, and a 3-piece set. These new plier offerings have a double-dipped grip for added comfort and control on the jobsite. Water Pump Pliers The new Greenlee Water Pump Pliers feature a Read more

Emerson is expanding its Greenlee hand tool line to include new 9-inch High Leverage Pliers and new Water Pump Pliers, available in 8-inch, 10-inch,12-inch, and a 3-piece set. These new plier offerings have a double-dipped grip for added comfort and control on the jobsite.

Water Pump Pliers
The new Greenlee Water Pump Pliers feature a multi-purpose jaw with opposing off-set teeth, ensuring maximum grip on rounded material such as pipe and hose connections. With over 24 jaw adjustments, the pliers adapt to a wide range of sizes. The push-button design is more ergonomic for the user and provides quick and easy jaw adjustments. Double-dipped vinyl handle grips provide added comfort and easy handling. The pliers are available in 8-inch (0451-08WD), 10-inch (0451-10WD), 12-inch (0451-12WD) and a three-piece set (0451-01WD).

High Leverage Pliers
The new Greenlee 9-inch High Leverage Pliers (0151-09HD) are forged from chrome vanadium steel for increased strength and longevity, ensuring the tool will withstand repeated use year after year. The new pliers are designed with a circular toothed pipe grip for a stronger hold on round material and provide greater cutting power than standard pliers.

“Professionals need a durable, comfortable set of pliers that withstand any tough job,” said Chelsea Grochocki, Product Specialist for Greenlee, Emerson. “Our new pliers are designed with stronger gripping capabilities that people can rely on.”

Click here to learn more about the new Greenlee Water Pump Pliers and High Leverage Pliers. To find a local dealer, visit Greenlee.com/where-to-buy. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.

Emerson’s professional tools business, which includes Greenlee as well as RIDGID and Klauke brands provides the industry’s broadest portfolio of advanced, reliable tools and technologies for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing trades globally. Visit emerson.com/professionaltools for more information.