Product Spotlight

Summer vacations are winding down and the annual ritual for parents buying school supplies for the kids is underway, but maybe it’s high time to kick off the old work boots and find a new pair. Does that sound like a great first step? Recently, Mechanical Hub ProStaff member Andy Mickelson, owner of Mickelson Plumbing and Read more

Summer vacations are winding down and the annual ritual for parents buying school supplies for the kids is underway, but maybe it’s high time to kick off the old work boots and find a new pair. Does that sound like a great first step?

Recently, Mechanical Hub ProStaff member Andy Mickelson, owner of Mickelson Plumbing and HVAC in Montana,  tested a pair of Ariat Rebar Flex 6″ Waterproof Composite Toe Work Boots on multiple job sites and in various indoor/outdoor conditions to provide us with the following observations.

For those not familiar with the Ariat Work Boot Brand (most recognize the brand for its western boots), they have unique and tasteful designs while at the same time delivering high-quality performance and comfort in a stylish and fashionable boot.

Ariat work boots are designed and engineered with the contractor and jobsite person in mind. Constructed from premium sturdy and durable leather with the most advanced footwear technologies they offer superior performance and on the job critical protection in any work field or the environment. Ariat boots offer a safety platform to match every environment, such as the Grip Strip Platform, the Work Ride Platform, the Expert Safety Clog Platform and the Safety Clog Platform.

Ariat also offers ATS and 4LR technology for comfort, stability, and traction as well as waterproof technology with the impermeable waterproof barrier. Insulated boots featuring Thinsulate Ultra insulation will help to give your feet the highest level of cold weather protection and while remaining a lightweight shoe. Ariat also offers a steel toe range for added safety. Ariat boots come with an oil, slip, heat, and abrasion resistant sole that will perform with the best grip and traction on any floor surface.

MICKELSON:  It’s the first safety toe boot that I have comfortably worn throughout an entire work day in many years. For the past few months, I’ve worn them almost daily, sunrise to sundown, and in many cases hours into the night, on various surfaces without issue.

The Ariat Rebar work boots come out of the box ready to wear, with relatively little break in needed. The boots have a stylish design with a combination leather and mesh upper. The insole of the boot is comfortable with decent arch support. The soles are listed as a slip & oil resisting, debris release design. I’d support that statement having worn the boots through the better part of winter. Snow and parking lot slop stomps off easily. The tread pattern seems to grip well on most surfaces even when the temperatures drop well below zero.

Many soles will begin to harden and become hazardous well before that, not the case with the Rebar. The debris release design comes in nice while constantly transitioning from snow covered ground onto finished concrete or similar smooth finishes. The uppers of the boot are leather and man-made materials, which lend to the boot breathing very well. Generally breathing well and waterproof aren’t generally both strong traits in a work boot, again, not the case with the Ariat Rebar.

As a Professional Plumber and Pipefitter, these boots have been nearly submerged numerous times and thoroughly soaked on the exterior with no leakage regularly. The leather is holding up fairly well with normal daily abuse, resulting in small cuts and scrapes. The hardware on the boots consist of a single plastic rivet and webbing attachments below, holding a quality paracord like lace. Double row stitching has the components locked together.

Overall I look forward to wearing these boots for as long as they’ll last and very much looking towards to fulfill my work boot needs with Ariat in the future.

Work Boot Specs:

  • Waterproof leather in key protection and support areas combined with rugged mesh panels
  • 100% non-metallic
  • Anatomical last for true fit
  • Injected lateral support cage
  • Forefoot flex notch
  • Mesh lining
  • EVA cushioning midsole
  • ESS midsole in heel for extra protection and support
  • Oil-and slip-resistant Duratread™ outsole with debris-release tread design
  • Defined heel
  • Safety toe is ASTM F2413-11 M/I/75 C/75 EH rated
  • 4LR™ footbed for support and cushioning

For more on Ariat work boots and other work gear, visit Ariat Work.

Offer Ease of Installation and Simple Levelling The new Pronto!™ line of adjustable floor drains from Watts is a durable, aesthetic product that provides ease of installation and simple levelling for all floor finishes. Available in PVC, the Pronto! line is designed for post-pour adjustment with flexibility in mind. The drain features an integrated level Read more

Offer Ease of Installation and Simple Levelling

The new Pronto!™ line of adjustable floor drains from Watts is a durable, aesthetic product that provides ease of installation and simple levelling for all floor finishes.

Available in PVC, the Pronto! line is designed for post-pour adjustment with flexibility in mind. The drain features an integrated level and is pre-packaged with shims for tilt correction to create a professional finish.

Pronto! drains are designed for light to medium duty commercial and residential use.

Features include the following:

  • Available in four durable nickel-bronze grate sizes with five, six, seven, and eight-inch diameters.
  • Pipe connections of two, three, and four inches are available in PVC.
  • The PVC on-grade floor drains come complete with anchor flange, weep holes, a
    reversible clamping collar, up to 1-¾ inch pre-pour and 7/8 inch post-pour adjustability, and a round, nickel-bronze strainer.
  • Solvent weld outlet connection.
  • Come out of the box completely assembled.

For more information and an overview video, visit www.watts.com/pronto.

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 TruSense 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

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 TruSense 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.

The 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 Tiltsense 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.

“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, or call toll-free: 1-800-4RIDGID.

The Smarter Way to Go Tankless The Infiniti™ K Series of tankless water heaters is the smarter way to go tankless. The Infiniti K uses STEADISET™ Technology to keep water temperature consistent and virtually eliminate “cold water sandwich” with NO internal buffer tank. It features SRT™ Scale Reduction Technology for better performance, longer operational life Read more

K Series Infinity TanklessThe Smarter Way to Go Tankless

The Infiniti™ K Series of tankless water heaters is the smarter way to go tankless. The Infiniti K uses STEADISET™ Technology to keep water temperature consistent and virtually eliminate “cold water sandwich” with NO internal buffer tank. It features SRT™ Scale Reduction Technology for better performance, longer operational life, and lower maintenance costs versus conventional tankless. The series delivers efficiency up to .96 UEF, which helps maximize the financial benefits of choosing tankless.

Features include:

  • Exceptional Temperature Stability.STEADISET™ Technology keeps the temperature consistent with NO internal buffer tank.
  • Best-In-Class Venting Lengths. Vent with either 2” or 3” PVC or polypropylene.
  • Best-In-Class Scale Reduction. SRT™ Scale Reduction Technology delivers improved performance, longer life and lower maintenance costs.
  • Best-In-Class Modulation. 22:1 turndown.
  • Best-In-Class Warranty.15 years (heat exchanger).
  • Efficient Performance – Even at Low Flow Rates. Activates at just 0.45gpm.
  • Easy Installation. Top connections and built-in flush ports reduce time and cost of installation. No combustion analyzer needed.
  • Contractor-Friendly Design for Easy Field Maintenance – Built for the contractor to give you room to work.

For more information visit Bradford White Infiniti™ K Series.

Water-Right®, a leading independent original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in the water treatment industry, is proud to announce its latest product offering ONE™, a cartridge tank filter system specifically designed to reduce contaminants while maintaining high flow rates. Perfect for residential and light-commercial applications, the large capacity is certified for the removal of several contaminants including Read more

Water-Right®, a leading independent original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in the water treatment industry, is proud to announce its latest product offering ONE™, a cartridge tank filter system specifically designed to reduce contaminants while maintaining high flow rates. Perfect for residential and light-commercial applications, the large capacity is certified for the removal of several contaminants including lead, PFOA/PFOS and cyst reduction.

“Water quality and eliminating emerging contaminants is top of mind for today’s consumers,” said Kurt Gruett, president of Water-Right®, Inc. “The ONE™ cartridge filter was designed to help give people peace of mind their water is safe for consumption.”

ONE™ carbon block filters have a certified capacity up to 50,000 gallons on lead, PFOA/PFOS chemicals and cyst reduction. The innovative filter is considerably larger than the average in-home system and is specifically designed for higher flow rates, higher contaminant retention capacities and extended replacement frequency. The cartridge features easy access and requires no special tools for service and replacement.

“Water-Right has a unique top and bottom cap to our filter cartridges for easier maintenance and installation,” Gruett explained.

The cartridge’s exclusive “stand off” leg allows debris to clear from the filter and tank through a bottom drain, further extending the product’s lifecycle.

“In addition, we have been approved for our own WQA certification when paired with a WaterCare® or Evolve® system enabled with a service alarm Performance Indication Device (PID), the ONE™ carbon block filter is certified up to 100,000 gallons of use,” Gruett said.

The ONE™ filter system is currently available for purchase through Water-Right’s complete product lines. For additional information, contact a Water-Right regional sales manager, call Water-Right at 800-777-1426 or visit water-rightgroup.com.