March 12, 2008

Ridgid SeeSnake Micro - Review

Ridgid_seesnake.jpgWe've been hearing about The Ridgid SeeSnake Micro for a while now and in the last month or so, we've seen it start to show up at job sites in a lot of different hands. First it was electricians, then it was plumbers, and now it's everyone else from carpenters to HVAC guys. We wanted to find out what the big deal is all about so we got our hands on one and gave it a whirl.

Ridgid_seesnake_marlowe.jpgWe have to say right off the bat that this is one of the coolest tools we've seen in a long time and, after using one, we know why everyone and their mother thinks so too. What it is is a visual inspection tool with a camera on the end of a flexible hose and a corresponding LCD screed at the base of the handle. The on switch doubles as a dimmer switch that lights up the camera end, allowing you to probe around in the dark.

The whole unit is small and the 3' hose wraps up nicely for storage. When properly assembled, it's also waterproof for up to 10'. Additional hoses are available that can be added on, allowing you a maximum hose length of 30 feet.

Like we said earlier, this tool is great and once you have it, you'll never let it go. It's great for tracking down leaks, seeing where you can snake a wire, looking in duct work, and a lot more.

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In addition to just being able to see in a wall, the SeeSnake comes with three little attachments that clip on the camera end, expanding the uses of the tool. There is a little magnet, a mirror for seeing around corners, and a clip for things like pulling wires.

The only problem that we had with the SeeSnake was making sure that the camera was positioned the right way up once it's in the wall. It's pretty easy to get turned around and the next thing you know, what you're watching on the screen is upside down and you don't even know it. This isn't a reason not to by the SeeSnake, it's just something that you have to be conscious of when using the tool.

The SeeSnake costs about $200 which is short money for something so handy. Even if it helps you solve just one leak, think of the time, money, and aggravation that can be avoided.

At Amazon.com

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at March 12, 2008 5:11 AM

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