Graber Window Treatments Guide

Choosing the right commercial window treatments can seem like a difficult task. However, working with an authorized distributor like us here at Equiparts will make the task of choosing window coverings much easier. In this Window Treatment Guide, we’ll walk you through the most popular window treatment options for commercial facilities , and help you decide which is best for your situation. We’ll give you a full list of Graber window treatment options, as well as additional window treatment tips and terminology. We also have links to two short videos, featuring a window treatment specialist from Graber, that will teach you how to measure your windows. At the bottom of this article, we have five PDFs you can download and print that contain more information about our window treatments, as well as worksheets to help you measure your windows.

Graber Window Treatments

At Equiparts, our primary window treatment provider is Graber. Graber is the largest manufacturer of window blinds and shades in the United States. They have been making window treatments since 1939. Our sales reps have received training from our Graber rep so that they can better assist you with your window treatment needs. We will work with you and our Graber representative to provide the right window treatments for your facility.


Part I. Window Treatment Options

There are a wide variety of commercial window treatments to choose from. Watch the video below to learn more about the two most popular options: mini-blinds (the most popular type of blind), and solar shades (also known as solar screens).

Commercial Window Treatments: Mini-Blind and Solar Shade Options Video

Graber Shades and Blinds: A Review of the Best Options

In this video, Rebecca, our window treatment specialist from Graber, discusses the two most popular window treatments for commercial facilities with Joe of Equiparts. She explains the features of solar shades, where they are used more often, the opacity levels and what that means, and more. Rebecca also shares the features and options available for mini-blinds, a timeless window treatment option that is also found frequently in commercial facilities today.

The full selection of Graber Window Treatments available include the following:

  • Cellular Shades
  • Layered Shades
  • Natural Shades
  • Pleated Shades
  • Roller Shades
  • Roman Shades
  • Sheer Shades
  • Sun Shades
  • Exterior Solar Shades
  • Sliding Panels
  • Wood Blinds
  • Composite/Faux Wood Blinds
  • Vertical Blinds
  • Vinyl Blinds
  • Aluminum Blinds
  • Cellular Blinds
  • Motorized Blinds and Shades
  • Wood Shutters
  • Composite Shutters
  • Artisan Drapery
  • Natural Drapes
  • Valances and Cornices

We can provide you with any of the window treatment options listed above. However in this article, we focus primarily on solar shades and aluminum and vinyl mini-blinds. For more information on the options listed above, give us a call to get started.


Additional Solar Shade Information:

Solar shades are not designed for privacy. Their primary function is to offer shade while still letting you see outside. They keep rooms cooler, protect furniture, artwork, and carpeting from sun damage, and reduce glare on computer screens.

Solar Shades are available in four different opacity levels: 1, 3, 5, 10. The darkest option available is 1%, and is the most efficient at blocking out UV rays. (This option is recommended for hospitals). 3% Protects décor from UV rays (Recommended for offices.) 5% blocks 95% of harmful UV rays and reduces screen glare. 10% maximizes your view to the outdoors, and lets in some sunshine while still blocking glare. *If you are unsure of which opacity level you need for your facility, let us know, and we will get you sample swatches.

  • 1% = 99% opacity
  • 3% = 97% opacity
  • 5% = 95% opacity
  • 10% = 90% opacity

Solar shades are available in the cord options: continuous loop (most popular ) and cordless.


Additional Mini-Blind Information:

Mini-blinds are groups of horizontal slats connected by a cord that changes the angle of the slats to let in more or less light. Mini-blinds are available in vinyl and aluminum, and come in a variety of colors and slat sizes. Aluminum mini-blinds are available in two gauges, 6 (most popular) or 8. The 8-gauge slats are thicker and more durable.

Aluminum blinds are stronger than vinyl blinds. Vinyl blinds are easier to clean. Vinyl blinds tend to absorb the sun’s heat, whereas aluminum blinds are better at deflecting the sun’s rays. Vinyl is less expensive than aluminum.

Mini-blinds are available in the following cord options: corded and cordless. Cordless are great for nursing homes and facilities that small children frequent because they do not have cords that people and children can get tangled in.


Other Shade/Blind Option Information:

  • Motorized Shades – A great option for hard to reach windows.
  • Cellular Blinds – Bottom-up, top-down blinds that enable the blinds to open from the top. This feature is useful in a variety of scenarios. For example, apartment buildings with residential units located on the ground floor in high traffic areas may want cellular blinds so their renters can open the blinds from the top and let in some sun without giving up their privacy to street/sidewalk traffic.

Part II. Measuring Windows for Blinds and Shades

Learn the right way to measure windows for new window treatments in the videos below. In the first video, we show you how to properly measure windows for inside mounted window treatments. Inside mount is the most common mount for mini blinds. In the second video, we show you how to measure your windows for outside mounted window treatments. Outside mounting is commonly used for shades so that they don’t let in light through small gaps on the left or right side of the window.

Both blinds and shades can be mounted inside or outside the window frame. It’s mostly a personal preference, but if you prefer an inside mount, you need to make sure you have the proper depth in your window. After you decide whether your treatment will be mounted on the inside or outside, then watch either the inside or outside measurement video to learn how to measure correctly.


Video 1: How to Measure Windows for Inside Mount Window Treatments

In this video, Rebecca provides step-by-step instructions for how to properly measure windows for inside mounted window treatments. You will find out what tools are needed, how to measure, and why you need to take three measurements of the width, height, and depth. Rebecca will also explain how to record your window measurements for multiple windows, while sharing additional measurement tips and know-how.


Video 2: How to Measure Windows for Outside Mount Window Treatments

In this video, Rebecca and Joe show you how to measure windows for the installation of outside mounted window treatments. They go over how to measure each window for outside mount installations, how to adjust measurements to guarantee complete coverage, along with other measurement tips.

*Note: As stated in the videos, for orders of multiple window treatments going into multiple rooms, remember to write down on your papers what room the window measurements are for. When recording window measurements, always start with the first window on the left of the room entrance, and work your way around from left to right. Make sure you number each window in the room. So for example, windows in an office could be written as: Office #1, Window #1, and then the measurements. The next window would be Office #1, Window #2, and that window’s measurements, and so on for all the windows in that office. Due to how buildings settle and other factors, not all windows will be exactly the same. This is especially true for windows in older buildings. For your convenience and ease of installation, each window treatment comes with a label that states which room and window it is for, based on your descriptions.


Window Treatment PDFs

Window Treatment Order Process Guide PDFs

Below is a list of PDFs that comprise our Window Treatment Guide. These PDFs will make your window treatment ordering process easy. You can either download each one separately, or you could skip to the 6th item, and download a single document that contains the Complete Set of PDFs .These guides are helpful takeaways that you can print and refer to while choosing your window treatment, taking measurements, and creating your order. 

1. Mounting Considerations PDF

Window Covering Mounting Considerations Worksheet

Read this PDF for help deciding whether to do an inside or outside mount. This PDF reviews the reasons for and limitations of both inside and outside mounted window treatments.

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2. Measuring Guide for Horizontal Blinds

Window Blind Measuring Guide

Read this PDF for help deciding whether to do an inside or outside mount. This PDF reviews the reasons for and limitations of both inside and outside mounted window treatments.

View PDF

3. Measuring Guide for Shades

Window Shade Measurement Worksheet

Refer to this PDF as a Measurement Guide for Roller Shades and Solar Shades. This PDF contains directions for measuring windows for both inside and outside mounting of shades.

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4. Depth Requirements for Blinds and Shades

Inside Mount Window Treatment Depth Requirements

There are minimum depth requirements for inside mounted blinds and shades. Knowing the depth of your windows will help us to know which blinds and shades can be installed in your windows.

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5. Blind and Shade Measuring and Ordering Worksheet

Window Coverings Sizing Worksheet

This window treatment measurement worksheet doubles as an order sheet. Use it to write down your measurements, and then send us a copy. If you haven’t worked with an Equiparts sales rep before, give us a call and tell us you would like to place a window treatment order. We will match you with a sales rep who can help you with all of your questions and concerns. 

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6. Complete Window Treatment Guide (All 5 pages)

Window Treatment Ordering Worksheets

View, save, share, and/or print all five PDFs listed above.

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Window Treatment Support

Have more questions? Need more support? We’re just a phone call away! Give us a call to speak with one of our window treatment sales reps. They can answer any questions you have, and will walk you through the ordering process.

Toll-Free: 800-442-6622

Pittsburgh: 412-781-9100

Phone Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am – 5pm EST


Additional Information and FAQs

Additional Measurement Tips and Information:

Exact Measurements:
Take exact measurements (don’t round up or down.) Graber takes measurements rounded to the nearest 1/16ths of an inch, which is likely more exact than the measurement you will give.

Why Take 3 Width Measurements?
Sometimes the width isn’t congruent throughout the frame due to how a building has settled, along with other factors. Graber uses the smallest width measurement to ensure that inside mounted blinds fit the narrowest part of the window, and don’t rub up against the sides of the window frame. This is why it’s important to take the width in the three areas specified.

Why Take 3 Height Measurements?
Graber uses the longest height of the 3 height measurements taken. This ensures that the blind or shade will be long enough to adequately cover the longest part of the window.

Why Take 3 Depth Measurements?
The depth of the window is an important measurement to take for inside mounted window blinds or rollers. Taking an accurate depth measurement ensures that a window frame has enough room to house an inside mounted blind or roller. (The minimum requirement for a partially recessed head rail in window casing/molding is ¾”).

Why add 2-3 inches of overlap to outside mounted rollers or shades?
For windows without moulding, we recommend adding 2-3 inches of overlap to each side of an outside mounted blind or shade in order to minimize any light gaps on the sides. For windows with moulding, we recommend measuring from edge to edge on the outside edges of the moulding.

Optional Finishing Touches:

The finishing touches mentioned below can add another level of style to your window treatment.

Fascia: Fascia is a decorative housing that covers the roll of the solar shade. It is the most popular commercial finishing decoration. It is 3 inches tall, made of metal, and is available in 5 color options.

Valance: Similar to Fascia, Valance is a decorative housing that covers the roll of the solar shade. It is 3 inches tall. Unlike Facia, it is made of fabric. Valances are available in a variety color options.

Commercial Door Closer Replacement Guide

Door closers are devices found and often required on doors throughout a wide variety of commercial facilities. Understanding how they work, the different types that are available today, which models are best for your doors, how to measure doors and door closers, and the answers to other questions regarding door closers, will all be covered in this door closer guide. This guide is recommended for anyone who maintains or purchases door closers. There are a wide variety of door closers available, which makes the buying process confusing. Our hope is that with guidance from this article, you’ll know what information to have on hand when you call one of our expert sales reps, so that they have everything they need to explain all of your options, and find the right door closer for your situation.

Door Closer on Door

General Door Closer Know-How

What exactly is a door closer? A door closer is a mechanical device mounted on a door or door frame that closes the door in a controlled way. Why are door closers needed? Because doors can cause accessibility issues, especially for people with disabilities, and seniors (or anyone) with limited strength. If a door closes too quickly for people to get through, or too much force is needed to open a door, a door closer is the solution. Door closers provide a controlled way to close the door, and specify the force required to open it. A door closer will prevent the door from slamming shut after it is opened either by a person, or automatically.

Door closers are required in a variety of situations. One place you should always find door closers are on fire rated doors. All fire rated doors must close and latch automatically every time they are opened. Door closers are the best way to ensure this always happens.


The Three Main Types of Door Closers

There are many different types of door closers, including overhead door closers, concealed door closers, surface-mounted door closers, and floor-spring door closers. In this article, we cover the most popular type of door closer: overhead door closers. There are three different mounting methods of overhead door closers:

  1. Regular Arm: A​lso known as Standard Arm. This option is the most power-efficient option available, although it’s also the least attractive. The closer is a pull-side application that is located on the exterior of the door. There are two arms that connect together in this mounting style, one piece attaches to the frame, and the other piece attaches to a piston on the door closer body. These two arm pieces either screw or slide together. When the door is closed, the arm projects out perpendicular to the door.
  2. Parallel Arm: ​Parallel​ ​door closers are aptly named for how the arms sit parallel against the face of the door when the door is closed. They are the nicest looking type of door closer because the arm does not protrude away from the door or frame. The arms attach to the door on the frame and on the spindle of the door closer body. These types of door closers are popular in schools and other commercial properties because the arm is tucked in and is less likely to be misused or vandalized. Although more attractive and less prone to vandalism, these closers are less powerful than regular arm or top hinge closers due to the arm geometry.
  3. Top Hinge: A​lso known as Top Jamb. Essentially, these door closers are regular arm closers turned upside down. Like regular arm closers, top hinge closers have arms that have perpendicular projection out from the door. The difference is that the door closer body is mounted to the face of the door frame, not the door. Top jamb doors are commonly used for storefront doors as well as aluminum or glass doors, because these doors have narrow top rails. Top hinge closers are nearly as power efficient as regular arm closers.

Many door closers are fully reversible door closers, meaning that they can be installed in one of the three mounting methods listed above due to the star-shaped design of the arm mounting hole.


Additional Door Closer Parts:

  • Spacer bracket: Available to fill space if needed. Unnecessary if mounting regular or top hinge, but used when needed for parallel arm mounted door closers.
  • Sex bolts: Sex bolts are male and female screws and bolts used to mount the closer body to the door. A sex bolt is a heavy-duty through bolt that sandwiches the door to make sure the mounting screws don’t pull through the skins of the door. Four sex bolts are necessary to mount a closer. If not sex bolts, then through bolts with washers will also work, but through bolts will not be as aesthetically pleasing. We do not recommend using wood screws, especially in composite wood doors because they will eventually pull through.

Requirements for Doors with Door Closers

Common ADA Door Access Requirements
Listed below are some general ADA requirements for common door situations. It is recommended that you review federal, state, and even local building codes for additional help in choosing the right door closer for your needs. The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) provide extensive standards for door closers as well.
● The swing speed of the door must not be faster than five seconds. The swing distance is measured from when the door is in the open position or 90 degrees from the closed position, to 12 degrees from the latch. The speed should be fast enough to latch the door, but not slam it.
● Interior doors should not require more than 5 pounds of force to open. This applies to the initial force needed to overcome the weight of the door.
● The maximum force required for exterior doors is not specified by the ADA, however, they recommend the most minimal force possible. According to the ADA National Network, typical maximum opening force for exterior doors ranges from 8.5 to 10 lbs. ADA Guidelines state that heavy doors could prevent people with disabilities from gaining entrance to certain buildings, and thus prevent them from having access to goods and services. State and local government codes may also have specific accessibility requirements for exterior doors.


How to Choose the Right Door Closer

Door Closer Grades

Matching the door to the right type of door closer is critical. Essentially, heavier doors and doors with high traffic volumes require stronger, more durable door closers. These door closers are Grade 1. Lighter doors with medium to light duty traffic can use Grade 2 door closers. Very light doors that rarely get used can use Grade 3 door closers, which offer more closing control than using spring hinges. Listed below are the various grades and the traffic they are rated for. Door closer grades are determined by testing them in a​ neutral air pressure laboratory at 60-85 degrees fahrenheit.
● Grade 1: 2,000,000 cycles at 60% efficiency
● Grade 2: 1,000,000 cycles at 60% efficiency
● Grade 3: 500,000 cycles at 50% efficiency

Door Closer Sizes

Door closers come in sizes 1 to 6. Size 1 door closers are used on small, lightweight doors. Size 6 door closers are used for wide, heavy, tall doors like large solid wood doors. Many door closers are now resizable, meaning that they can be sized in the field during installation for a specified size range, like sizes 1-6. The most widely used setting is size 3, and most standard adjustable closers will be set to size 3 when shipped. Choosing an adjustable size door closer is a great option if you are unsure about the size you should choose.

Cal Royal 900 Door Closer Size Chart

Below is a size chart from door closer manufacturer Cal Royal for one of their most popular adjustable models, the 900 series door closer. It gives you a general sense of what size door closer is needed for a variety of different door sizes.

Cal Royal 900 Door Closer Size Chart

Factors to Consider When Choosing the Right Door Closer
● Size and weight of the door
● Location of the door
● Opening and closing frequency
● Mounting location
● Affordability
● Backswing requirements
● Traffic Volume

The easiest way to determine what door closer is needed for your door is by telling us the manufacturer and model number of the door closer you are replacing, when possible. Then, we can either match it, or look at other manufacturers to find a comparable model. Sometimes the models from other manufacturers have a lower price point, but with similar or superior quality.

If you do not know what door closer model you had before, or if you wish to switch to a new closer that is not similar to the model you have, then the following information will help us find the best closer for your needs:

  • The size and weight of your door
  • What is the application (school, office, industrial)
  • Where the door is located
  • What grade door closer you require – heavy, medium, or light duty traffic?
  • What size door closer you require
  • How much space at the top of the door is available for the closer
  • What material your door is made of
  • Is the door fire rated
  • What requirements your door with door closer must meet

Cal-Royal Door Closers for Sale

Cal Royal Door Closers

Cal Royal is a door closer manufacturer that has been creating door closers since the 1980’s. Equiparts has been working with Cal Royal for many years. Our sales reps and customer care teams receive ongoing training from Cal Royal that includes the latest information on door closer requirements and codes, updates to existing door closer models, and education on new products. This training helps us to better serve our customers.

Cal-Royal distributor

Our latest door closer training was in September of 2019. We had the honor of hosting Mary Barrett and Thomas Barrett for a lunch-n-learn. At the presentation, Mary shared the differences between various models of door closers, explaining when one should be used over another, and tons of other facts and figures to help keep the Equiparts team current on all things commercial door closer related.

Cal Royal Door Closer Comparison Chart

Cal-Royal Door Closer Cross Reference Chart

We carry replacement commercial door closers for the following door closer manufacturers:
● Corbin Russwin
● Dorma
● DOR-O-MATIC
● Global
● Hager
● LCN
● Norton
● PDQ
● Parker
● Sargent
● Taymor
● Yale
● Cal Royal

Equiparts carries replacements for virtually all commercial door closer manufacturers. For more information, or to order the door closers needed to keep your doors up to code and closing smoothly, give one of our trained door closer sales representatives a call!

Toll-free: 800-442-6622
Pittsburgh: 412-781-9100
Phone hours: Monday-Friday 7:30AM – 5PM EST

Door Closer FAQs

Q: How do I measure door opening force and closing speed?
A: A door pressure gauge, also known as a door force gauge, is the best way to measure door-opening force. To use, first unlatch the door and press the gauge against the door. Push the door until it is open all the way. Then read the pressure gauge to learn what force is needed to open the door.

Q: Why is my door closer leaking?
A: Generally because the seals have worn out, or someone has adjusted one of the valves too far out.

Q: How do I fix a leaking door closer?
A: In some instances, we can repair the door closer leak by replacing the seal. In most cases, the door closer simply needs to be replaced.

Q: What is the difference between a full cover and a slim cover door closer?
A slim cover door closer is where the bottom piston spindle sticks out of the bottom of the cover, unlike a full cover that completely encapsulates the entire door closer body.

Q: What is a cushion stop or cushion arm?
A: A cushion arm is an arm that contains a stop. The cushion is actually a stop that absorbs some of the energy as the door is opened to the maximum opening point.

Q: What type of door closer can be used to hold open a fire rated door?
A: A fire rated door can use a track door closer, which gets wired into the fire alarm system. This track contains a solenoid that releases the hold open mechanism in the track so when the fire alarm goes off, it closes the door automatically. Call to order.

Fire Extinguisher Cover Replacement Guide

Fire Extinguisher Cover Replacement Guide

Is the fire extinguisher cover at your facility broken? Then you probably should replace it. Read this article and use the Fire Extinguisher Cover Measurement PDF to get the proper replacement for your broken fire extinguisher cover. It’s important to get the correct size replacement cover for your fire extinguisher case. Work with us at Equiparts can help you get the right sized cover for your fire extinguisher, the first time.

If you are unsure what size fire extinguisher cover you need, we can help you figure out the basic measurements. Simply fill out the form below and submit it to us so we can help you replace your fire extinguisher cover.

Fire Extinguisher Cover ReplacementDownload, save or print the Fire Extinguisher Cover Measure Form PDF.

Click the link to download the Fire Extinguisher Cover Measure Form shown above. Follow the measurement directions to fill out the form, then submit it to Equiparts via email or by fax (412-781-3085). Once received, we will identify the right cover to fit your fire extinguisher case. Be sure to include your contact information, including your name, company, phone number, and email address. We carry a large number of covers and even have the most popular sizes and types (shown below) in stock at our facility for quick replacement.




 

Megapro Screwdriver Comparison Guide

Megapro® Drivers are an innovative, high-quality line of screwdrivers that feature a clever built-in storage system. Every driver comes with a set of bits that are actually stored inside the driver’s handle so that you’ll never have to lose another bit! The variety of bits supplied allows you to save space in your toolbox by essentially combining several driver types into one. And these drivers are built to last! Equiparts carries a variety of Megapro® Drivers for both general and specialty use.

There are several features that all Megapro® Drivers have in common. The shaft of each driver can be used as a 1/4″ Hex Nut Driver. They also all have a patented Palm Saver Cap™, which does not turn as the users turns the driver. Another feature these drivers (except the Ratcheting Driver) share is the patented EZ Guide Collar™, which provides the user with better control and maintains consistent contact between the driver bit and the screw. This allows the screw to be driven with much more ease. The drivers each have a retractable bit cartridge located at the top of the driver. This allows for easy storage and organization of bits, making any job that much easier.

What makes each driver different?

The Original

Equiparts Part #37696 

This is the most popular of the Megapro drivers. It features fourteen of the most common bits for driving screws. The shaft can be used as a 1/4″ Hex Nut Driver, making it 15-in-1. Each of the seven bits included are double-ended professional quality bits. The bits included with The Original are: Phillips Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, Square Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, Slotted (Flat) Bit 4 and 6, and Torx Bits 10, 15, 20, and 25. Megapro model number 151NAS.


The Tamperproof

Equiparts Part #37697
This driver is a must have for tradesmen in commercial and industrial fields. It is ideal for locksmiths, electricians, and any maintenance personnel. The driver comes with fourteen double-ended security bits, including Spanners 6, 8, 10, and 12, Hex Pins 1/8, 9/64, 5/32, and 3/16,  Torx Pin Bits 10, 15, 20, 25, 27 and 30. The Megapro model number is 151TP.


The ShaftLOK

Equiparts Part #37698
The ShaftLOK driver features an innovative grooved bit design which prevents the bits from falling out of the driver. No more lost bits when they get stuck in the fastener. The driver includes fourteen double-ended bits. The bits included with the ShaftLOK are: Phillips Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3,  Square Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, Slotted (Flat) Bits 4 and 6, and Torx Bits 10, 15, 20, and 25. Megapro model number 151SL44.


Ratcheting

Equiparts Part #37702
The Ratcheting screwdriver features patent pending ZAD 8 Zinc Alloy SOLID-CORE ratchet which delivers over 225 inch pounds of torque strength. Driving fasteners is easier and faster with the Precision 28 tooth ratchet design and rubberized cushion grip handle. The driver comes with six double-ended professional quality bits. The bits included are: Phillips Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, Square Bits 1 and 2, Slotted (Flat) Bits 4 and 6, and Torx Bits 10, 15, 20, and 25. Megapro model number 211R2C36RD.

The HVAC

Equiparts Part #37710
This screwdriver is a must-have for any HVAC technician. It is a high quality tool that also saves space. This driver features 6 double-ended bits which include:Phillips Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, Phillips DoubleLok Bit 2, Slotted (Flat) Bits 3, 4, 5, and 6, as well as 5.5 and valve stem bits. The driver also comes with a Square Awl Reamer bit which is great for piercing through sheet metal. Megapro model number 141HVAC-U.

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The Outdoor

Equiparts Part #38187
This driver is specifically for rugged outdoor use. It can be used on ATVs, snowmobiles, and more! The handle is made with a multi-resin molding process which makes it nearly indestructible and great for outdoor use. The driver is great for in the field situations like emergency repairs or maintenance. Included with the driver are six double ended bits plus a round awl to undo soaked or over tightened rope knots. Just like the drivers listed above, the shaft of this driver can be used as a 1/4″ Hex Driver. The bits included with this rugged driver are: Phillips Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, Square Bits 1 and 2, Torx Bits 10, 15, 20, and 25, and Flat Bits 4 and 6. Megapro model 151OUTDOOR.

Add Ons that help make your job easier

High Intensity Work Light

Equiparts Part #37680
This compact, high-intensity LED work light produces a powerful floodlight to make your everything in your work space easier to see. The housing of the work light is rugged and water resistant, which makes it last longer. It has a quality on and off push button, and a molded clip allows the work light to be secured in your pocket. This work light also has a magnetic swivel base, allowing it to cling to metal surfaces, and turn in any direction. It uses three AAA batteries to power the six super-bright light emitting diodes. Megapro model #6WORKLIGHT.


Locking Extensions

Equiparts Part #37700 (6″ Extension Pictured) | Equiparts Part #37699 (10″ Extension)
These locking extensions are great for getting into those hard to reach places. The 6 inch and 10 inch extensions both lock into the ShaftLOK screwdriver shaft with a 0.375 inch minimum clearance. For getting into those extremely hard to reach places, you can link multiple extensions together for a longer reach. Megapro model 6EXT-SL6-C for the 6 inch Extension and 6EXT-SL10-C for the 10 inch extension.

 

Other Specialized Drivers

Listed below are a collection of unique drivers that are specialized for different situations or professions. If you would like to order any of these drivers or any other that Megapro carries, please give us a call at 800-442-6622 M-F 730AM-5PM.

Automotive Ratcheting

Equiparts Part #37721 
This 13-in-1 ratcheting screwdriver is a must-have for professional auto mechanics, or anyone who regularly works on cars. The magnetic shaft is constructed from 303 stainless steel. The 28-tooth ratchet design allows you to drive with speed and ease. The handle has a rubberized cushion grip for comfort.  Like the drivers above, the shaft can be used as a 1/4″ Hex Driver. The driver includes 12 one-inch bits made of S2 industrial grade steel which are ideal for use on automotive screws.The bits included with this driver are: Phillips Bits 1, 2, and 3, Square Bit 2, Slotted (Flat) Bits 4 and 6, and Torx Bits 10, 15, 20, 25, 27, and 30. Megapro model 211R1C36RD.

Electronic

Equiparts Part #37727
This unique screwdriver is built specifically for service technicians in the electronics field. It comes with seven double ended professional bits, making it fourteen bits in total! The shaft of the driver can be used as a 1/4″ Hex Driver. The bits included with this driver are: Square Bits 1 and 2, Torx Pin Bits 10 and 15, Spanner Bits 6, 8, 10, and 12, Phillips Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, and Slotted (Flat) Bits 4 and 6. Megapro model 151ELEC.

 

The Elevator

This screwdriver is designed exclusively for elevator service technicians. The bit cartridge contains a mix of tamperproof and standard bits. The handle is specially made to be durable and drop resistant. The seven double-ended professional bits included with this driver are: Torx Pin Bits 10, 15, 20, and 25, Spanner Bits 6, 8, 10, 12, Phillips Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, and Flat Bits 4 and 6. The shaft of this driver, like the others listed above, can also be used as a 1/4″ Hex Driver. Megapro model 151ELEV.


The Jobsite

Equiparts Part #38189
This driver is designed for use while on the job. It has a yellow handle which helps it to stick out in a toolbox or on a tool belt. This 15 in 1 driver includes the following bits: Phillips Bits 0, 1, 2, and 3, Hex Bits 1/8, 9/64, 5/32, and 3/16, Torx Bits 10, 15, 20, and 25, and Flat Bits 4 and 6. When there is no bit in the shaft, the shaft itself can be used as a 1/4″ Hex Driver. The combination of different bits included with this driver gives it the ability to fix pneumatic power tools while on the job. Megapro model 151JOBSITE.

MegaproDisplay1Megapro Information

Megapro officially started in 1994, driven by inventor Hermann Fruhm’s concept of creating a better storage solution for screwdriver bits by placing them inside the driver handle. This was an innovative idea, and would help solve the problem of missing bits while on the job. After numerous prototypes and sketches, the first Megapro screwdriver was created in the early 1990s. Its patented features quickly gained market success, and many users saw and appreciated the quality of the screwdriver as well as how easy it was to use. There are over twenty different variations of the screwdriver, each one designed specifically for a different type of job. Today, Megapro continues to grow domestically, and their international reach is also expanding.

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Commercial Faucet Aerator Guide

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to cut down on water usage, adding water-saving aerators to your faucets is an excellent way to do just that. Consider that home and business owners pay for water three times: once to bring it into the building, once to heat it, and once to dispose of it. Think about the number of customers at your restaurant, guests at your hotel, or students at your school, and you’ll realize how expensive water usage can be. Swapping water-saving aerators into your faucets is a simple way to save a lot of money on your utility bills.

cache aerator on faucet with keyHow Do Aerators Work?

Aerators work by mixing air into the water stream, thus breaking one large stream of water into multitudes of tiny streams. This means less water coming out of the faucet without sacrificing water pressure.

Why Install Aerators in Your Facility’s Faucets?

Aerators reduce the amount of water coming out of your faucets, and so your water bills will be lower. Along with being cost-effective, installing water-saving aerators is one of the easiest things you can do to make your home, office, or commercial building more efficient. They can be installed and ready for use in seconds! Adding air into the water stream also helps reduce splashing, and will cut down on wet restroom floors. This can help prevent slip and fall accidents, and make your facility more appealing. View Aerator Identification Chart.

 

Faucet Aerators Q&A

How Do I Choose an Aerator for my Faucet?sloan-faucet-aerator

There are several things to consider when selecting an aerator. GPM (gallons per minute), thread type, thread size, flow type, and style are the main factors. Different flow types include aerated, laminar, and spray. Laminar flow is recommended in hospitals and other health care facilities, and spray is used mainly in kitchen faucets. There are also vandal resistant styles available.

How Do I Determine Whether I Need a Male or Female Aerator?sloan-faucet-aerator

When you see the threads on the outside of the faucet, you have a male faucet and therefore need a female aerator. If the threads are located inside of the faucet, then you need a male aerator.

How to Determine Correct Aerator Size

There is an easy trick to determining which aerator size is needed to fit your faucet, and it just involves some spare basys-faucet-aeratorchange. A dime has a diameter of .705 inches and will fit on the threads of 13/16 size aerators, which have a diameter of .8125 inches. A nickel has a diameter of .835 inches. A nickel will fit on the threads of a 15/16 size aerator, which has a diameter of .9375 inches.

Is There a Universal Aerator?

There is a dual aerator that has threads on both the outside and inside of the aerator. This enables the spout to fit both male and female threaded faucets.  Dual thread aerators come in a variety of flow rates, from 0.35 to 2.2 GPM in 15/16” size only.

How Do I Install a Faucet Aerator?

Most aerators come ready to install, but some do not. For example, when using the female threads of dual aerators, you will need to remove one of the inside washers to expose the internal threading.

When Should I Replace My Aerator?

If the flow from your faucet is trickling out or only coming out of one side of the spout, then your aerator is likely clogged and needs to be either cleaned or replaced. The length of time your aerator lasts is determined by the quality of your water, how often the faucet is used, and other situational factors.

How Do I Remove an Aerator?

Unscrew male and female threaded aerators by turning the aerator counter clockwise. In most cases, when the aerator is not vandal resistant, you should be able to remove it with your hands. Tools will not be needed. However, if an aerator is very tight, you may need to use a non-marking wrench to remove the aerator. We recommend using a non-marking wrench because a regular wrench might mar the faucet or aerator. If the aerator spins and does not become loose when turned, then the aerator is likely vandal-resistant and requires a key for removal. If you look at the face of the aerator and you see two slots on opposite sides of the aerator, it is most likely a vandal-resistant type. The slots are where a special key is inserted in order to remove the aerator. Cache aerators also require a key for removal.

How Do I Figure Out Which Aerator to Get if My Faucet Doesn’t Have One?

If you are missing the aerator for your faucet, then determining the correct replacement aerator for that unit can be difficult. You can try searching with the manufacturer number of your faucet, or you can reach out to us at Equiparts to help you figure out which aerator likely fits your faucet.

How Do I Unclog an Aerator?

To unclog an aerator, you can soak it in vinegar and water or CLR (calcium lime remover) to remove any dirt, particles, calcium, or lime build-up.

How to Reduce Splash from My Faucet Stream?

Splash from your faucet can occur for a variety of reasons. Shallow or beveled basins, as well as angled faucet spouts can make splashing from the faucet stream more likely. One way to reduce or stop splash from happening is by decreasing the faucet’s flow rate. This can be done by installing an aerator with a lower GPM.

General Rules of Thumb

  • • Most kitchen faucets will require a 15/16 male thread aerator cache-aerator-faucetwith 2.2 GPM.
  • • Most commercial faucets will fit 13/16 or 15/16 sized aerators. They will likely use vandal proof style aerators that can only be removed with a key.
  • • Most residential faucets will use 13/16 sized aerators or smaller.
  • • Laminar flow aerators are used primarily in hospitals because they do not mix air in with the water.
  • • Cache Aerators, which are hidden within the head of faucets, are new style aerators that only fit in newer model faucets due to the different thread diameter they have. View Cache aerators or get help deciding which Cache aerators to purchase with this Cache Aerator and Kit GPM Diagram.

Where to Buy Commercial Faucet Aerators

Commercial aerators cannot be purchased at big-box stores. Vandal-resistant aerators, specialty thread aerators, and manufacturer-specific aerators are also usually not found in home improvement stores since they are designed for commercial applications. In some instances, faucets require an aerator designed specifically for that faucet or manufacturer. For example, gooseneck Chicago Faucets have a special thread that requires a specific Chicago aerator. This is also the case with Symmons and Speakman commercial faucets and aerators as well. Some Kohler faucets require a specialized ⅜ IPS thread.

Aerators at Equiparts

You can find any commercial (and residential) aerator you need at Equiparts. We carry all of the most popular sizes and commercial brands, including Chicago, Sloan, Central Brass, Symmons, Moen, as well as residential faucet manufacturers like Kohler and Delta. We also have a variety of specialized aerators in stock, and we ship nationwide. Take a look at the Clickable Aerator PDF below and click through to view the aerator listing on our website. 

In addition to water-saving aerators, Equiparts carries many other products that are designed to reduce water consumption and make your facility more energy efficient. Order your water-saving products today by requesting a quote on our website, or by calling us toll-free at 800-442-6622 Monday-Friday, 7:30AM-5:00PM EST.

 

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