For just a bit more than what you will pay for an 8’ extension pole with shipping for your Ramset or Hilti tool, you can get the STIFFY PAT tool and a telescopic pole tool that extends from 4’ – 12’. If you prefer, you can get a 6’-18’ telescopic pole as well. The STIFFY tool is a .27 caliber strip tool and is designed exclusively for overhead fastening. In fact, the only real knock on the tool is that it will only shoot up. The tool is lightweight and very simple to operate and maintain. If you can work with the 4’-12’ pole, it will collapse and fit in most gang boxes with the tool attached. One real advantage of the STIFFY/Telescopic pole combo is you don’t’ have a lever to fire the tool. You simply press the tool against the concrete deck to fasten. Now picture if you have a fixed length extension pole and your ceiling is just a little shorter. You may be bending over to fire the tool!
Vertical flange clips are used for by the trades for suspending ceilings, electrical and cable runs, lighting, signage and more. There are a couple of different types, this post is will cover the C clip purlin. A C purlin has a vertical flange that sticks straight up 90 degrees. The VOH14 C Purlin Clip will work on C purlins of up to 1/4″ as well as the vertical flange on a bar joist up to 1/4″ thick. Applications for a c purlin clip include suspending cable, j hooks, grid wire, jack chain and more. You have a couple of installation options to consider including options to install the clip from the floor. There are even installation options that will allow you to install the clip and tie ceiling grid wire to the clip while installing the clip, all from the floor.
The Ramset Viper 4 Tool is designed specifically for overhead fastening into concrete. We have been selling and servicing the Viper 4 since it was released and so I want to share a little real life info on the tool that will let you know what to expect and get the most out of the tool.
The MCS11 hanger is designed for MC or BX cable and will also work with armored fiber and data cable. You have likely seen a few different mc cable hanger supports on the market. The MCS11 is really one of the most basic and versatile designs. With it’s 1/4-20″ mounting point, you can add a beam clamp, hammer on clamp, shooter clip, bar joist clip or a Sammy Screw threaded rod hanger and support the hanger from just about anything. You can see a few samples in the image.. As an added bonus, you will find it very competitively priced compared to what is currently offered. The overall dimensions of the MCS11 MC Cable Support Hanger is 11″ and will hold up to 10 cables. Visit our site for more information. You can see them at ConstuctionFastening.Net
The Hilti ® SD5000-A22 Screw Gun is cordless drywall screw gun typically used for attaching drywall to metal and wood studs. Adding a magazine and collated screws can really increase the speed of the tool. Typically a seasoned drywaller will scoff at collated screw guns but they have their place. There are times when you simply don’t have both hands available to load screws until you are tacked off. One of those times maybe overhead. If you are looking to make your Hilti SD5000-A22 screw gun even more useful, check out the SGP Screw Gun Pole. The tool is designed to reduce common fatigue from overhead drywall installation, in particular your neck and shoulders. Check out the flyer below or click here to learn more and see a short video of the tool in action.
Using a j-hook mounted to a multi clip or batwing as they are known in the trades is a fast secure way to suspend your cable runs. We offer j-hooks with bat wings in 3/4″, 2″ and 4″ inch sizes. J-hooks with bat wings are super easy to install to grid wire, pencil rod and all thread. They are rated for up to 1/4″ all thread but I have some guys who have used them on 3/8″ in a pinch. To install, just squeeze the bat wing and position on the rod or wire. They will grab tight and stay in position for you. Bat wing j-hooks are especially useful when you want to suspend multiple cable runs on one hanger. you can space them where you need them. If you have mounted j hooks with angle brackets on threaded rod before you know it can be time consuming to thread a nut up the rod, place the j hook and then spin another nut up to lock in place. Now do it two more times! So yes, j-hooks with bat wings offer a speed advantage. Another plus is if you need to come back and add another run. If you already have a suspended support wire in place already, you can just clip another j-hook on and you are good to go. Below is a short video of our j-hooks with batwings. you can also find more info and other cable supports on our e-commerce site ConstrucitonFastening.Net
The DeWalt 50213-PWR CSI Spiral Ceiling Clip/Pin is another ceiling clip worth giving a try if you are looking to improve your stick rate in tough situations. The 50213-PWR CSI pin has a beefy .157 spiral shank. That’s about 8 percent thicker than a standard ceiling clip which means it’s less likely to turn or fish hook. That means a better stick rate. The DeWalt CSI Pin/Clips are made for use in most powder actuated tools including DeWalt, Hilti, Ramset, Powers, Simpson and others. Over the years we have had opportunity to trouble shoot a lot of powder actuated tools. What we have found is that upgraded pins like the DeWalt CSI clips are well worth trying. What we stock and sell locally in MN as our everyday pin is what some vendors would consider as premium. While some jobs, like concrete over metal concrete are super easy to shoot even with an economy pin, you should have at least have a better pin on hand when your stick rate starts to drop.
Want to give the DeWalt 50213-PWR a try for yourself? Visit our sample request page here and we will get a handful out for you to try. Visit our e-commerce to order the DeWalt 50213-PWR ceiling clip and find more info including performance data.