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.
Here is a brief video showing how easy it is to fasten a 2×4 to steel using your Hilti, Ramset, Simpson or DeWalt powder actuated tool. In the video we are using a Ramset Cobra, the Ramset SP178 Power Point pin and a red power load. A few words of caution: Safety first, make sure you have appropriate safety apparel including safety glasses and hearing protection. Don’t get to close to the end of your 2×4 or it may split. Also, keep in mind that the Ramset SP178 pins are not for use in treated lumber. Check out the video below and watch through the end to see the slow motion side shot, it’s kind of cool. You can find the pins online at ConstructionFastening.Net
The DeWalt 50376 rod hanger is designed for use in P.A.T. (powder actuated tools) like Ramset, Hilti, Simpson and DeWalt. The hanger features a 1/4″-20 rod coupler fastened to a ceiling clips with a 1-1/8″ pin with a .300 head installed. This hanger works well for suspending bridle rings, drop rods, j-hooks and more. After you shoot the hanger to the concrete deck, you have 1/4-20 female threads hanging from overhead. Whatever you have that can be attached with standard 1/4-20 hardware could ultimately be fastened to the hanger. The DeWalt 50376 rod hanger fits most powder actuated tools. Depending on the tool and what you are fastening, you may be able to pre assemble it to the hanger before you attach it. For instance, many tools will accept the hanger with a bridle ring or threaded rod pre attached. It really just depends on the muzzle end of your tool. We have a brief video below and you can find the DeWalt 50376 rod hanger online at ConstructionFastening.Net
If you are using hammer on flange clips to mount to I beams or bar joists, we have them on hand. The most common is the 1/8/-1/4″ size, meaning it is designed to hammer on to a 1/8″ to 1/4″ size horizontal flange. Typical applications are suspending signs, fixtures, lighting, cable runs and speakers. Really anything you want to suspend with grid wire, jack chain or cable. We put together a conversion chart for our part #HOK24 below. If you are using hammer on flange clips from Caddy, B-Line, Garvin or Minerallac, you will see the direct conversion on the chart below. You can find the HOK24 Hammer On Flange Clip at ConstructionFastening.Net.
What are the two most expensive fasteners in the world? You might have one of them on your shelf right now, the other I know you don’t have. The first most expensive fastener in the world is the wrong one. I still see enough guys using the wrong fastener or at the very least one that is a poor choice for the job. For instance, wedge anchors in hollow wall, lead or zamac anchors overhead and the wrong length Tapcon anchors to name just a few. Usually, they become expensive right away when you try to install and find out they won’t hold and you have to find something that will. Sometimes, they become very expensive down the line if they fail! The expense can range from sending a tech to reattach something to much, much worse. Read up on the Big Dig Ceiling Collapse for some sobering information on what the wrong anchor can cost. Make sure the anchors you install are correct for the application or they be much more expensive than you thought.
The second most expensive fastener in the world I know you don’t have. That’s the fastener you don’t have but you need now. It always amazed how one or two boxes of anchors can bring a multi-million dollar to a screeching halt. I have driven up to sites with five or six techs sitting on boxes of cable waiting for the fasteners to start the install, because they didn’t have the fasteners needed to work! Fasteners are such a small percent of the budget that many times they are often overlooked, or assumptions are made of how the install will be done or who is supplying the fasteners. So now the scramble begins. We ship many packages each week via UPS air to get the fasteners to a site to keep the job going. While it’s not my money being spent on the shipping, it still pains me to see cost to ship an item rival the cost of the product itself. And it can get even more expensive when you find what you need has a lead time or is on a nationwide backorder. Extra shipping, techs not being able to work and unexpected product delays start making the fastener you don’t have very expensive.
The Takeaway. So how do you avoid spending money on the two most expensive fasteners in the world. Know what the right fastener is for the job. Partner with a supplier that knows the application or is at least willing to do a little research and make sure you are using the right fastener. Keep a stock on hand or in your guy’s trucks. Again, not having what you need on hand can get expensive very fast. And don’t’ just keep the standard items on hand. If you see a tool or fastener that you think you may need someday, or you could have used on that one job, buy it! It will be much cheaper now than when you don’t have it.
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