Cable Management

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Stiffy Tool Powder Actuated ToolThe Stiffy Tool has been around for a while, and we have just added it to our site.  Let me share a few things that we really like about the Stiffy Tool and why you may want to consider it for your next powder actuated tool for overhead work.

When I say the Stiffy Tool (sorry that is its real name) has been around for some time, I am not kidding.  The tool itself goes back decades.  First it was red in it’s Steelcon version, then Ramset grabbed it and turned it orange.  CEAS attachments has this old standby in gray.  It is a time proven time-tested design that is quiet, lightweight and super easy to service in the field.  So here is what we like about the Stiffy Tool.

First and foremost, the tool is time tested and reliable.  The fact that it is lightweight, quiet, and easy to service when need are all real plusses.  To see what I think are a couple of the big advantages of the Stiffy Tool, you have to look  a little deeper.  First, it is a bump fire tool.  That means there is no trigger, you simply deliberately raise the tool up to the work surface and push up and the tool fires.  It is a true bump fire tool as there is no trigger slide like on the Ramset Viper 4 or a lever like some other tools that can be adapted to a pole tool.   That means you can mount the tool to a telescopic pole tool.  The telescopic pole tool means you can collapse the tool to 4’ and fit it in your gang box.  When needed, you can extend the pole tool up to 12’.  Or you can get a 6’-18’ telescopic pole if you have taller ceilings.

We recommend the Lagmaster Plus pole tool that has interchangeable heads.  So, while you would have a telescopic pole for your Stiffy Tool, you could change the head and now you can install eye lags into wood or steel, install and tie bar joist and purlin clips as well as Sammy Screws from the floor.  The combination of the Stiffy Tool and the Lagmaster Plus will allow you to handle most any type of ceiling  you are suspending  grid wire.  Of note as well is the manual load advance which will cut down on you skipped load count.

Shooting wood with the Stiffy Tool.  By switching to the wood nose piece (sold separately) you can suspend from wood structure with the tool.  The special timber clip and pin is ring shanked and is designedStiffy Tool Ramset Timber Pins specifically for this application.

Cons for the tool.  I would be hard pressed to offer any complaints on the Stiffy.  Yes, it is only an overhead tool, but that is what makes it so good at what it does.  The piston is a gravity return so you will need to clean the tool a little more often, but it is easy to do.  The load advance is manual which some see to not like but truly it lowers your skipped load count and really is a simple thing.

You can find the Stiffy Tool along with the Lagmaster Plus pole, clips, pins, loads and parts online at ConstrucgtionFastening.Net


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If you are installing fire alarm cable or other life safety systems, the HPH series of j hooks in red may be just what you are looking for.  These red j-hooks are available 1″ and 2″ sizes and a variety of pre assembled styles.  Espeically popular is the Red HPH 1″ j hook with a multi clip or “bat wing” attached.  These clips will clip on to pencil rod, grid wire and 1/4-20 all thread and stay put.  The built in closure keeps the cable in place and can be reopened to add more cable.  The Red HPH j hook cable supports are UL listed, TIA compliant and approved for use in air handling spaces.  The standard HPH hook in red is a good choice for running the wall.  You can mount them with any number of screws depending on the wall.  The mounting hole in the hook will accept up to 1/4″ standard hardware.  For concrete walls, you can use nailin anchor, blue cones, Tapcon or if you have a Hilti or Ramset tool, you can shoot them up with a pin.  I would go with a 1″ pin with a washer.  If you are mounting direct to the ceiling, the j hooks can be assembled to an angle bracket and the screw or fastener of your choice.

While red j hooks may not be a requirement, they will not only keep you cable separate but will make your install stand out from the others.  Some low voltage contractors who are running multiple systems will utilize the same support rod or wire and split the systems out by color.  Maybe using the blue HPH j hooks for voice and data, a white HPH j hook for sound masking or other applications and then adding the Red HPH j hook for alarm work.

The HPH series of j hooks offers the best fit and finish in the industry and continue to grow in popularity.  If you would like a sample of the Red HPH j-hooks, click here and fill out our sample request form.


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From time to time we have our customers request white j hooks.  While we don’t we don’t offer a white j hook per se, we do handle the HPH series of j hooks that are for the most part white.  While you can see the metal backbone of the j hook, they are white for the most part.  If your customer is asking for a white j hook because they want a nice clean finished look in their exposed application, the HPH series of j hooks may fit the bill.  They are available in 1″, 2″, 3″ and 4″ sizes and are offered with a variety of attachements pre assembled to speed your install.  The HPH white j hooks are UL listed, TIA compliant and have a built in retaining latch.  A key feature of the HPH hooks is that they are ready available.  If you have tried shopping for white j hooks, you were likely as shocked by the lead time as the price!  You can find more info here on our ecommerce site.  Would you like a sample?  Click here and fill out our sample request form.

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Looking for a the best price point and options on a UL listed j-hook for you install?  Check out our JH series of j hooks.  The JH series of j hooks is available in 3/4″, 1-5/16″, 2″ and 4″ sizes.  The 3/4″ has a built in closure and the 1-51/16″ and 2″ are now packed with a cable retainer that easily snaps in place.  Check out our catalog for a huge selection of pre built hooks!


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You may be familiar with the Rack A Tiers cable dispenser.  These handly little spool supports have been around for years and are favorite of many tradesman in the electrical, security and voice/data fields.  They are super simple and knock down to an easy to store rack, especially important as many service vehicles get smaller and smaller.  But there is so much more to the Rack A Tier line of products.  Their catalog is worth a look for not only some standard tools like fish tapes, fish sticks, benders and drivers but some other really cool items.  For instance, the dust bowl.  A simple flexible bowl that catches debris as you drill overhead.  Or the Ferret Pro camera that will mount on a pull rod to help you see what you are dealing with in confined areas.  The Bumper Balls I didn’t quite grasp until I saw an image of just what they do.  They keep your flexible bits where they belong inside the wall!  A simple but affective solution.

Now I will admit, some of the items in the catalog just don’t do it for me or seem like they are trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist.  Still, the catalog is worth a look through.  We will be stocking some basic Rack A Tiers items on our website and will add as the demand is there.  Browse through the Rack A Tiers PDF catalog below and let us know if there is something we can help you with.

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While you don’t use them as much, 4″ j-hooks are a must have in many data cable installtions.  Many times coming out of the telecom closet you have such a large amount of cable that is simply more4" j-hooks economical to use a larger single hook over a couple of small ones.  The JH hanger series are all UL listed and stamped as such.  Some j-hooks you will see on the market will claim to be UL compliant.  That’s not the same thing.  You will find the JH64 is sturdy enough to handle your larger cable runs, rated at 50lbs.  The hook is available in a variety of different versions including the basic 4″ j hook that has a 1/4″ mounting hole that you can easily mount to many different attachments.  It is also availalbe mounted to a 1/4″ angle bracket and both hammer on and screw type beam clamps for fast secure installations.  The JH64 is also designed to fit with the HPH rail system so you can build j hook trees to your specifications on the fly.  You end up with the configuration you want for your install.  For instance.  Rather than four 4″ j hooks on a tree, you could have a couple of 4″ on the bottom and a couple of 2″ on the top.  You can see a videof how quickly you can build what you want below.

4 inch j-hookWe have always been a company that sells on service and innovation, not price.  But I think you will find the four inch j-hooks we offer fit a very nice price point in comparison to the competition.  The biggest complaint we have had with our j hooks, or for our company for that matter is that we only have the one location!  That is true, however we are still finding that we can often times provide better service across the county than many local suppliers offer.  J-hooks tend to be a last minute thought on many jobs and we get that.  By offering a quality, UL listed 4″ j-hook, the abiltity to customize your install on the fly and offering true customer service, our goal is to make it as easy as possible to have what you need for the job.  See the complete line up of JH series j-hooks here.




We know that once you see our HPH series J-hooks first hand, you will recognize that they offer the best fit and finish in the industry.  UL listed for air handling spaces and TIA compliant.  Available in 1″,2″,3″ & 4″ sizes in a variety of colors.  Aslo available pre assembled to clips, beam clamps, trees and more.  Request your sample by clicking the button below and enter sample HPH in the notes.




Fastening to bar joists, I beams or any type of flange is easy with a hammer on flange clip or beam clamp. These fasteners are often referred to as a smash or hammer on beam clamps or clips. There are a few variations available depending on your application. Whatever the application, knowing the thickness of the flange will help you select the right size clip or clamp. If you are mounting to a bar joist, likely a 1/8″ to 1/4″ sized clip will work. The next most common would be sized for thicker flanges like I beams sized at 5/16″ to 1/2″.

If you are doing something simple like suspending grid wire or jack chain for lighting or signage etc., a simple hammer on clip like our HOK24 or HOK58 will do the job. Both have a 1/4″ hole for an S hook, tie wrap or up to a 1/4″ bolt. You can use these for mounting j hooks but you will be limited to running with the iron. Read more below on the hammer on beam clamps if you want to run against or at a diagonal across the iron.

If you would like to mount a bridle ring, box, j hook, fixture or drop a 1/4″ rod, the FM24 or FM58 would do the trick. These are similar to the basic hammer on clips but they have a stamped 1/4″ threaded impressions to mount to. You will find these being used on many hammer on j hooks currently available. These clamps actually have two 1/4″ threaded impressions, one on the horizontal and one on the vertical making them a versatile little clamp. If you use a j hook with an angle bracket and mount to the bottom of these hammer on clamps, you will have the ability to rotate your cable hook 360 degrees to run with or against the layout of the iron or even at a diagonal.

A third option that is very popular with the low voltage and data cabling technician is the HOKFMP hammer on clamp. These clamps have a wide grip range, from 1/8″ to 1/2″ and have both a 10-24 and a 1/4-20 threaded impression. They will also accommodate most drive rings. We move a ton of these to match up to our bridle rings.

Hammer on clamps and clips are very useful little pieces of hardware, that will increase your flexibility. With their relatively low cost, it is easy to justify having a few on hand.  Visit our webstore shop our line of hammer on beam clamps, clips and more.



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Check out the full line HPH Catalog.  The HPH line of J-Hooks offer the best fit and finish in j hook supports for cable.  The HPH is UL listed, TIA compliant and approved for air handling spaces.  Available in 1″, 2″, 3″ & 4″ sizes and feature a built in latch.  Check out the wide variety of applications you can handle with the HPH.  From red iron bar joists, purlin flanges, I beams, concrete ceilings and more, you will find an HPH assembly for the job.  Now available in colors to separate out specific runs or purposes.


Construction Fastening Systems, Inc.

Specialty tools & fasteners for the trades.
952.230.7725Toll Free 1.877.212.2377

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Serving the entire U.S.

Based In Twin Cities, MN



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