Overhead Fastening

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Extension Pole For The DeWalt DeWALT® DCF620We now offer an extension to fit the DeWALT® DCF620. When couple that with the DCF6202 Magazine attachment, you can quickly screw off drywall overhead. The SGP screw gun extension pole tool comes in two lengths. The SGP-3 extends from 3′-6′ in 2″ increments. The SGP-4 extends from 4′-8′ in 2″ increments.

So you may think what is the advantage of a screw gun like the DeWalt DCF620 on an extension pole? After all, you have to go the ceiling to install the drywall. That is true, but consider a couple of points. First off, if you can have one crew tack up the panel, move along and then have a second crew on the floor screwing it off, you have cut your man hours on ladders, carts and lifts substantially. Holding a screw gun overhead generates a lot of fatigue especially in the shoulders and neck. With the SGP extension poles for your screw gun, you won’t be holding your screw gun overhead and then bracing with your other hand on the ceiling. With the screw gun on a pole tool you will also be further away from the work surface as well as any debris or dust that may result.

The drywall application is just one of the uses for the SGP extension poles for screw guns. One thing we have found with any of the specially extension poles we have offered is that our customers are very resourceful and find many uses that we have never thought of! While we don’t currently offer the DeWALT® DCF620 or the DCF6202, you can rind them easily online at Amazon or other retailers. The SGP screw gun pole has been tested to fit the following tools: Hilti® SD 5000-A22 w/ Magazine attachment, DeWALT® DCF620 w/ DCF6202 Magazine attachment, Milwaukee® M18 Fuel 2866-20 w/ Magazine attachment 49-20-0001, Makita° XSF03 w/ Magazine attachment 01519.  Visit our online store, to shop for the SGP Screw Gun Poles.
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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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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.

Rack A Tier Catalog
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Sammy X-Press XPKIT Install Tool.  Now you can install the Sammy X-Press anchors from the floor with the Sammy XPKIT set.  Now, right from the start, I want to warn you, the kit is expensive but please read on before you give up.  The first time you bought Sammy Express anchors you were shocked at the price as well but now you buy them by the case.  They save so much time and money and so will the XPKIT tool.  Considering what you pay for a lift rental for a couple of days, not to mention the delivery charge as well as the safety factor, the tool ends up being free after a use.  So here how it works.

The kit comse with just the fittings for a pole tool.  The pole it self you supply, standard 3/4″ EMT.  You can cut it to lenght or if you need a longer pole than, a coupling is included to join two pieces of EMT.  The video runs through it very will.  Simply attach the fittings to each end of the EMT and you the Sammy XKPIT is ready to roll.  There are fittings to make one pole tool with a drill bit and one with the driver.  Now your install process is pretty much like you would do with a standard XPIT tool, just on a pole.  Drill your hole with the drill pole then switch to the driver pole, add your all thread to the Sammy Express anchor and install.  The little arm on the driver will stop at the rib of the deck and the anchor will set.  Again, the vidoe shows it really well.  The install tool will work with both the standard and the swivel versison.

Anyone who has used the Sammy Exprss anchors realize what a great anchor it really is.  Your installed cost versus using strut, beam clamps and miscellaneous hardware is much lower.  Add the Sammy X-Press XPKIT pole tool set and save even more.  Find the Sammy Express anchors and tool kits on our e-commerce site here.



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.



Construction Fastening Systems deals with all of the trades but we have a very strong prescence in the voice/data, security and low voltage trades.  We didn’t set out to be there, but customer requests made it clear that there was a need for it.  Over the years we have worked with many voice/data contractors to solve their install issues.  So whether you are looking for a very basic cable support or a way to mount that support, we likely have what you are looking for.  Below you will find some key products for the cabling trades.  If you run into a difficult application, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-877-212-2377 or contact us via our contact page.  We would be happy to help!


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Basic J-Hooks.  For years we had requests for j hooks from our customers.  Finally one of our suppliers a produced a generic UL listed j hook in the standard sizes.  Available in 3/4″, 1-5/16″, 2″ and 4″ sizes. These continue to be one of our best sellers.  They are available in a variety of configurations to fit your install.  They have a great price point and as a day in day out cable support, they will save you money.  While most of our customers are using hook and loop to secure the bundles, a plastic retainer is available for the 1-5/16″ and 2″ sizes.


The Arlington Loop.  The Arlington Loop is a plastic hanger approved for use in air handling spaces.  We were one of the first distributors in the midwest to champion the loop.  The Loop is available in a 2″, 2-1/2″ and 5″ size.  Cost and flexibility is one of the reasons why the Arlington Loop has been a big mover for us. We make a few different custom versions including one with a hammer on clamp for flanges and beams as well as one with a multi clip or bat wing for grabbing on to grid wire.  We do a lot with nation wide rollout projects that we build the hammer on version by the pallet.  Learn more about the Arlington Loop here.


Pre-tied Ceiling Clips.  This is another product a customer begged us to make for him.  He needed 300 to suspend a cable run.  Well we gave in and now we tie thousands upon thousands!  Many are shooting up a grid wire and then twisting on a j-hook or Arlington Loop.  Some are adding a second cable hanger up the grid with a bat wing or multi clip.  Shipping can be a challenge.  We encourage you to buy in packs of 200 as the shipping is virtually the same.  A second option for you is to buy one of our hand wire twisters and make what you need as you go.  A word of caution.  If you are tying on clips for your Ramset or Hilti tool, make sure you use a quality clip like the Ramset SPC78 or SPC114 for a better “stick” rate.  You can find them here.


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The Simpson-Strongtie THD50234RH rod hanger for 1/2″ rod in concrete is an excellent atlernative for suspening 1/2″ threaded rod in overhead.  If you are dropping 1/2″ rod from concrete overhead for cable tray, fixtures or HVAC applications, this is an anchor you may want to check out.  You may be used to using 1/2″ drop in anchors, drilling a 5/8″ hole and then trying to hammer with the set tool overhead to set the anchor.  I have done it, not fun!  Watch the video on the Simpson THD50234RH rod hanger, it is super easy to install.  Just drill a 3/8″ hole to a minimum depth of 3″, blow the hole and drive in the hanger using an impact driver and a 11/16″ socket.  While the initial cost may be higher than a drop in anchor, you will easily make it up in time, especially when you drop the set tool and have to climb down the ladder and grab it, again.  It is safe to say, you tech’s cost you $1 a minute, likely more.  It won’t take much to recoop cost.

One of the originators of the overhead rod hanger fasteners was Sammy Screws.  While they offer a concrete rod hanger for 1/4″ and 3/8″ threaded rod, they do not have  choice for the 1/2″ rod.  The THD50234RH is desigend arount the tried and true Titen HD series of anchors.  Unlinke the Sammy Screws, you do not need a special driver, just an 11/16″ socket and your impact driver.  This is one of those anchors you may hesitate to try, again, the initial cost is higher, but once you try them, you will keep using them.  They really are much more user friendly!


Construction Fastening Systems, Inc.

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

cfsdelivers.com

contact@cfsdelivers.com

Serving the entire U.S.

Based In Twin Cities, MN



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