Overhead Fastening


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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