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.
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
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 PBC beam clamp is a great choice for any application where you want to attach something to an I-beam or bar joist using 1/4-20 hardware. Ideal for bridle rings, j-hooks, drop rods, cameras, access points and more. Check out a brief interview in the video below. Available online at ConstructionFastening.Net
If you are using one of the collated drywall screw guns from Hilti, Milwaukee, DeWalt or Makita, you know they can save some serious time. Now you can mount the tool on a pole tool for overhead use. Check the video below and see if the SGP Screw Gun Pole would make your life a little easier. Available in two different lengths. Click here to learn more on the SGP Screw Gun Poles for collated drywall screw guns.
Adhesive anchoring or chemical anchoring has been around for some time. It offers some of the highest strength anchoring available in concrete. It used to be a little tricky to use but products like the Simpson Strongtie AT-XP10 makes it much easier. The AT-XP10 can be used in any good quality 10-ounce caulk tool. The better install tool is the CDT10S that Simpson offers. It has a better ratio and is well built. If you are just going to do a couple installs a good quality caulk gun will work just fine. While the tube looks like a single tube, it is a two-part formula, there is an inner tube that contains the hardener.
Installation is simple. Drill your hole and prepare by blowing the hole, brushing the hole, and then blowing one more time. Just remember blow, brush, blow. Your goal is to knock off the dust and loose particles of the side wall of the hole. Now install the nozzle on the cartridge of AT-XP10. Dispense some of the material until you can see one consistent color. Fill the hole to about 2/3 or so and twist the rod in. You goal is to have the chemical just oozing out of the hole. Once the adhesive fully sets you are good to go. The product comes with one nozzle, which will do the entire tube: IF YOU DON’T STOP! Depending on the temperature, you will have about 4-5 minutes or less before the chemical starts hardening in the nozzle. So, obviously the trick is to get all your holes laid out cleaned and ready to roll before you start.
The video below gives you a nice overview of the product and installation. We have a customer that uses chemical anchoring and routinely uses a 5/8”-11 x 8” 304 stainless steel cut stud in his application. So, we started stocking them for him and now have them on our website if that size fits the bill.
This is just a basic overview of the Simpson Strongtie ATXP10. You can find more information including test data and design recommendations at Simpson Strongtie. You can find the AT-XP10 along with extra nozzles, injector tools and pre cut all thread studs at ConstructionFastening.Net
Our 3/4" j hooks our UL listed and feature a built in closure. See how it works in the video.
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.