DeWalt DCN890P2 Battery Concrete Nailer

DeWalt DCN890P2 battery operated concrete/steel nailer is a self contained battery operated nailer for fastening to masonry materials including concrete, block, metal decking with concrete overlay as well as steel. The tool will shoot pins from 1/2″ to 2-1/4″ in length. If you add the optional DCN8903 Stick-E Contact Trip, you can attach lathing discs, ceiling clips, EMT straps and more.

Applications & Benefits

So what are some of the benefits or applications for a battery contact nailer like the DeWalt DCN890P2? Consider a few different situations.

Hot Work. One of the first reasons we looked into handling a battery operated concrete nailer was to solve a jobsite problem for a customer. They were making fastenings into the deck in a hospital. On this site, the hospital wanted them to hande it as “hot work” if they were using a powder actuated tool. What does that mean? That means they had to lift the ceiling tile, make the fastening and wait 30 minutes before replacing. The pounding of a rotary hammer wasn’t acceptable and so the DeWalt DC890P2 was a no brainer for this application.

Simplicity. Powder actuated tools (P.A.T.) like a Ramset or Hilti tool make quick work of fastening to concrete and steel. After selling them for 25 plus years, I am very comfortable with them and their operation. However, with a P.A.T. training and certification is required. You also need to know what power level to use where and when. Gas tools like the Ramset T3 and Hilti gas tools are simply more complicated. They have more moving parts and believe it or not if you are a low volume user, they can be even more fussy. Like any engine, they want to run, not sit! The DCN890P2 tools is a simple easy to use tool. Replacing the driver is a 2 minute job site fix. You adjust driving force with a simple 3 position switch. Most jams are cleared quickly with a simple flip of a lever.

Perception. I have sold millions of powder charges for Hilti & Ramset P.A.T and while over the years I have had a few injuries reported (and they where caused by operator error) they really are a safe tool. Still there are some sites that for safety, sound or other reasons are not comfortable with P.A.T being used. Again, you may consider using a rotary hammer but now you must consider dust management and the rat a tat tat of your hammer. The DeWalt battery concrete nailer to the rescue.

Block. Unlike P.A.T. tools battery operated concrete nailers will not blow out the block. P.A.T. tools use the base material to stop the advance of the driver. The DCN890P2 tool limits the driver’s travel just like an air tool or gas nailer would. The result is no blow out of the hollows in block.

What Can The DCN890P2 Do?

To be certain, the DeWalt concrete nailer does not have the power that a P.A.T. tool can develop, but in most applications, it simply doesn’t have to. The tool competes very nicely with the Hilti BX-3 tool. The tool is finding a home in the drywall trade for track to concrete and steel. My thought is the tool really becomes a nice addition to the electrical and data comm/security trades. With the addition of the DCN8903 Stick-E Contact Trip, you can start shooting EMT straps, right angle clips and more. We are now offering right angle clips with ceiling grid wire attached for suspending light fixtures and cable runs. Lathing discs rod holders and more can be used with the Stick-E probe. An optional pole tool extension is available as well.

MagDaddy 62452 Magnetic Hook & Loop Mounts

The MagDaddy 62452 Magnetic Hook and Loop Mount allows you to quickly install hook and loop for cable support and management to metal structure. The strong magnet has a direct pull off of up to 15 lbs which is more than enough to support small runs. The MagDaddy 62452 is wide enough to handle up to 3/4″ hook and loop and is UL listed as well as plenum rated. This has to be one of the quickest cleanest ways to manage cable on metal surfaces with the added bonus of being easy to relocate and reuse.

MagDaddy Magnetic Hook & Loop Mount

So where would you use the MagDaddy 62452 hook and loop mount? Think of any application where a beam clamp and j hook just seems like over kill. Don’t forget to include the install time in these instances as well, both on the initial install and any subsequent relocation. They can be an excellent choice inside equipment where the metal is to thin to allow a screw and an adhesive mount could fail. On racks in sensitive areas, you will be able to avoid an metal shavings from self drilling screws.

MagDaddy 62452 Magnetic Hook & Loop Mount

Let’s talk for a moment about aesthetics. These really are cool little magnetic mounts! While there may be other alternatives, the above mentioned uses for the MagDaddy 62452 coupled with the clean look, fit and finish you can achieve with them make them a must have in your install kit. Often times it’s the look of your install that set’s you apart from the other guys and these will definitely add to tidy look you are trying for.

Currently the MagDaddy 62452 magnetic hook and loop mount is only available in black. A variety of other magnetic mounts are available in white. For instance the smaller mounts for tie wraps are available in white.

Buy a bag of these handy little magnetic hook and loop mounts from MagDaddy and give them a try, you will be glad you did!

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HILTI BX3 Battery Nailer For Concrete

The Hilti BX3 is a battery operated tool designed to fasten to concrete and other masonry materials as well as steel. This is really a neat little tool that is finding it’s home in a variety of trades. I’ts proving usefull not just in the drywall, electrical, mechanical trade but also in the data comm/cabling fields. The latest version, the Hilti BX3 02 is a 22 volt tool that will hold a magazine of 30 pins. Advertised performance is up to 1.3 fasteners per second and a battery life of up to 800 pins with the highest capacity battery. The selling points of the tool include the idea that you have a clean quiet tool (compared to powder) that requires no user license. Some jobs are very noise sensitive, hospitals for instance, and some just won’t allow PAT tools. Shooting down track and other straight pins is just one use. The BX3 has a unique way of attaching clips and holders for the other trades.

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The Hilti BX3 can fasten ceiling clips (including pre tied clips) rod holders, EMT straps, tie wrap straps and cable straps. Hilti recommends you use their X-FG B3-ME guide or nose piece to do this kind of work. While you may be used to loading a clip or strap in you powder actuated tools with the nail installed, the clips and straps have no nail installed. You will note they have a fluting that holds them in the nose piece and when you fire, the nail comes from the magazine. This is a nice feature if the fastening fails, just pull out the bad nail and refasten. The down side to this, is you have to use Hilti’s proprietary fasteners which can tend to keep the price up. We actually tie quite a few ceiling wires and are working with some of our customers to tie our wire to their clips for them.

Street pricing on the Hilti BX3 is up there, double or more of most powder tools, so it may not be the tool for everyone. But when a tool solves a problem for you, pricing concerns fade very quickly. If you are on the fence, you will find used ones here and there on ebay that are still in great working order and about half the price. Give it a try and if it doesn’t fit the bill, you will likely get close to what you paid for it back.

While the Hilti BX3 is the first of it’s kind, Dewalt offers the DCN891B. More to come on that tool!

Eye Bolts

Eye bolts are another item that we have sold for years that many of our contractors are surprised that we handle. They are one of those little products that you may use from time to time and usually end up running to Home Depot and try to find the right one to fit the bill.

We are selling eye bolts more and more for use when mounting sound masking equipment including speakers. They are also useful for suspending signage, heavier duct work and a variety of equipment from the ceiling or for support cables.

Installation of eye bolts is fairly straight forward. For bar joists a simple hammer on beam clamp can work. If your equipment is a little heavier, you may want a screw type beam clamp as they have more threads. For mounting to the metal deck or purlin you can use Sammy Screw type anchor. There are few variations available. Mounting to wood is easy with a Sammy Screw. To concrete, a simple drop in will secure your eye bolt. If it is post tension concrete, make sure it is a shallow drop in.

We have added a couple of the most common eye bolts to our site with full dimensions. We will be adding more so if you need anything from a 10-24 thread to a 3/8-16″ call us or send an email, we can get them.

Super Long SDS Max Hammer Bits

Looking for super long SDS MAX bits for your Hilti, Bosch, Metabo, Makita or Milwaukee hammer bits? Check these out. We have had longer max bits on our site for some time but we are adding some really, really long SDS MAX bits to our site. For instance, how about an” SDS MAX bit that will drill 5′! Well, we have them. Diameters available from 5/8″ all the way up to 1-1/2″. And if you don’t need them that long, we have them in standard lengths and other lengths as well like 36″ and 48″.

You may think when would you ever need such a long SDS MAX bit. Well…..you may be surprised. Some older buildings or additions can have several courses of block or an air space that you have to get through. I learned of an application recently that required a super long 3/4″ SDS MAX hammer drill bit. A contractor in California contacted looking for one to replace a broken one. His application? For earthquake requirements they need to add anchoring but did not have enough room to fit the rotary hammer. To accomplish the task, they come from above going through the wood structure. The longer bit was the solution he had found. I am sure there are many unique installs that come up where these longer bits will be the solution.

We do have these bits available in spline shank as well. If you are not sure what shank your hammer has, visit our site and give us a call.

Try Our Hook & Loop It’s Not Velcro!

Yes we carry hook and loop and no it’s not Velcro!  You can check out the video below put out by Velcro that explains it with a good laugh!  Now let’s talk about our hook and loop.  We offer it it black, blue and white in both 1/2″ and 3/4″ widths.  The rolls are 75′ in length.  The advantage of hook and loop in a roll versus a a pre cut strap is flexibility.   You cut just what you need, no more.  There are many applications where a standard 8″ strap will just come up short, or long for that matter.

Quality.  You can find cheap hook and loop just about anywhere online.  But the right quality for the money is always a challenge.  As a matter of fact, finding the right balance of price and quality when online shopping is a challenge with many products.  That is why we feel we have an advantage with our hook and loop and really our entire product line.   We are started as and continue to be a brick an mortar company that deals face to face with the tradesman who use our product.   We don’t put things on our site that we couldn’t sell with confidence in person.  Before we picked up our hook and loop line, we sent it around and made sure that it works well for cable management.

Selection.  We currently offer our hook and loop in three colors and two widths.  Sometimes something as simple as color can really make your cabling job pop.  Black still seems to be the go to but the white and blue really have their place.

So remember, our hook in loop is not Velcro, watch the video, the Velcro folks explain it nicely!

Jack Chain For Hanging Speakers, Light Fixtures, Signs And More

jack chain and s hooks for hangingJack chain is a great option for many installs.  The most common use for jack chain that we are seeing is for speakers used in sound masking and paging applications, light fixtures and signs.  However the list is endless of what you can hang with jack chain.  While grid wire maybe less expensive than jack chain,  the results many times simply aren’t as appealing.  Chain is easier to ship and usually comes in a 100′ box or spool that you can cut to desired length on the fly.  A good quality side cutter or a lineman’s pliers should do the job.  #12 is one of the more common sizes of jack chain and it is typically rated for 30 lbs or so.  Most speakers, signs and fixtures fall well below that and usually have more than one mounting point so it is a good choice.  Larger gauges are available as is stainless steel.

An easy way to attach your jack chain to the fixture is with simple “S” hooks.  There are many anchoring options for jack chain depending on your ceiling.  You will find hammer on clamps, bar joist clips, purlin clips, concrete anchors and eye lag screws that will all make for an easy install when used along with an “S” hook.  Many of these fasteners can be installed to the ceiling from the floor using a pole tool.  Once you attach the “S” hook to your jack chain, pinch the “S” shut with a pliers and you are set.  That line pliers we mentioned earlier would be handy now wouldn’t it!

Jack chain is one of those handy little items that you will definitely find a use for on the job and around the home.  Don’t forget to keep a supply of “S” hooks on hand as well to make you installation fast and easy.  Check us out at ConstructionFastening.Net for jack chain and a wide variety of specialty tools and fasteners for the trade including data comm, low voltage, electrical, security, signage, mechanical and more!

Cordless Metal Cutting Circular Saw Blades

Some years ago Panasonic released a 12 volt metal cutting circular saw with a 4-3/8″ blade.  My first thoughts were this looks like an as seen on TV tool.  Then they started selling and fast.  These little tools were great for cutting mild steel like strut rod and EMT.  As a matter of fact, cutting threaded rod was now very easy as the tool left a clean burr free cut.  Later Panasonic released a larger 15.6 volt version as well.  Today you can find cordless metal cutting saws from DeWalt, Bosch, Makita, Milwaukee and many more.

The applications for cordless metal cutting saws include cutting EMT, ladder rack, basket tray, wall brackets and as mentioned earlier threaded rod.  HVAC installers many times use them for cutting duct.  The duct acts as a sound chamber hence the cordless metal cutting circular saws are often called “screamers”.   Cutting solid materials is loud but not near as loud as cutting hollow material.  Hearing protection and safety glasses are a definite requirement.

You can buy saws that are specifically metal cutting saws.  These tools feature more blade shielding which is important as the tools throw off a lot of tiny metal shavings.  An added consideration is that these application specific tools can match the RPM of the saw to the blade making for more efficient cuts.  If you already have a cordless circular saw or even a corded saw for that matter, metal cutting blades are readily available for mild steel, thin steel as well as aluminum and other non ferrous metals.  We handle cordless metal cutting blades from Tenyru.  Tenyru is well known for top quality circular saw blades and their metal cutters are no exception.  We are a full line Tenyru dealer so if you don’t see the blade your are looking for in our store, give us a call.

Cordless metal cutting saws are truly a nice little addition to your install tools.  As mentioned earlier you will find them from many of the top cordless tool manufactures.  Many of them offer a bare version of the tool to keep the cost down as you likely already have the batteries and charger.  Give one a try!


3/8″ Threaded Rod Hanger For Ramset, Hilti P.A.T & Gas Tools

Ramset 38TRHSS 3/8" Shooter Clip For Ramset  & Hilti Tools

The Ramset 38TRHSS is a ceiling clip designed for installing 3/8″ threaded rod to concrete decks using either a powder actuated or gas powered tool from Ramset, Hilti, Simpson and others. The z shaped design features stamped 3/8″-16 threads and a premium 1″ pin. While not offering near the pullout of a 3/8″ drop in anchor, the 38TRHSS 3/8″ rod hanger offers some fairly decent pullout values for lighter weight applications. In 4,000 P.S.I concrete at 3/4″ penetration, you can obtain allowable pullout values of 100 pounds. Pull out data from Ramset.  The real advantage with the Ramset 38TRHSS 3/8″ rod hanger shooter clips is the speed.  So if your application is light enough, they are well worth looking at.

Consider a couple of other advantages of using the Ramset 3/8″ rod shooter clip. One added advantage that you may not have considered is the fact that you are not drilling do not have to contend with the Silica Dust regulations OSHA has implemented for any concrete drilling!  On some sites, you will find the actual quick shot of your powder actuated tool to be much less annoying than the sound of your rotary hammer.  Another advantage is installing the hanger with a pole tool for your Ramset or Hilti Tool.  Adding the threaded rod before you install can even keep you on the ground for a large portion of the install and may even help you get into tighter areas in crowded ceilings.

The Ramset 38TRHSS rod hanger is also rated for use in single shot gas tools such as the Ramset T3SS.  Gas tools require no certification and can be used on some sites that restrict the use of powder actuated tools.  Gas tools also work a little better on block applications with out over drive issues so you may find some creative horizontal uses for them as well.

You can find the Ramset 38TRHSS 3/8″ threaded rod shooter clip along with a wide variety of other threaded rod hanging options for 1/4″,3/8″ and 1/2″ threaded rod online at Construction Fastening.Net.  Not sure if our 3/8″ shooter clip will work in your tool?  Give us a call toll free at 1-877-212-2377 and we will do our best to help you out.

 

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Pre Tying Your Own Ceiling Grid Wire

ceiling grid wire twisting toolWe sell hundreds of thousands of pre tied ceiling grid wire for Ramset & Hilti tools each year.  While most are sold to local customers, we sell many across the country as well.  One thing that really hinders our nationwide sales are the shipping charges.  This really is a shame because pre tied ceiling wires are becoming a must have fastener for many installations.  You will find some suppliers offering pre tied wires, but many times the clip choice is limited or the quality of the pin is sub par (yes pin quality makes a huge difference.)  So, here is an option for you to tie your own ceiling grid wire or pencil rod.

What You Need

  • Grid Wire Twist Tool.  The first thing you need is a wire twisting machine.  We offer a simple to use manual tool that with a little practice, will have you tying 300-400 wires an hour if you need that many!   The tool will handle standard ceiling clips for use in Ramset and Hilti type tools as well as bar joist clips, purlin clips and a variety of different eye wedge anchors.
  • Clips/Anchors.  As mentioned above, you will want to have quality ceiling clips if you are going to shoot the wires up with a powder actuated tool.  Keep in mind, cheap ceiling clips aren’t cheap when they bend or blow out especially as it cost you the labor, clip and load.  I recommend having a good quality balistic point pin clip on hand along with bar joist clips, purlin clips and eye wedge anchor on hand.  Doing so, you can tie up what you need when you need it.
  • Grid Wire.  Grid wire or pencil rod is available from many of the big box stores.  You will typically use 12 gauge wire.  You can cut to length with a cutters or if you want to cut bundles, an abrasive chop saw or grinder will make quick work of it.  Standard lengths are 6′ and 12′.
  • Work Area.  You will obviously need a table or work area to bolt the tie machine to and the longer the wire the bigger area you will need.  You may want to bolt the tie machine to the wall and then use a long 1″ x 12″ mounted to the wall, almost like a shelf to tie on.  Add a couple of 1″ x 3″ to the sides to keep the wire in check.
  • Labor.  Nobody likes tying wire.  I know, I have tied many, many wires.  So here is a great way to get someone to tie them.  Offer them piece work to tie them.  I had a neighbor kit tie for me for a while, I paid him $.04/each, he was making $16 bucks an hour in his garage and watch TV at the same time.

How To Do It

Well I could try to explain it to you, but the video below does a better job.  It may look a little tedious but you will get fast at it and learn a few tricks along the way.  Again, the idea of paying someone piece work will insure it gets tied and fast.   Tying your own ceiling grid wire to clips for powder actuated tools, bar joist and purlin clips and eye wedge anchors can be a very viable option for the small user.  You will save the money on the high shipping associated with pre tied wires and have the ability make exactly what you need for the job on the f