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.
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 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!
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!
I have sold and serviced many powder actuated tools over the last 20 years including the Hilti DX350 and the clone versions of the tool from many different manufacturers. They are just such a solid tool with many different uses. Here are a few points to help you find a good deal on a good used Hilti DX350. Don’t just accept the statement that the tool fires or works well. I have seen tools advertised as working well when they were obviously missing parts in the photos.
A Hilti DX350 tool should not just fire, it should fire solidly and advance one load each time you cycle the tool. The most common thing a used tool may need is a piston or driver. The piston or driver is what forces the pin into the concrete. They are a wear part and so they chip up and can even break. An aftermarket piston to fit the Hilti DX350 goes for around $30. The driver is easy to replace. If the tool isn’t advancing the load advance isn’t expensive, but it is a little more tricky to replace. The little “C” clip that holds the front barrel together can get bent up from time to time. Again this is a wear part, easy to replace and many of the tools have extra packed along with the tool. Stay a way for a tool that has cracks or breaks on barrel or fastener guide. If the tool fires and advances but make just a “poof” sound, almost like a bad load, it is likely the return pawl that reset the piston is warn. Easy to replace but figure another $20 or so to fix.
When you are looking for a used Hilti DX350 tool you will find clone tools from Ramset, most notably the Cobra tool. The Cobra is a great tool, but stay away from the Cobra Plus tools, many of the parts are not available. As for prices, I have seen them all over the board but many good tools can be had for $100-$150 or so. If you shop around you may find a tool with loads and pins to fit your application. FYI the tool is a .27 caliber strip tool. Loads are readily available at most big box stores. The loads are color coded, going from the lowest, GREEN, YELLOW and then RED. Start with the lowest power level and work up until you pin sets to correct depth. Ramset, Simpson and Powers loads will work in the DX350 if they are .27 caliber strips.
Below are a few of the used Hilti DX350 tools available on ebay or click here for a more extensive search.
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.
We 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
Toggle bolts are one of the basics of any installers kit. Toggler Brand Strap Toggles should be the standard toggle bolt! Toggler strap toggles are so much easier to install than a standard toggle bolt. Just drill a 1/2″ hole (as opposed to a 5/8″ or 3/4″ for standard toggles), slip in, zip up and break off the plastic straps. The Toggler strap toggle allows you to use a shorter screw as well as you don’t have to acommodate the extra length of the folded toggle wings. The anchors will work on drywall from 3/8″ to 5/8″ drywall and the manufacture boasts that in 5/8″ drywall the toggle bolt will hold up to 365 lbs. I know what you are thinking, who in their right mind would hang 365 lbs on a toggle bolt. I agree, but you will see as you use these strap toggles, they are very secure and your best bet for fastening to drywall.
Now here is one of my favorite things about the Toggler strap toggle, removal. If you have an application where you may need to remove something you have installed, and you will eventually, your know what a pain unscrewing a standard toggle bolt can be. With the strap toggle, you just back out the screw. If you need to install or replace, the threads are still there waiting for you in place. Typically the anchors are are shipped without screws so make sure you grab some as well.
Ramset sold a tool for years known as the LADD L1600 ceiling tool. It was a very simple tool with hardly any moving parts. You would load the single shot load in backwards, with the primer facing up and then insert the ceiling clip which had a special pin which had a dome on it. The ceiling clip was Ramset part number L652 and was also known as a LADD ceiling clip. When you compressed the tool against the ceiling, the dome of the pin was pushed into the load setting off the load and driving in the pin. The tool was loud but actually did a very nice job even in harder concrete. The tool would screw on to a piece of pipe, so you could make your own extension pole for the tool as long as you liked.
The tool has been discontinued for some time but you will see them in use here and there. We have stock on the original Ramset LADD L652 clip for use in the L1600 tool. If you are looking to update your ceiling tool, we are recommending the Ramset Viper 4. While Ramset has no longer carries the L652 ceiling clip, we currently have stock that we are clearing out, check out our closeout page.
If you have one of the plastic body Ramset Cobra Plus Tools sold by one of the big box stores, we now offer an extension pole to fit your gun. If you check the picture, the latest Ramset Cobra Plus is a nylon body tool with a larger plastic housing on the front of the tool that also serves to dampen the noise of the tool. If your tool looks like the one in the picture, click here to choose from either a 6′ extension or 8′ extension pole for to fit. If your tool is a standard Cobra tool or the metal body Cobra Plus tool, check our install tool section for either the LS350-6 6′ extension or the LS350-8 8′ extension.
Using an extension pole with your Cobra Plus tool offers you several advantages including faster and safer installs. Any time you can save a trip up a ladder, you are saving time and reducing risk of falls. We recommend the 6′ pole tool wherever possible as it will accommodate most jobs. The 8′ may be the answer for taller ceilings but down the road, on a lower ceiling, you may actually find yourself bending over to pull the trigger.
If you haven’t purchased a Ramset Cobra Plus tool as yet, please consider the standard Ramset Cobra Tool. The standard Ramset Cobra is based on the time proven Hilti DX-350 tool. The tool is fully serviceable and parts readily available. The Plus tool is offered in most big box stores and has gone through several versions. Not only are parts sometimes hard to find but it can be hard just to identify, which tool you have.