If you are using the Caddy’s® 2FMP28 multi clip for bridle rings, you know this is a very versatile clip. Not only does the 2FMP38 accept 10-24, 1/4-20 and smooth shank bridle rings but it will hammer on securely to any 1/8″ to 1/2″ flange. The design allows you to turn your bridle ring a full 360 degrees. Add a jam nut on the bridle ring if you want to lock the position of the ring on the 2FMP28. This clip teams up well our generic bridle rings or our bridle rings with saddles. This clip also lends itself to use with our 2″ bridle ring with angle bracket. Simply hammer on and add j hook with a short 1/4-20 screw. Our version of the Caddy® 2FMP28 is part # HOKFMP and comes packed 50 per box.
You can turn your Lamgaster Plus eye lag pole into a heavy duty extension poles simply by adding the Lagmaster Plus Broom Thread Plug. Now your Lagmaster plus is a a heavy duty extension pole that will accept any attachment with broom thread including brushes, light bulb changers, tree saw ends, paint rollers, sanding pads, the list goes on and on. Accepts any broom thread. You can find the Lagmaster Plus pole tool, the Lagmaster Plus Broom Thread Plug and a complete line of specialty tools and fasteners on line at ConstructionFastening.Net
While there are many brands of gopher poles or push pull poles on the market, time and again, the preference seems to be the Crane 95020 Gopher Pole. The Crane 90520 gopher p0le or push pull pole is telescopic, 52″ while collapsed and extends to 22 feet and weighs under 4 lbs. Some of bigger electrical supply houses have moved away from the Crane Gopher pole for lines such as Greenlee and others, but still ask the contractors and they will tell you they prefer the Crane 90520. One real plus the telescopic design offers is when you are on the ladder, you have the complete tool with you and you can feed it out rather than fumbling with sections screwing them on then adding another length and so on. If you have never tried a Gopher 90520 push pull gopher pole, give it a try and see why it has been preferred gopher pole for years.
The Sammy Super Screw has been on the market for quite some time. You have likely seen them being used by any trade suspending rod from the ceiling. You will find similar products like the Powers Vertigo, Simpson Titen Rod Hanger, Elco Hangermate and others. While the most common size is 3/8″ we are now stocking them for 1/2″ threaded rod. These are perfect for when you need a little more than a 3/8″ rod. For wood we stock both the Sammy Super Screw GST2 (ITW Buildex #8013925) and the GST3 (ITW Buildex #8015925). The Sammy Super Screws for 1/2″ rod are available for concrete and steel. We are a full line Sammy Screw dealer so if you don’t see what you are looking for, give us a call.
Hilti and Ramset tools have been a great asset to many trades including the data comm field for hanging cable hooks. Overhead fastenings can be a challenge in some concrete. If your having trouble with low success rates when shooting ceiling clips into the concrete deck above, the problem many times can be traced back to the quality of your pin. Most tool supply houses and even the big box stores offer pins and loads for Ramset and Hilti tool. The problem is, many are stocking the cheapest pins available to maximize sales and profit. The result is that when you run into brittle concrete or pre cast decks, you can have a lot of blow outs. If you are shooting up a ceiling clip with pre attached, every failed fastening can start to add up. If you are having more blow outs than you like, or you are getting a lot of fish hooked pins, consider a ballistic point pin like the Ramset SPC78 and Ramset SPC114 series of ceiling clips. These clips are assembled using a polished point pin rather than a standard “pinched” point. See the pictures, there is a difference. Add to that the thicker shank on these ceiling clips and you will see fewer blow outs and less fish hooking of your pins. The SPC114 pin has an even thicker shank than the SPC78 and while you may not be able to sink it all the way, get it in 3/4″ and you will have a solid support for your light fixtures and cable hooks. For even better success, use a Ramset or Hilti tool made just for overhead work like the Ramset Viper 4.
The Ramset Cobra tool has become a staple for many of the trades including the low voltage and electrical trades. The Ramset Cobra is what we call a Hilti DX-350 clone tool as is the Simpson PT27 and tools from other manufactures as well. This is a well proven design that is easy to use and quite reliable. One of the things I like is how stable it is when mounted on a ceiling extension pole tool, making it a great choice for ceiling grid wires for suspending not only ceilings but j hooks and light fixtures. One of the most common wear parts on these tools is the piston, or drive pin. How can you tell when it is time to replace the piston on your Ramset Cobra? Murphy’s law dictates that what can go wrong will so even if you piston looks good, having a spare will save you down time. When your piston is new, it has taper around the end. Like a tent stake that expands when repeatedly pounded, the piston will start to flare over time. This bevel accommodates this flare. If you piston is starting to flare or chip, it is time to replace it, or at the least have one on hand. As for the ring, typically they will last the life of the piston. You can replace them but it isn’t easy. To replace the piston on your Ramset Cobra, slide the annular spring to release the piston stop and slide out the barrel. Remove the barrel clip and now the barrel halves will come apart. Simply pull out the old piston and replace it. Reassemble the tool in reverse order. If you have any problems or questions, give a call toll free at 1-877-212-2377 and we will walk you through. Find a complete line of Ramset Cobra parts here.
If you are running into applications where you are needing more power or would like a durable .27 caliber strip tool for shooting concrete and steel, consider the Ramset XT540 tool. The XT540 offers an automatic return and power adjustment feature. You can actually drop two power levels with the power adjustment wheel. Designed to develop the power needed to handle a full 3″ pin. If you job calls out a .157 check out the Ramset .157 shank true embedment pins, stamped with the size of the pin. A magazine and lathing disc attachment are available as well. So if you need a little more power, consider the Ramset XT540 tool, made in USA.
If you do any amount of cabling in commercial buildings, you can’t avoid pulling cables through masonry applications. Typically you will need to drill anywhere from a 1″ to 4″ hole to accept a sleeve of some kind be it a piece of EMT conduit or a pass through device. You have several choices. Number one, you can hire someone to core the holes for you. If there is another trade already coring through the wall, cost may not be so bad. If you have to hire a coring contractor, it can get expensive. There are times when hiring someone is the best way to go. If you have a lot of holes, bigger holes or you have post stressed concrete, you may be better off passing the liability and cost to a concrete cutting coring firm. Choice number two involves poking a bunch of smaller holes with a hammer drill and then breaking out the center. There are times where this may get you buy, but consider an easier option first. SDS core bits. Most contractors today utilize SDS hammer drills. These hammers can also perform coring jobs quite well. A standard SDS hammer like a Hilti TE15 or Bosch 11255 hammer should be able to 2-1/2″ core with relative ease. The core bits used for these types of hammers are carbide tipped and have a thin wall. This thin creates less resistance than what you may find on bigger core bits making for an easy drill.
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Safety first. We here it all the time but what does it mean to be safe when operating a Hilti, Ramset or other powder actuated tool? There is the obvious and please don’t skip thesm basics as some do. Safety glasses. A Hilti, Ramset or any powder actuated tool develops enough power to sink a nail into 1/2″ steel. That should be enough power to put a piece of that pin or other fragment through your eye lid! Secondly, use your hearing protection. When using a Hilti or Ramset tool on an extension pole like when you are installing pre tied grid wires for ceilings or supporting fixtures and data cable runs, the tool may be far enough away from the operator for your comfort, but it is still recommended. If you fasten into steel with a powder actuated tool, you will likely only make the mistake of not wearing hearing protection once, it will leave your ears ringing. Certification is required on powder actuated tools. You can get certified on a Ramset tool on Ramset’s website. Besides the obvious safety guidelines, certification will give you more safety guidelines for proper application and nail selection when using your Ramset or Hilti tool.
Keeping your powder actuated tool clean and in proper repair is often overlooked. If any of your tool parts are chipped or cracked, replacing them now can not only save you down time later but could vary well prevent an injury. You can find a complete line of Ramset Parts. If you need any assistance with your powder actuated tools, you can give us a call toll free at 1-877-212-2377.
If you are mounting any EMT conduit or BX cable to masonry materials, give these one hole straps a try. Designed for use with Ramset, Hilti and other powder actuated tools, these straps are available in sizes for BX cable, 1/2″,3/4″ and 1″ EMT. The straps are preloaded with a 1″ pin with a .300 head for use in most powder tools offered by Hilit, Ramset and others. Where can you use them? The main application is for poured concrete or metal decking with concrete over the top. I have seen many contractors use them in cinder block or in the horizontal mortar joints of brick as well all though you won’t find pullout data for some of these applications. Pre cast concrete slabs can sometimes be fastened with a Hilti or Ramset tool but they can be very brittle, be ware of post tension with shallow cables. Any time you use a Ramset, Hilti or other powder actuated tool, be safe and follow the manufactures recommendations, starting with lowest power level first. Safety glasses and hearing protection are a given. You may want to make others, especially in an occupied office aware that you will be using a nail gun! Try these great time saving BX/EMT conduit straps with your Hilti, Ramset or other powder actuated tools to save time on your next project.