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!

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

 

 

Toggler Brand Strap Toggle Bolt Anchors

toggler brand strap toggle bolt anchorToggle 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.

Check out the install video on the Toggler Strap Toggle here and you will see why these are the toggle bolt anchor of choice for easy installation and removal.

Simpson Titen HD Anchors

While you have many options for fastening racks and other fixtures to concrete and block, but have you tried the Simpson Strongtie Titen HD Anchor?    The Titen HD anchor is a concrete screw anchor that is easy to install and leaves you with a nice finished hex head.  The anchor is also removable making it perfect for temporary installs or future moves.

Installing The Simpson Strongtie Titen HD Anchor
Installation of the anchor is simple.  Drill a hole the same diameter as the anchor, so for a 3/8″, drill a 3/8″ hole about an inch deeper than intended installation clean the  hole and install.   The Titen HD has are real advantage over some of the competitive anchors that use special bits or even strange hard to find fractional bits.  Everyone has a 3/8″ or 1/2″ hammer drill bit, but 7/16″ or 9/16″, not so likely.  A cordless impact driver makes quick work of driving in the anchor.

Simpson Strongtie Titen HD anchors are available in diameters from 1/4″ to 3/4″  in a variety of lengths.  The standard finish is zinc which works well for most interior work but you can find mechanically galvanized and even stainless steel for more demanding environment.

Check out the video below to see how fast and easy the Simpson Strongtie Titen Anchor installs.  Available online at ConstructionFastening.Net

 

12-24 Self Drilling Screws Drill Up To 1/2″ Steel

Hex Self Drill Screw 12-24 Tek 512-24 tek 5 self drilling screwMounting to steel columns and I-beams can be a nuisance.  Check out an easier way to mount gang boxes, back boards, camera brackets and more to steel, up to 1/2″ steel.  Check out the picture, we installed these screws into an I-beam in our warehouse using a cordless impact driver.  These 12-24 (commonly referred to as TEK screws or TEK 5) self drilling screws tend to install better with the extra speed that the cordless impact driver offers.  The screws have a 5/16″ head.  We have them available in 1-1/4″ and 2″ length with a number 5 point that will handle up to 1/2″ steel.  We also have them in a 7/8″ length and a number 4 point, rated for about 1/4″ steel.  You will want to have them on hand, they have a ton of uses.  Check out our self drilling line of screws and more at ConstructionFastening.Net

Sleeves For Running Cables Through Walls

Many fire stop systems call for the use of a steel sleeve with fire putty or fire caulk to maintain the fire rating of the wall.  You have two basic choices.  Many are using pass through devices that come fully loaded with fire stop products, you simply install and run your cable.  While these really are nice and fool proof to use however…. adding twenty 2″ sleeves at close to $150 a piece can really change the look of your quote.  Many contractors opt for a piece of emt cut to about 12″ with Arlington hammer on bushings and fire caulk.  It is important to have a cut sheet from your fire putty or caulk manufacture showing a system using a steel sleeve and their product.  Keep a copy on file at the job and make sure you follow the recommended fill rate.

You can find pre cut EMT pipe from 1″ up to 4″, deburred and ready to install with Arlington EMT bushings at ConstructionFastening.Net.  You can really see the advantage of buying your EMT pre cut when you start using larger sleeves, especially in 4″ diameter.  4″ EMT is not readily available at you local big box store and if you need 2 sleeves, you buy a full stick, then you need to track down the bushings.  Then add to the frustration of cutting larger EMT.  Give our pre cut EMT a try and you will see why they are one of our top sellers.

Pre Cut EMT Sleeves

Install Sammy Screws To Wood, Steel & Concrete From The Floor

Sammy Super Screws are great little anchors and with the Lagmaster Plus and the Overhead Drill Machine, you can install these anchors to wood, steel and concrete without even leaving the floor!  The Lagmaster Plus tool allows you to put your all thread on the Sammy Screw and drive into wood and steel.  If you have concrete applications, add the Overhead Drill Machine to the mix to pre drill the hole and then drive in the concrete Sammy Screw.  The video below runs through each application.  Sammy Super Screws are available in 1/4″ and 3/8″ sizes.  Find them online and in stock at ConstructionFastening.Net  Click the image to see the video.

Install Sammy Screws From The Floor

Drywall Anchor Options

Everyone has their favorite method for fastening to drywall, here are few options for you to consider when you need to mount to the drywall.

Powers Wall Dog.  The Powers Wall Dog is a one piece drywall anchor that lends itself to fast light weight applications.  The anchor has a sharp point and very coarse threads and is designed as a one stop installation.  Simple drive it in and you are done.  Best used in lightweight static applications, perhaps on a sensor up and out of the way.

Powers 2316 Wall Dog

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ITW Buildex EZ Anchor

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EZ Anchors.  ITW has been producing the EZ Ancor line for some time and there are several other manufactures producing a similar anchor.  The most common size is used with a #8 screw but you can get a light version that will take a #6 as well.  The anchor offers more holding power than the wall dog or a blue cone anchor.  Very easy to install, just screw in and add the screw.  Available in metal or nylon.

 

 

 

Strap Toggles.  Strap toggles offer a few advantages over the standard toggle bolt.  With the strap toggle, you drill a hole, insert the toggle and zip it up against the wall.  You are left with the toggle bar left in position.  Available in 3/16″ , 1/4″ and 3/8″ sizes.  Screws are sold separately.

Strap toggle

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That’s obviously just a few drywall anchor options.  Again everyone has their favorite, these just happen to be mine.  These are stocking standards for most of our customers.  Check out these and more at ConstructionFastening.Net

Using The Sammy Express Anchor In Metal Roof Deck

Sammy Express Anchors

Sammy Express Anchors

The Sammy Express anchor is designed for use in metal roof decks and in many instances can replace the use of strut for suspending cable tray, j hooks, access points and more.  The Sammy Express anchor is easy to install.  The required install tool includes a drill covered by a sleeve that contains the driver.  You can click here to see a video of the process.  After you drill the hole, slide the driver back on the tool and install the Sammy Express anchor.  The tool will collapse the anchor behind the roof deck making a secure installation.  Now simply add your threaded rod and suspend to desired height.

Sammy Express Install Tool

Sammy Express Install Tool

The Savings.  Now here is where your savings come in.  Let’s assume you need to hang a couple of threaded rods to support a cable tray or just an access point.  First off, if you have been spanning the bar joist with a $20 piece of strut, adding a couple of clamps to pin it in place, then a couple of spring nuts, you have a cost of around $25 in parts.  Secondly, you have the labor of driving back and forth with your lift from one bar joist to the other to complete the fastening.  With the Sammy Express anchor, you will need 2 anchors, that’s it, to get to the same installation point.  You are in one spot, drilling two small holes and installing two anchors.  Install time probably about 2 minutes, it will take you longer to spot the location than set the anchors.  Total anchor cost under $8.  Yes the install tool will set you back a little, but you will never regret it.

The Sammy Express anchors have both UL and FM Listings.  Holding power is fairly impressive with an ultimate pullout of  over 1,000 so they can handle a wide range of applications in the data cable and security fields.  Click here for more data.  The Sammy Express anchor is available to handle 1/4″ for vertical mounting and 3/8″ for vertical, horizontal and swivel applications.  Find them on line at ConstructionFastening.Net