You likely have seen more and more fixtures, ducts and lighting being supported with braided wire cable on the job. Products like the Erico/Caddy Speed Link and the Gripple have added a versatile option in many applications. Arlington Industries has added their version of a braided wire hanger, the Wire Grabber System. The key component to any of the systems is the clamp that actually locks on the cable. The clamp on the Arlington is part# FLG3 and is not only available in kit form but also separately allowing you to purchase bulk cable and create your hangers on the fly. It is easy to use with a thumb screw for a quick set and adjustment followed by a quick lock down with your screwdriver or pliers. NO SPECIAL TOOLS REQUIRED.
The Arlington Wire Grabber is available in several kit types. A straight version with a loop on one end and straight cable and FLG3 clamp is available in lengths up to 30′. There are so many things you could support with this kit, anything from duct work, cable runs with j hooks, signage and more. A 10′ length kit with a toggle attached and straight wire plus the FLG3 clamp is available designed for suspending light fixtures. A “Y” kit is also available as well.
One thing that make the Arlington Wire Grabber system appealing over the other brands starts with cost, not only in the basic kit pricing but in the ability to purchase the wire grabber clamp outside a kit (we offer them in packs of 10 on our site) and buy your cable in bulk. While kits have their advantage if you are doing a standard install over and over again for instance, but buying clamps and bulk cable allows you to create what you need as you need it with no waste.
The kits come with a .080 gauge braided cable that will provide a 75lb load in static situations. If you have never used this type of hanger, grab a couple kits and give them a try. If you have been using comparable systems you may be able to save your self some money especially with the bulk cable option.
We have had extension poles for various powder tools including Hilti, Ramset, Simpson, Powers and more and now we have an extension for the Hilti DX460, the new Hilti DX2, the Ramset XT540 and a variety of gas tools. The LS460-6 pole turns any of these guns into an overhead tool. The extension pole offers not only improved productivity and lower labor costs but increased safety. Made in the USA from dielectric material meeting OSHA standards. If you have a Hilti DX460 or Hilti DX2 tool, you will find this tool well worth it’s price, right arount $200. Also works as an extension pole for the Ramset XT540, and the Simpson PTP-27s tools. The extension will also work with a variety of gas tools from Ramset, Simpon and Powers. Click to see a compatibility chart.
This really is an innovation in installation of bar joist clips and purlin clips. The Purlin Master will not only install the clip for you, but it will also tie the wire on to the clip all while standing on the floor. Check out the video, it really is a slick system. The Purlin Master saves you time and money in several ways. First off you aren’t paying someone else to tie the wire for you. Shipping clips is cheap, shipping grid wire or pre tied clips, not so much! With the Purlin Master, you buy the clips and source you grid wire locally. You no longer have to stock several different sizes of ceiling grid wire, or worse yet cut off extra. The Purlin Master requires use of the proprietary clips, the ADOC14 for use on Z purlin or the VOH14 for bar joists. Make sure you take a moment and watch the video and you will see this tool is a must have if your are suspending grid wire from z purlin or bar joists.
The Lagmaster Plus Telescopic Ceiling Tool has been the most versatile eye lag ceiling pole tool for years. Upgrades to the accessory kit will make Lagmaster Plus even more useful. So what’s new? For starters, the kit itself is now in a more durable and is easy to open and close. More plug ins have been added to the kit. Here is the list of the what is included in the kit:
- Wire Plug-in – Set Screw version – Installs ceiling wire & jack chain
- 5/8″ Plug-in – Designed for use with Sammy screws
- 5/8″ Vertigo Plug-in – Designed for use with Power’s Vertigo screws
- ½” Square Drive socket adapter Plug-In
- ¼” Hex Plug-in – Accepts ¼” hex drivers
- Viper Plug-in – Compatible with Viper 3 and Power’s Sniper
- ½” NPT Plug-in – Designed for use with the HOIT-AL installation tool
- Broom Thread Plug-in
In particular new plugs are for the Vertigo anchor, a competitor to the Sammy Screw Anchor, a 1/2″ socket adapter which allows you to click a regular socket on the pole and the broom thread plug in a re the new additions. Starting immediately, when you order a Lagmaster Plus tool, you will get the new kit. The accessory kit is also available as a Retro Kit which includes a base plug if you have a standard Lagmaster tool. You can find the Lagmaster Plus Telescopic Ceiling Tool at ConstructionFastening.Net
The Ramset Viper ceiling tool has become the tool of choice for not only ceiling contractors but for electricians and limited voltage contractors or anyone who wants to suspend grid wire, pencil rod, jack chain or even 1/4″ rod from the ceiling. To date, the Ramset Viper tool has had 3 major versions. Below is a brief description of each model.
Original Ramset Viper Tool. The original Viper tool was of a metal body construction and had a manual advance system, similar to what you will find in the Powers Sniper Tool. The tool was light weight and really bullet proof provided that you kept it clean. There are still a fair number of these on the job, parts are all but gone. The tool worked on either a fixed or telescopic extension pole.
Ramset Viper 3. The Ramset Viper 3 tool added a few really nice features including automatic load advance and was designed to operate with less cleaning and maintenance. Being a more complicated tool with more moving parts, repairs did increase a little but again really was a solid tool for day to day use. The tool used the same extension pole system as the original Viper tool. Parts are still readily available as the tool has only been out of production for a few years.
Ramset Viper 4. The Ramset Viper 4 is the latest version of the Viper tool and has some significant changes. Most note worthy on the tool is the fact that it uses a proprietary pole system for added safety. You need to make contact with the ceiling and then push up on the outer trigger pole to actuate the tool. There is a base pole portion that has the trigger sleeve, available in 3′, 6′ and 8′ sections and then you can add as many 3′ extensions as you choose. The 6′ base is the most common all though I like the 3′ base and a 3′ extension, it just makes it easier to lock up in the gang box. The tool shares some parts with the Viper 3, the piston, buffer, return pawls and the load indexer ball and springs. So far other than a few pole issues in the first tools to hit the street, the tool has been very reliable. The biggest problem we have seen is making sure everyone understands the pole tool is not interchangeable with other Ramset Viper Models.
You can find the new Ramset Viper 4 tool along with parts, pins & loads, pre tied ceiling wires, pole tools and more for all the Ramset line at ConstructionFastening.Net
While shooting pre tied ceiling clips to a concrete ceiling is one of the fastest ways to suspend grid wire or pencil rod, there are times when you are not allowed to shoot by the management of the facility or because of the make up of the concrete. In this application, using a tie wire wedge anchor will fit the bill nicely. A tie wire wedge anchor is very similar to a standard wedge anchor that you would use to bolt racks and other equipment to a poured concrete floor. Instead of a threaded stud, you are left with an eye that you can fasten jack chain or ceiling grid wire to. Installation is simple, just drill a 1/4″ hole, hammer in the tie wire wedge and give a tug. One advantage a tie wire wedge anchor offers over shooting is more holding power and a sure set every time. Tie wire wedge anchors are available pre tied with to both 4′ and 6′ ceiling grid wire. With our ODM overhead drill machine, you now have the luxury of installing these anchors from the floor! Check out the video at our site. Next time you can’t use your Ramset or Hilti tool for shooting up grid wire, check out the easy to use tie wire wedge anchor.
Drop in anchors are a common anchor in most trades for fastening to solid concrete. For most applications the standard length drop in type anchor works well. However there are situations that require shallow embedment or mini drop in anchors. The most likely situation is post tension concrete. Fastening to post tension concrete requires caution due to the tensioned cable below the surface. Most situations allow you to drill up to 3/4″, ruling out standard drop in anchors. Shallow embedment or mini drop in anchors are available in 1/4″, 3/8″ and 1/2″ sizes. These anchors will fully set at 3/4″ embedment making them a great choice when you are limited in drill depth. It is recommended that you use what is called a stop bit while drilling for these anchors. These bits have a collar on them preventing them from drilling the hole deeper than allowed. These bits are actually a great time saver in that they prevent you from drilling your hole deeper than necessary. If you over drill your anchor hole by just a quarter of an inch, that would mean you are drilling the equivalent of one extra hole every 3 holes! If you are using a cordless SDS rotary hammer, this can drop your hole count per charge by 25%. These bits are also available for you standard drop in anchors as well. As a contractor it is your responsibility to make sure you are allowed to drill in the post tension concrete. If 3/4″ drill depth is permitted, then the min drop in or shallow embedment anchor is a great problem solver.
Ramset has been making quality powder actuated tools for years. The Viper tool quickly became a favorite tool of anyone doing overhead fastening. Whether hanging ceiling wires, light fixtures or data cable runs, the Viper tool is designed specifically for shooting to the ceiling. The earliest version was a very simple tool that required manual advance. The tool was a real work horse but it required daily cleaning. The latest version, the Ramset Viper 4 is a great tool for overhead fastening. The tool offers automatic advance and a unique pole system that is stable and expandable from 3′ to the moon just by adding extension segments. The Viper 4 tool has the added safety feature of a separate sleeve for activation making it safer than other contact tools. You can’t just lean on the tool by mistake and set it off, it must be in contact with the ceiling, and both hands on the pole. I would add an important point on the Ramset Viper 4 tool: POLES ARE NOT INTERCHANGEABLE WITH PREVIOUS MODELS! We are finding that many online marketers not only don’t understand the tools, but don’t understand the importance of the right extension for the tool. If you have any questions on the Ramset Viper 4, visit our store online at ConstructionFastening.Net or call us toll free at 1-877-212-2377.
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
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.