Sunday, October 11, 2009

Ramset Powder-Drive Tool

I had to anchor a sill plate to concrete for a wall I framed, so I decided to go for a powder-driven tool, I've wanted to try one of these for a long time :) It costs about $20 at Home Depot, and uses .22 caliber blanks to shoot fasteners into concrete.

Since I need to put it through a 2x4 (1.5" thick) and according to the instructions the fastener should go 1 inch into concrete, I chose 2.5" fasteners with a washer attached.

There are three color-coded powder loads available, I chose the hottest (yellow) that the tool took since I was planning on putting it into hardened concrete. Turned out to be a good decision.

Works great! Its pretty amazing that it can shoot through an inch of concrete. Wow.

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