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Are powder Ioads interchangeable between different manufacturer's tools?

Yes, when load caliber and style are kept the same, loads are interchangeable per section 7.8 in ANSI A10.3 that states, "OnIy those types of fasteners and powder Ioads recommended by the tool manufacturer for a particular tool, or those that provide the same level of safety and performance shall be used.

How to do I dispose of live powder loads?

Live powder Ioads are best disposed of by placing them in the appropriate tool and firing the tool. In most areas the spent cartridges can be disposed of in the normal trash. Check with local disposal guidelines for further information.

Where can I find a #5 load for my .22 caliber single shot tool (HD22, RS22, Mastershot, Trigger Shot)?

A red #5 powder load in the .22 caliber "A" style is not available. There is an industry standard that sets the limit on .22 caliber powder tools at a #4 yelbow powder load.

Do I need to be certified to operate a Powder Tool?

In order to operate a powder tool you must be trained and certified by the manufacturer for the particular tool you are operating. When using Ramset tools, you can become certified by following our online training and certification course or contacting your local Ramset distributor.

Do I need to be certified to operate a Gas powered tool?

Gas powered tools do not use powder actuated loads as defined by the ANSI A10.3 standard "Powder Actuated Fastening Systems - Safety Requirements", nor do they operate on the same principle(s) as a powder actuated tool. Therefore the tools do not fall under the ANSI A10.3 standard and licensing of the tool user is NOT required.

I am certified to operate a tool made by "Brand A", we only have tools from Ramset on our jobsite; does my certification still apply?

No it does not. ANSI A10.3 states that, "lt is the employer’s responsibility to see that all tool operators are trained for the particular tool being used". See the Ramset online training and certification program for quick certification [LINK TO PAT TEST].

I have an old high velocity tool; where can I get fasteners and Ioads for this tool?

High velocity fasteners, loads, and tool parts were discontinued in the late 1980's by all U.S. manufacturers. This was largely due to ANSI and OSHA requiring that only the lowest class of tool that will properly set a fastener be used. Other requirements highly restricted the use of these tools to where the tool manufacturer's had little choice but to discontinue them in favor of the low velocity tools available today.

Some of these commonly found obsolete high velocity tool models include: 122MD, 33013134, 33013138, 238M.

I am looking for a part for my older Ramset tool and cannot find a schematic or anything about the tool on your website?

If a schematic for the tool cannot be found on the Ramset website, parts for that tool are no longer available from Ramset. Please see the list of discontinued Ramset tools where parts are no longer available. [LINK TO OBSOLETE TOOLS LIST]

I have a HD22, RS22, HammerShot, MasterShot, or TriggerShot Tool and am trying to attach a 2 x 4 to concrete. The tool is not driving the fastener all the way?

With these .22 caliber tools, a yellow #4 load and a 2-1/2-Inch fastener works best for this application. A 3-inch pin is too long for the available power of the .22 caliber tools.

I have a HD22, RS22, HammerShot, MasterShot, or TriggerShot Tool and am trying to attach a 2 x 4 to concrete with the 2-1/2-inch fastener and the #4 yellow load. The tool is not driving the fastener all the way.

lt is important that these tools be fully cycled or cocked after each use. Pulling the barrel assembly out until it hits the stop is critical in resetting the tool after each shot. See the Operator's manual for further instruction.

What is the correct fastener to attach a 2 x 4 piece of lumber to a steel beam?

To attach a 2 x 4 to a steel beam, we recommend part number 1514SD (2-inch pin with washer) or part number SP178 (1-7/8-inch PowerPoint fastener).

Do I need a License to operate the T3 tool like the ones for powder tools?

No licensing is needed to operate the T3 tool.  The T3 tool does not use powder actuated loads as defined by the ANSI A10.3 standard “Powder Actuated Fastening Systems – Safety Requirements”, nor does it operate on the same principle(s) as a powder actuated tool.  Therefore the tool does not fall under the ANSI A10.3 standard, and licensing of the tool user is NOT required.

Is the gas or fuel the tool uses hazardous?

The gas is similar to the propane fuel used by many barbeque grilles.  It is flammable, and the gas in the can is under pressure; so it should be handled with caution.  Similar precautions should be taken as with a flammable aerosol can.

How should the fuel cell be stored and disposed of?

Disposal regulations vary throughout the country.  The best method to describe storage and disposal, is that the fuel cell should be stored and disposed of in a manner similar to that of an aerosol paint can.

How do I adjust the power on the T3 tool?

The T3 is of a unique design where power adjustment is not needed.  There are no settings on the tool; the same power source is used for all base materials.  Varying pin lengths are needed for steel and concrete base materials.  The self absorbing energy bumper contained inside the tool does all the rest.

When I push down on the front end of the T3 tool, the nose feels like it’s locked up.

If a fastener is not in the nose of the tool, the tool will lockout.  This will deter pin jams, alert the operator that the follower is not engaged, and tell the operator the tool is out of pins.  To clear a pin jam, see the text below.  This feature also prevents the tool from firing when the magazine is removed.

There are pins engaged in the magazine, but the nose is locked up; what happened?

It’s likely that there is an obstruction inside the nose of the tool not allowing a pin to enter.  To clear the obstruction, pull back the follower to the locked position and remove any pins from the magazine.  Then the magazine can be removed by following these next few steps.  Unscrew the knob located in the back of the tool, then push the knob; the magazine can now be pulled from the tool.  Inspect the shear block area for the obstruction, remove it and reinstall the magazine by pushing the knob in attach the magazine then tighten the knob.

How do I maintain the T3 tool?

The T3 tool can run for extended periods, largely over and above a typical powder tool without any maintenance.  Clean burning fuel allows the tool to run for long period without maintenance.  Just wipe the dust and debris off the outside of the tool, occasionally wash the foam air filter in the top of the tool and that’s all.

I can’t use powder tools on my job, how could the T3 tool help me?

The T3 tool is not a powder actuated tool.  It does not fall under the same classifications nor does it operate on the same principles of a powder tool as outlined by the ANSI A10.3 standard on powder actuated tools.  In most cases in can be used on jobs where powder tools are not allowed.  It is quiet enough to operate in tenant occupied buildings; and since there is no gun powder involved, the tool can be used on jobs where gun powder is not allowed such as many airports and government buildings.

Ramset-I-F FAQs

What is the Ramset-I-F?

The Ramset I-F system is a cordless system used to attach insulation to concrete, block and metal framing.

What does Ramset-I-F do?

Using the tool and specially designed fasteners, the system is the ideal metod to attach continuous insulation, and prevent Thermal Bridging.

How does Ramset-I-F work?

As the contractor applies insulation around the building, Ramset I-F fasteners are used to hold the insulation in place.

The fastener, which is made of plastic does not contribute to heat loss like other systems.

In fact, the unique design of the fastener allows the contractor to close the cap and seal the fastener. This effectively closes off the Thermal Bridge.

Why would a building owner require Ramset-I-F to fasten insulation?

The Ramset I-F systems allows for the owner to realize lower energy costs over the life of the building.

Why would a building designer (engineer or architect) specify Ramset-I-F to fasten insulation?

Along with lowering energy costs for the owner of the building over the life of the building, the method of attaching insulation is completed more quickly and efficiently.

Why would a contractor choose to use Ramset-I-F to fasten insulation?

Contractors can work more efficiently and in turn save on labor costs.

The Ramset I-F systems is the only system that can work in all weather conditions, and in all substrates (Concrete, Block and Exterior Metal Framing)

Do any insulation manufacturers recommend Ramset-I-F?

Roxul has chosen the Ramset I-F system as the preferred method to attach their Roxul products to concrete, block and steel studs.