Jun 24,2014

Ramset-gun2The Ultimate basement concrete fastening device has to be the power actuated concrete gun. This tool is oozing testosterone from the tip of the gun…oh yeah baby “this is how we do it”!

In the basement we are up against one hard concrete floor, concrete and block walls and steel support columns and beams. And we have to fasten our new framed walls to this stuff. You got 2 choices:

  1. You can pound away and hand-nail into the concrete floor and walls using 2 1/2″ masonry “cut nails” or 2 1/2″ hardened steel straight-point nails. This is a real chore…believe me I used to do this all the time.
  2. You can Blast those walls and secure them to the concrete and steel with a single pull of the trigger using your awesome concrete fastening gun with a 2 1/2″ hardened steel “pins”…brothers and sisters I choose the gun these days.

I own at least 3 of these things and my truck is never without one in the tool box! These tools are quite amazing. They pack a 22 to 27 caliber “load” which when detonated drives a steel piston into the head of the “fastening pin” slamming it through the 2″ x 4″ framing and right through the concrete or steel just like butter!

Nothing to fancy here when it comes to operating this tool. Simply insert the fastening pin into the end of the gun first, then open the gun chamber and place a load into the open chamber load hole,close the gun chamber, press the gun to the wood to fastened, and pull the trigger…BLAM! That’s it she’s fastened to the concrete or the steel.

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I can’t stress safely enough when operating this tool. Always wear your eye and hearing protection! This tool when fired can kick-up some small projectiles of concrete and even steel and send it flying in all directions so make sure your eyes are protected!

They do make a model that has a “silencer” built into and if you have this model you do not need hearing protection, all other models you need to protect your hearing.

Other than that the tool is very safe to operate and will not accidentally go off thanks to the safety devise built into the gun. The gun has to be pressed down firmly against the surface you are fastening into for the gun to activate and actually fire the load.

I get my guns at Home Depot. There are several different models you can purchase and they range in price from $25.00 to $90.00 for the single shot models to $230.00 for the semi automatic 27 caliber model. I like the “MasterShot 0.22 Caliber Power Actuated Gun (model# 40088) for $90.00, this one has the “silencer” on it. I love this gun, I keep it under my pillow :-) It’s the one pictured above.

Here’s a video of how to load and fire the gun. I’m fastening a 2″ x 4″ to a steel column in this video to demonstrate how powerful this tool can be. I love my concrete gun it is “my little friend”.

Good luck with your wall framing projects. I’m always here if you have any questions about your basement project!



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