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Old 06-08-2015, 08:04 AM   #1
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Ramset Woes


Some days I wonder why I bother with Ramset (or powder actuated tools in general).

1903 house, old bathroom , attaching furring strip, go for the ramset for speed. Figured old brick, #2 with 1.5". Goes in 1/4".

Step up to #4, goes in most of the way, but still proud on top. Give it a quick swing of the hammer, cracks brick. Try another spot, same thing, proud. wack, split. Go to #5, just straight split.

Go to tapcon. No split. Just takes a hell of a lot longer.

Anyone else Go through this? Am I doing something wrong? Or is this just normal ramset woes?
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I don't like ramset for brick, you need to hit the mortar joint or it will crack and if the brick is that old the mortar probably won't hold worth a damn anyway. Tapcons are slower but you won't break the substrate as much. I have actually used a senco sn70 framing nailer and 6 penny nails into mortar joints with good results. Just wear eye protection for sure.

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Ya, I'd be scared that that nail will just shoot right back toward me, and just "happen" to go through a part of me.
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Some days I wonder why I bother with Ramset (or powder actuated tools in general).

1903 house, old bathroom , attaching furring strip, go for the ramset for speed. Figured old brick, #2 with 1.5". Goes in 1/4".

Step up to #4, goes in most of the way, but still proud on top. Give it a quick swing of the hammer, cracks brick. Try another spot, same thing, proud. wack, split. Go to #5, just straight split.

Go to tapcon. No split. Just takes a hell of a lot longer.

Anyone else Go through this? Am I doing something wrong? Or is this just normal ramset woes?
I don't know about brick, but I just installed furring on concrete for a bathroom. If it splits it's still fine since I use polyurethane glue behind them. I had a couple proud heads and I just smacked the board into them.
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