How to Operate a Ramset Hammer With Charge

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Powder actuated fastening is a quick and easy way to complete heavy fastening projects with minimal effort. Using a Ramset hammer is similar to using a firearm, so employ the same precautions. Ramset powder charges are set at three different power levels. Increase power levels until the correct level is found. When you find the correct power level, the nail will be set into the material after using one charge. Ramset hammers are convenient tools for projects ranging from setting stud walls into concrete foundations to applying shelf supports into concrete walls.

Things You'll Need

  • Ramset hammer
  • Powder charges
  • Ramset nails (with or without washers)
  • Hold the Ramset hammer in one hand, pointing it away from people, and slide the barrel forward to reset the ramming piston.

  • Load a nail into the end of the barrel until the plastic spacer is enclosed by the barrel. Always load the fastener before loading the powder charge.

  • Clear the chamber if it is obstructed. Insert a new powder charge into the chamber. Close the chamber by pulling the barrel back towards the hammer handle.

  • Place the barrel against the material you will fasten. Fully depress the barrel against the material and be sure the Ramset hammer is set at a 90-degree angle to the material so it will go into the material straight.

  • Hit the firing pin at the end of the Ramset hammer with a 16-ounce hammer to fire the charge and set the nail. Firmly open the barrel again to eject the fired charge. Reload the Ramset hammer using the same steps as outlined above.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ramset hammers with powder charges are just like firearms. Do not point them towards people whether they are loaded or unloaded.
  • Do not use a Ramset hammer around flammable or combustible liquids.

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