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Old 05-08-2013, 04:22 PM   #46
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Get enough of a variety to do the job. If I recall there are 3 different charges. Too powerfull may split the plate or shatter the concrete whereas too weak will not do the job. Where you rent the gun they may allow you to return the extras.

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hammer drill I bought not long ago for another project that did not pan out (tried to use it to break up concrete, was not enough)
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We always use tapcons on basement walls. On newer homes the concrete is a lot softer though. In the last few years, we have consistently used an SDS to do the holes. I have used as many as 150 tapcons a day on just a single bit. Most holes probably take 30 seconds or less.
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Yeah no concrete is probably much easier to do. This is concrete that was poured in probably 1965.

Just got the ramset, so I'm going to go have fun now. I'm almost scared to use this thing LOL. Safety glasses and hearing protection probably a good idea.
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Yeah no concrete is probably much easier to do. This is concrete that was poured in probably 1965.

Just got the ramset, so I'm going to go have fun now. I'm almost scared to use this thing LOL. Safety glasses and hearing protection probably a good idea.
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Just got the ramset, so I'm going to go have fun now. I'm almost scared to use this thing LOL. Safety glasses and hearing protection probably a good idea.
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This is now my favorite tool to use. So satisfying to get a nice hit.

Soooo much faster than tapcons. I should have done this from the start. Not that expensive either.



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I cant belive i actually read through all 4 pages of this thread.. its geting pretty stupid.. just rent a rotary hammer and be done with it.. we have 2 hitachi sds rotary hammers and their beasts.. they drill much faster than the bosch version and the hilti
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I have a rotary hammer, but this was WAY faster. I was done all the bottom plates in like half an hour, if that. Rotary hammer will come in handy when I want to install my new server rack though, I'll buy the SDS bit to go with it. For pull strength nothing beats a proper anchor.

Failing that I could have looked at buying a SDS bit for my rotary hammer which is more powerful than my hammer drill, but I don't think it would have beat the speed and efficiency of this.

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Another vote for the Ramset. I don't like tapcons either.
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I know you have already solved your dilemma, but I used a rotary hammer I bought at Harbor Freight for $59 to drill holes for the toe plate when I replaced a patio door with a wall and window. It is a beast. No problem drilling through the concrete. Then I put on the supplied pointed chisel and tore out the brick step in front of the patio door.
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Each has their place. Just wait until you hit a batch of concrete that starts blowing apart and not holding the nails, you will be saying how nice a good SDS bit would be. The drill you have may be called a hammer drill but it just isn't up for the job you are doing. A good SDS drill and bits would blow threw those holes no problem. Personally I like tapcons when they can be used, just as fast and less noise and less chance of a blow out.

If you like the one you have now you should have gotten the one with a trigger, allows you more control since you don't have to swing a hammer. Then there is the semi auto that you load a clip of 10 shots in and cock each time and load a nail and fire away. Learn what strength charges to use where. Some call for a full strength and some call for a lesser strength charge. Also clean the gun regularly and lube it to keep it operating smoothly.
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My best luck with those bottom plates is concrete nails. I only use one plate on the bottom and just stand the wall and nail it.

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