Ramset powder actuated tools secure materials to both concrete and steel quicker than standard drilled fasteners. Although efficient, Ramset tools are powder actuated tools. Since a powder actuated tool works like a gun, you need to treat the tool with the same respect. The powder loads used to send a drive pin fastener into steel and concrete are .22 or .27 caliber and can turn a drive pin flying at deadly projectile. Taking safety precautions will reduce the chances of injury to you or others by a Ramset powder actuated tool.
Put on your safety glasses.
Hang the warning placards around the area you will be using the Ramset tool with masking tape. You need to ensure that every entrance to the area you are working is well marked. This will warn persons that a powder actuated tool is in use within the marked area.
Don your hearing protection.
Walk the area where you will use the tool to ensure that no flammable liquids are present in the area.
Determine if the material is suitable to receive a drive pin by holding a drive pin against the material and striking the back of the pin with a hammer. If the drive pin leaves a small indentation, the material will hold the drive pin. Do not use a powder round for this step, as the blown from the hammer will cause the powder round to detonate.
Inspect the Ramset powder actuated tool to ensure that each part moves freely and operates properly. Refer to the operating manual to determine the correct functionality of the parts of the Ramset tool you are using.
Feed a powder load strip or ring into the Ramset powder actuated gun.
Load a drive pin(s) into the Ramset and make sure the tool's safety is on. Do not place your hand over the end of the barrel or point the Ramset gun at anyone, as a misfire could cause serious injury or death to you or others.
Press the end of the Ramset powder actuated tool against the surface of the material, click off the safety and pull the trigger of the tool to fire the drive pin into the material.
Make sure the powder load strip or ring moves to the next live position before loading another drive pin into the tool's chamber.