Christmas Gift Ideas (Dec 13)

Friday, December 13, 2013

One of the best gift I ever received while growing up was an Eastwing 22 oz. framing hammer.

Eastwing Hammer
Eastwing Hammer

Before this gift I had to use an old and worn out hand-me-down hammer with a wood handle held together with electrical tape.  You could not hit anything with all your force, because there was the fear that the handle would shatter sending splinters through your hand.  But with my new Eastwing, I could pound away at anything without the fear of damaging my hand or the hammer.    Later in life we had an air powered nail gun that could sink a 16d nail into a 2x4 with just the pull of the trigger.  

While on the UAS Freshman Resident Housing construction site this week, I saw two additional hammers that every tool collector should have:

First is a Bostich SF150C pneumatic nail gun:

Bostitch _† SF150C †-†
Bostitch _† SF150C †-†

This nail gun delivers 35.8 foot-pounds of energy and is capable of driving nails through metal studs.  Just last week I was thinking how great the cordless screw gun was for connecting the metal studs.  Well, with this new pneumatic nail gun, a guy can frame up almost twice the amount of metal studs as before.  This is a good thing because with this new found “free time” the Contractor has been shoveling snow.  They have framed up two floors of each Residence Hall and have two more to go.  By the time classes start back up on January 13, all floors will be framed up and they will be setting roof trusses.

 

Second is a Hilti DX 860-ENP power actuated nail gun that would make Tim the Tool Man happy.

 

 

Nail Gun
Nail Gun
Contractor working Nailgun
Contractor working Nailgun


This thing is over 3-feet tall and weighs 28.3 pounds.  It uses brass cartridges filled with gun powder to deliver 302.4 foot-pounds and can drive a nail through solid steel! 

Steel Set Nail
Steel Set Nail
Nail Gun Powder Cartridges
Nail Gun Powder Cartridges

 

 

The Contractor was using this powerful nail gun to fasten down the metal pan deck to the structural I beams. 

The photo below shows the top of the nail which has a metal collar to hold down the pan deck. 

Nail Head
Nail Head

 

 

The photo below is taken from underneath the I beam where you can see the point of the nail sticking out of the top of the steel beam.  The extreme force of the nail being driven through the steel creates a lot of friction that heats up the steel immediately around the nail.  This is why the frost is melted away from around the nail penetration.  

Nail Penetrating Bottom of Beam
Nail Penetrating Bottom of Beam

 

 

 

Now what are the chances that I can convince Santa Clause that I just gotta have the ultimate nail gun for Christmas.. 

 

 

 

 

 

 



    Comments

         
    #1 Posted by Dragonfly on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 04:47 PM
         

    Although we all wish we didn't have to shovel snow, it really is Christmas in December, not July.

    Don't you mean when we get back to school January 13th?


    #2 Posted by Nathan NLEIGH1 on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 04:51 PM
         

    You are absolutly correct!

     

    Classes start January 13, 2014.     You now have no excuses for missing your first dayt back in class


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