|Nail gun with left to right an unfired nail, one that has been fired into the concrete and a single charge.|
I'm not a gun fanatic by any stretch of the imagination but I did find happiness with the still warm gun you see above. Let me explain. I have done lots of remodeling over the years and that has involved anchoring walls on top of freshly poured concrete that had j-bolts in place to hold the wall to the concrete. However, I have never had to attach a new wall to existing concrete. But when I was contemplating adding two new stud walls to the bare concrete walls of my office/exercise room/spare bedroom, I wasn't sure how I was going to anchor the base of those walls to the concrete. I thought about using concrete anchor bolts that I would have to drill but I would have to beg/borrow/steal/rent a drill capable of doing that and the concrete bolts are fairly pricey and overkill since this wall will see absolutely no shear loading what so ever. Or I could get a ramset gun you see above which essentially harnesses the energy of a specially made bullet to 'fire' a spike into the concrete. I've never used one before so there was the unknown factor.
After reading many reviews and videos on the subject, I opted to go the latter route and with my walls studded and plumbed, the time had come to crap or get off the pot - so to speak. It was pretty straightforward to use and I must say I was expecting a sound similar to firing a real gun in an enclosed space so I made sure to have hearing and vision protection on. You stick the nail up into the end of the barrel and load a single powder cartridge into the chamber. With it loaded, I just pressed it against the treated bottom plate to depress the safety and pulled the trigger. Although definitely loud enough to warrant ear protection, it wasn't nearly as loud as a real gun would have been. The recoil was first and I definitely wanted to use my body weight to hold it down especially since I had to use the highest charged cartridge to seat the nails in 40+ year old concrete. Five minutes later, the job was completed and I'm ready to start digging into the electrical work. But as I held the still warm gun and contemplated the alternatives, I was happy to have firmly anchored walls and couldn't help but think that I knew what John Lennon was thinking.