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Are powder loads interchangeable between different manufacturers' tools?

Yes, when load caliber and style are kept the same, loads are interchangeable per section 7.8 in ANSI A10.3 that states, “Only those types of fasteners and powder Loads recommended by the tool manufacturer for a particular tool, or those that provide the same level of safety and performance shall be used.

How do I dispose of live powder tools?

Live powder loads are best disposed of by placing them in the appropriate tool and firing the tool. In most areas the spent cartridges can be disposed of in the normal trash. Check with local disposal guidelines for further information.

Where can I find a #5 load for my .22 caliber single shot tool (T22, TP22 and HS22)?

A red #5 powder load in the .22 caliber “A” style is not available. There is an industry  standard that sets the limit on .22 caliber powder tools at a #4 yellow powder load.

Do I need to be certified to operate a Powder Tool?

To operate a Powder Tool, you must be trained and certified by manufacturer for the (particular) tool you are operating. When using Tapcon PAT tools, you can become certified by following our online training and certification course.

I am certified to operate a tool made by a “Brand A”; we only have tools from Tapcon PAT on our jobs

No, it does not. ANSI A10.3 states that, “it is the employers’ responsibility to see that all tool operators are trained for the particular tool being used”. See the Tapcon PAT online training and certification program for quick certification.

What is the correct fastener to attach to a 2 x 4 piece of lumber to a steel beam?

To attach a 2 x 4 to a steel beam, we recommend the 2 inch pin with washer or 1-7/8 inch PowerPoint fastener.

What is the correct fastener to attach to a 2 x 4 piece of lumber to concrete?

For use of .22 caliber tools, a yellow load with a 2-2/1” pin works best. When using the .27 caliber SA27, a yellow or red load with a 2-1/2" or 3” pin can be used.