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Comment by Rick Fritz on June 28, 2014 at 7:05pm

O.K. Guys I'm updating my book. What should I update?

Comment by Rick Fritz on May 10, 2011 at 9:11am
What's new out out there guys? I'm kinda outta the loop!
Comment by Jamie Morelock on February 12, 2010 at 2:11pm
On wall and ceilings what methods do you guys use to remove it? Can it be done without a saw?
Comment by Jamie Morelock on February 11, 2010 at 9:08pm
Oh yes the chicken wire, a good technique we have found for that is to start pulling the ceiling or wall by making the initial opening at the seam where the wall and ceiling meet, and pull the ceiling all the way accross the room and work out from that point. You may end up pulling more than you intended but it takes less effort than it does to try to make an expanding h*** where you are constantly fighting the wire. On walls we found it is easier to just cut it with the blade of the axe. Also we like to use the side face of axe head to batter the wall to loosen the plaster from the lath before pulling the lath strips. You can do the same on the ceiling by using the side of a heavy headed hook, kind of as you would venting glass or a little less effective you can strike it with the butt-end as you would to create a purchase working in an expanding circlular motion.

Do you guys run into tongue and groove wood planks for interior wall coverings up North?
Comment by Jamie Morelock on February 11, 2010 at 7:03pm
"Maybe put a D handle on the end so you can perform Lt. Ciampo's punch techinque a little easier and you have a decent overhaul and extension tool!"

The issue is the punch tecniques works well with the all purpose head found on the roofman's hook or the multipupose hook or using the blade on the drywall hook. On most hooks it is more effective to utilize the butt-end to create the perforations to perform this technique. I understand the D can also be used. Having a small area on the butt-end is more effective when making an initail purchase. With a D-handle you run into the same problem as trying to use the large head assembly, too much area to efficiently penetrate. If your entire response district is nothing more than drywall this would not probably present much of an issue. Plaster/lath is nearly impossible to penetrate without considerable effort using the head of any hook much less a D-handle, whereas the butt-end can normally penetrate plaster and break lath after only a few attempts.
Comment by Jamie Morelock on February 11, 2010 at 3:30pm
The purpose of using the butt-end of the hook for the punch technique is to reduce the amount of surface area and the amount of energy required to penetrate the wall or ceiling material. Having to force the D thru the material defeats the purpose. Additionally, holding the D when forcing the head of a hook thru a material increases the likelihood of wrist injuries.
Comment by Rick Fritz on February 11, 2010 at 2:40pm
BEST-ALL PURPOSE HOOK ~ The New York City Fire Department standard hook to exact specifications in every detail. The most versatile hook used in the fire service today. This hook has a multitude of uses, from opening ceilings, walls, floors, moldings and casings to the rapid removal of wood, lath and plaster, tin and sheet metal, plasterboard, fiberboard and sheetrock. Features Specially Tapered Hook-Head Point, Two Workable Ends, Super Streangth Fiberglass Pole, Stainless Steel Wear Sleeve, Choice of Knob End, Electrically Non-Conductive, and Celtex Grips.

Comment by Rick Fritz on February 11, 2010 at 2:39pm
GOOD-BOSTON RAKE HOOK ~ Presently in use by the Boston Fire Department. On the head we have forged the Boston design out of carbon steel joining it to a stainless steel wear sleeve.

BETTER-SAN FRANCISCO HOOK ~ The hook used by the San Francisco Fire Department since the turn of the century. We streamlined the design and brought more function to its features. A sharpened edge and penetration point was added to the right angle along with large gripping teeth on the underside. Celtex grips and fiberglass shaft completes this unit. A gas shut-off and directional slot is built into the ram knob.

Comment by Mark Akins on February 10, 2010 at 8:41pm
Thanks for the info I was looking into the "Boston" rake hook I think is the actual name of it.
Comment by Ben Fleagle on February 5, 2010 at 2:01pm
That's the one! Good little tool.

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