Here are the implements of destruction. With the items listed below you can alter the Earth forever. This may sound a bit overblown, but it is true. A hole is a permanent scar. Always use your best judgement when thinking about placing a bolt or rivet. About the FISH Drilling System: Our system is based on the Rawl Drill of years gone bye. This hand percussion system is the most widely used system in the USA and for good reason. It works. If you have an old drill handle floating around in your dusty gear, chances are it is a Rawl type drill holder and will accept our bits and accessories. Our bits will also fit the Five-Ten Drill Handle and Rubber Grips. All of our bits are carbide tipped for long life. We have these bits made specifically for hand drilling using the Rawl, Five-Ten or Fish systems. The advantage of our drills over the other guys is that ours are matched in length to the bolts you will be placing. What this means is that you won't be bent over backwards trying to drill a hole with a drill that is not only too long, but intended for use in a Bosch type power drill. You will not be holding onto a moped grip. You will not be losing your wrenches. You will not be using hardware store drills that you must file meticulously at home. With the FISH System, what you will be using is: Durable carbide tipped drills made for this system, a molded rubber grip that offers real protection for your hand from mis-hits, an attached drift pin so there is no loose wrenches or set screws to fall out, and a time proven design that will get the job done.
5/16" X 3/4" Machine Bolt Rivet (for a 1/4" hole) $0.50 ea.
3/8" X 1" Machine Bolt Rivet (for a 5/16" hole) $0.45 ea.
5/16" X 6" SDS Rock Drill $16.00 ea.
3/8" X 6" SDS Rock Drill $15.00 ea.
1/2" X 6" SDS Rock Drill $21.00 ea.
FISH Rubber Grip CLOSEOUT $1.00 each.
Bolt Kit Bag (small beef) $9.50 ea.
Note: Due to the nature of rock drilling, drills will break. Therefore, Fish Products does not offer a warranty on rock drills. To avoid any inconvenience, during use, always carry at least 2 drills.
Bosch or Hilti Conversion info:
This is a way to convert your existing drill into to a rock eating monster. I use this set up and get between 25-35 holes per charge with my Bosch 24 volt drill. Climbing Magazine did an article on how to do it in issue #182. Although the method is sound, the materials used were not as good I would recommend. Instead of using speaker wire, do yourself a favor and use a fairly fat electrical cord. A 50ft length is pretty good and you only loose about 25% of your drilling power. Using zip ties as they recommend is lame. These will only hurt your hand and last a short time. Drill into the handle of your drill and then feed the connection wire through this hole. Secure it with a knot on the inside of the drill handle, and leave the female plug on the outside. Much more bomber and clean. For even more info, go to our Tech Weenie Pages.
Use these 9mm links as a quick and strong attachment to bolt hangers, our Lower Off Clips, or even your own webbing when making a rap station or multi-use anchor. $2.75 ea.
FISH MussyHooks: These big industrial
clips go nicely with our Lap Links or Quick Links for an easy
top out and lower station on any route. The big radius hook is
easy to clip into and has a keeper bail to keep your rope from
escaping. Now used all over the place as the ultimate top out
anchor. You've probably used them at the Owens River Gorge, The
Pit in Flagstaff, Arizona and maybe even at your favorite sport
crag. Tested to 8000 lbs. MussyHook only $5.00 ea., as
shown with Hanger, Quick Link, and Lower Off $9.25 ea.
FISH Back-up Anchor:
Add this to an existing anchor as a back-up system. Made to be placed high and away from possible bad rock or dicey anchors. Does not come with a bolt. $9.75 ea.
|TIPS: The bolting stuff
listed above needs certain things to make them work. For openers,
a good hammer is essential for the actual pounding of the hole.
Most kits will need a wrench to torque the bolts down with. The
size needed is: 5/8" for the Dire Emergency and 5/8"
for the 3/8" Standard Kit (13mm should also work). If you
find yourself having to replace an existing bolt, in the same
hole, with a different size bolt ( like a 1/4" bolt hole,
and putting in a new 5/16" bolt) drill very carefully. The
edge of the old hole should not be damaged in any way. As you
drill, be wary of the drill binding in the hole. If you are on
a wall or in the middle of a 1/4" rivet ladder, and a bolt/rivet
pops outs, a quick replacement can be made with a 5/16"
Machine Bolt. Just (if needed) smoosh the threads down a bit
and slam it into the 1/4" hole. Nice fit! No Bolt Kit should
be used as a badge of courage. Having some bolts in your pack
or haul bag shouldn't replace knowledge, skill or good judgement.
BONEHEAD: Hanging on a drill while drilling WILL break your drill. Rock drills are not made to take ANY shear load. Rock chips will fly all over while drilling. If you like the Pirate look or think eye patches are fashionab1e, drill without Safety Glasses. If you place a shitty bolt, fix it now. Clipping that bomb on your ascent, then leaving it for somebody else is bad form. If you're on a Trad fling, fix it later, on rap. Just don't leave it for the other guy. Adding bolts to any established route, is in general, a major sin. Do not do it without much leg work to find out the prevailing attitude of your dubious deed.
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