PSD Qualified Powder Actuated Tool Operator Assessment

Welcome to the Powder Actuated Fastening Systems Qualified Tool Operator Examination.

PSD Powder Actuated Operator Examination

You can fasten into welded areas of steel.

  • True
  • False

The weakest power level should be used when making the first fastening.

  • True
  • False

List the proper powder load level number (1-6) next to each color listed.

  • Load Level 1
  • Load Level 2
  • Load Level 3
  • Load Level 4
  • Load Level 5
  • Load Level 6

A powder actuated tool cannot be safely used in an explosive or flammable atmosphere.

  • True
  • False

Eye protection and hearing protection should not be worn by the operator and any necessary bystanders when using the tool.

  • True
  • False

After conducting a Center Punch Test, the best way to check the base material is to set several fasteners using the least powerful load.

  • True
  • False

Malfunctioning tools cannot be used and must be removed from service immediately.

  • True
  • False

Piston overdrive is caused by overpowering of the tool or by discharging the tool against a soft surface.

  • True
  • False

Placing a hand over the muzzle bushing of a loaded tool can result in serious injury from piston overdrive or an escaping fastener if the tool is discharged accidentally.

  • True
  • False

Fishhooking is a condition which can occur when a powder actuated fastener strikes a piece of hard aggregate or very hard concrete, bends and comes out of the work surface. A fishhook can cause a serious injury or death.

  • True
  • False

The proper loading procedure is: insert fastener first, powder load second. The fastener should always be placed in the tool prior to the load.

  • True
  • False

To determine the suitability of a base material, use the fastener as a center punch.

If the material cracks or shatters, do not fasten; the material is too .  If the fastener penetrates easily, do not fasten; the material is too .  If the fastener is blunted, do not fasten; the material is too:.

In concrete, a fastener should be driven no closer to an unsupported edge than:

  • 1/2” (13mm)
  • 3” (76mm)
  • 1-1/2” (38mm)

Which one of the following materials is usually suitable for powder actuated fastenings?

  • hollow tile
  • poured concrete
  • surface hardened steel
  • glazed brick

When considering the safety of a particular application, the operator must think about:

  • the base material
  • the powder load power level
  • the operator’s safety
  • the safety of bystanders and fellow workers
  • all of the above

Which one of the following building materials is not suitable as a receiving material (base material) for powder actuated fasteners?

  • wood
  • sheet rock
  • fiberglass
  • sheet metal
  • all of the above

Unsafe applications for powder actuated tools may be caused by which of the following?

  • a soft base material
  • improper powder load
  • fastening too close to an unsupported edge
  • a malfunctioning tool
  • fastening into a spalled area
  • all of the above

When operating a powder actuated tool, your hand should never be placed:

  • around the tool body
  • in front of the tool muzzle
  • over the tool handle

When fastening into concrete, the base material should be greater than the shank penetration by at least:

  • 1 time
  • 2 times
  • 3 times

It is necessary to read the Operator’s Manual prior to operating a DeWALT low velocity tool.

  • True
  • False