Whether you call it a powered stapler or a stacker, a staple gun is still a fastener, perhaps the only one you need to add to your fastening collection. Yes. You can use a staple gun for many different functions and to affix different things such as house wrap, wiring, roofing, insulation, upholstery, hobby, craft, as well as carpeting.
A staple gun is different from other fastening tools such as office staplers. For instance, unlike your ordinary office staples, a staple gun doesn’t have an anvil – the metallic part with curved ends that bends the edges of a staple outwards or inwards, flattening them against sheets of papers. As such, staples set with staple guns retain their straight edges and are fixed in place by the friction of the edges of the material, just like ordinary nails. As a matter of fact, some stapler gun models handle nails, brads as well as staples.
Other models use divergent part staples where the edges twist as the staples drive into the material, for better holding power.
But is this all on how staple guns work?
No, let’s get into details and discuss some of the nagging details that you need to know about using a staple gun:
- What are the different types of staple guns?
- How specifically do these guns work?
- Why do I need a staple gun?
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Types of Staple Guns
A manual staple gun – it operates on “your” power. It is the simplest form of staple guns and it loads and fires staples as you press its trigger, using the energy from a spring. A manual stapler gun squeeze lifts a plunger to engage bent pressure bars, which slip onto a loader, pressing the firing area and releasing a staple. Is quite portable as well as safe,
An electrical staple gun – it operates on batteries, compressed air, or electricity power. Its primary benefit is the capability to work on heavy-duty material for a very long time with little physical exhaustion – you don’t get tired. It uses expanding gas to push the staples out of the device (just like a real gun), except that it doesn’t have powder to ignite the staple (like a bullet). It comes with 2 types of triggers: the bump mode and the sequential mode, which shows the trigger device you use.
- On the sequential mode triggers, also known as a restrictive trigger, a staple is released and you must release the trigger to insert the next staple. This ensures that there is no second staple being released or no double fire if you accidently bump your gun.
- The bump trigger also referred as the dual action trigger, is a rapid fire gun that dispenses a staple by frequently bumping the device against a surface while pressing the trigger.
How Staple Guns Work – Step by Step
Things You Will Require
- Safety glasses or goggles.
- Staples – for loading into your staple gun.
- Staple gun – they are different types of staple guns:
A staple gun uses a spring attached firing system, where a strike is driven down powerfully enough to join off a staple, penetrate the surface being joined, and twist the edges of the staple toward the gun or hold it through friction.
But there is a process before you realize this:
1. Safety First
Wear a pair of safety goggles or glasses. If your staple has a lock, ensure it is well-locked. Ensure that your device is unplugged before you begin to load the staples – for an electric staple gun. Ensure that no one is seating or standing near you when loading your staple device.
2. Examine the Surface
Examine the surface you want to staple, and compare it with the depth and width of the staples you intend to use. For instance, if you fixing a wire to a wall, make sure your staples are wide enough so that they won’t puncture the wire. If you are fixing 2 surfaces together, make sure your staples are long enough to penetrate the first surface, but not so long that they will penetrate through the second item to the other end.
3. Load Your Staple Gun
Open the body of your staple gun by pushing the colored fastener situated at the rear of your stapler gun. Press the release knob to inject the tray and load the staples. Ensure that all the staples are in line with your gun carriage. Shut the body of the gun and ensure that you hear a sound or click which means that you have properly locked the carriage.
To start stapling, plug your gun if it’s an electrical one. Release its’ trigger lock. Place and level your staple gun with the material that you wish to staple. Align the front surface of your staple device to where you wish the staple to be inserted. This will take you to the next step.
5. Slowly Press the Trigger
The amount of effort that you will need to apply to press the trigger will depend on the kind of staple gun that you use. You will require more effort if you are using a manual gun and less effort if you are using an electrical one.
6. Move to the Next Surface
Place your staple gun to the next material, and repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have finished stapling all the surfaces. When you are done, lock the trigger, and unplug your gun from the power source. Release its tray latch, and remove all the remaining staples. Place your gun in its recommended case.
Through understanding how staple guns work, you will eliminate or reduce many frustrating situations.
3 common areas of problems are a worn out spring, a jam within the staples, and a clogged hammer.
1. Worn Out Spring
If your stapler’s spring is having issues or can’t maintain enough tension, it will not produce enough force to smoothly feed new staples. To examine, the spring, open your staple gun, push it back, and let it go. The spring will swiftly contact the surface of staples. If its reaction is not forceful enough or is slow, you will need to replace it.
2. Staple Jam
First, ensure that the staples you are using are the right size for your gun. Guide rails, as well as the staples feed, are made for a certain distance between every staple point, and even a little shift can lead to an uneven flow of gun’s staples and lead to a staple jam.
If your staple gun isn’t releasing any staple, a jam might have occurred. Open your gun and remove the tray of staples. Slide the spring rare to forth to ensure that the staples are freely able to be released. If the spring doesn’t move, there may be a staple stuck in the rails or near the spring preventing its motion.
3. Clogged Hammer
Misshapen staples might be the result of the hammer not striking the individual staple in the right area. Again, ensure that all the staples are the right size first. If they are sized correctly, open the gun’s surface and examine the hammer by pressing down the head of a stapler.
The hammer should easily slide downward without any impediment. An obstruction can be dislodged with a flat surface screwdriver, but if grease, gunk, or dirt has clogged or is obstructing the hammer, white vinegar or WD-40 can be used as a degreaser to eradicate it. Adding a little lubrication to the hammer may also release the tension and aid the stapler to work more smoothly.
Tips on Handling Your Staple Gun
Regardless of the kind of the staple gun you use, you need to understand how to use it correctly to avoid any mishaps.
- Never leave your stapler unattended.
- Make sure you always engage your stapler’s safety lock.
- Never point your stapler to anyone, even if it’s not loaded.
- Never keep your finger near the trigger when you don’t need to staple.
- Read the stapler’s manual before you begin to use it.
- Always inspect what you want to staple.
- Don’t give your stapler to your child.
- Always unplug your staple gun after using it.
- Nailing one staple on top of another can result in ricochet mishaps.
A staple gun is useful for fast fastening tasks. It can drive 3 or more staples or nails in the time takes to hammer a single nail. It can be used to secure ceiling tile, carpet padding, screening, fabric, wire, weather stripping, and poster board. Staple guns are often available in light duty and heavy duty model. Heavy duty models often load 5 sizes of staples: 9/16, ½, 3/8, 5/16, and ¼-inch.
It is always good to understand how things work, especially things that can result in an accident with ease. The above list of how staple guns work will help you to work more effectively with your stapler. If you liked it or have any comment about it, kindly leave your comment in the comment section.