While I was constructing my compost pile I had to attach the rabbit fencing
to the boards - so I used U staples. Those have got to be the hardest
things to insert into a board. 2 of the worst aspects in a fastener, 1 they
are round and uneven meaning you have to hit them just perfectly in order to
drive them in, 2 they are small so you have to hit them with your fingers
right on the impact surface.
Do the staples with the flat hammer spot at the top of the "U" go in easier,
or are staples like this just a big pain to propery hammer in? If so I
really feel sorry for people who have to string barbed wire fences.
For barbed-wire fences, there is a staple driver tool:
that is called a Goldenrod Hired Hand Staple Driver.
It holds a stick of staples and is hammer-powered so that no fingers
get smashed. It's $50, which is fairly expensive for a bit of rabbit
I have a pneumatic medium-crown construction stapler that would do the
trick, but it's way too expensive other than borrowing from a friend,
unless you already have one. Used to attach sheathing to framing in
On Thu, 15 Jun 2006 21:26:28 -0700, "Eigenvector"
So it's not just me then. I was beginning to wonder if I was doing it the
wrong way or something. I can't fathom doing this for more than a few quick
jobs. Trying to hold the fencing in tension, while driving a very small
uneven staple into wood with a hammer just isn't fun.
Guys who used to do this all day could stick them in the wood with a
finger and drive them home with one sharp whack of the hammer and they
looked beautiful. I am with you, I never got the trick down .
I did usually end up with a purple thumb before I got the needle nosed
Now that's another problem - stretching the fence while stapling it to
lumber. It should be possible to get adequate tension between corner
posts, connect at the corners, then attach to the line posts. A single
stretch should be sufficient since the tension is set once the corners
are stapled. Usually a two-man job.
The staples work well for their intended purpose - attaching wire
fencing to rounded fence posts. They were not designed to go into
boards. That said, hold them like roofing nails - between the first &
second finger tips, palm up, with the thumb out of the way. One tap to
set the points into the wood, remove the hand, and one or two solid
hits to drive it all the way in. The more times you hit it, the more
it will go askew.
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