I'm trying to staple carpet to a 4x4 piece of wood to make a scratching
post for my cats. The staples are 1/2" (12mm) and I'm having trouble
getting them all the way into the wood. They don't seem to go all the
way in and they're easy to pull out of the carpet and wood (too short).
Also, one side of the staple keeps bending everytime which I suspect
may be part of the problem. Here's a picture of the bent staple -
What am I doing wrong? Do I need longer staples? The only other size
staple is 9/16 (14 mm). Or is the problem that I need to use more
strength/force to get that staple in?
Last year, I used another staple gun to do the same thing and I had no
problems. But I may have used longer staples. Or maybe that staple gun
is better than the one I'm currently using.
Just in case anyone wants to know, the staple gun I'm using is the
Stanley Heavy Duty Staple and Nail Gun - Model TR250.
Or what the OP could do is use 1" crown staples in
an air gun. They work well on the floor so they
should work on a post. Double the carpet over and
staple about 3/8 inch from the fold for a neat
Been there done that. I ended up buying a Duo-Fast electric narrow
crown stapler. It kicks like a 22 pistol. I now have at least 3
staplers (not sure I haven't seen the 4th one for a while), 2 electric
and a manual. I find the manual one good when you don't want full
penetration like hanging weather barrier temporarily till I can get the
siding up, but any upholstery job, unless you can see through the
material, calls for the electric narrow crown.
Practice a few times with scrap carpet and scrap wood. When stapling
carpet to wood I usually have to push most of the carpet nap out of the
way of the stapler, and push the stapler very hard against carpet
backing and wood. If you still have problems, you may need the extra
Best -- Terry
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