Thinking about investing in some sort of staple gun, as I will be laying
a carpet soon, and a gun would be handy for going around the edges, into
a wooden floor.
Do I need an electric gun, or will a manual one do the job?
Staple guns work best on vinyl flooring and that sort of material. You don't
need a powered one. the guy who put my kitchen floor covering down seemed to
have one that was cocked by some kind of lever and a spring.
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Oddly, an electric one may well be cheaper than a good quality manual one.
I rather liked those manual 'hammer' types which we used at work. Until I
found out how much they cost. ;-)
Mine gets used for tacking down the underlay. I'd use gripper board for
the carpet itself.
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Faced with stapling a house worth of chicken wire I bought the Screwfix
offer. Tacwise Duo at ?75.00
Did the job OK. Not sure if the staples suit carpet. 6mm ish wide.
It is critical that the staples have parallel sides when loaded in the
m/c. Otherwise they do not feed. Suspect any opened packs proffered by
I've one of these:
(Stanley Electric Staple/Brad Nail Gun TRE550)
Used for underlay (several rooms) and general tacking. No complaints at
all, although I haven't got the hang of the high/low power setting -
seems much the same to me.
I reckon an electric one is more useful to have than a manual "click"
type because it will also cope with tacking down hardboard as a
precursor to vinyl. (I've never had a "hammer" type but I'd guess that
would do both jobs fine). As someone else pointed out, the electric one
is also useful in tight spaces.
Manual ones are handy if you need to fix polythene or tarp to a wooden
framework, also good for fixing clematis netting to fences etc.
On Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 12:42:17 AM UTC+1, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:
Cheap staple guns, especially electric ones, are the work of the devil. You'll spend more time clearing blockages before you fire it at the wall.
We used to use staple guns a lot and even the expensive air driven ones jam occasionally. Real P.I.T.A.
Although replacement staples are readily available for the cheaper
Aldi/Lidl electric staplers many suppliers do not list these
manufactures on the compatibility lists. I've found that Toolsatan do
replacements for my Aldi/Lidl stapler. Make a note of the physical size
of the staple(s) before running out as the handbook may not state the
size (just an harder to obtain order number)
It is also advisable to have a test piece/area to adjust the power of
the hit. With some materials too hard a hit will push the staple
completely through the material to be fixed.
For outdoor use consider the use of 'stainless' staples.
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