A staple gun is very useful to have at home because it can be used for many purposes. With a staple gun, you can fasten fabrics and also do some minor carpet repairs. Similarly, it can be used to join two or more pieces of wood together.
The good thing about this gadget is that you can switch between different stapling materials because one kind of staple can’t be used on all materials. For instance, rivets are used to staple metallic sheets together.
Owning a staple gun is one thing; knowing how to use it is another. If you have never used a staple gun before, you might experience difficulty when operating it. There is also the risk of getting injured by the wires, as staple guns are designed to shoot a staple wire through hard materials such as plastic, wood and fabric.
Types of Staple Gun
There are four types of staple gun. Manual staple guns were the first to be invented, and are still in use. They are quite cumbersome, and require the user to apply a great deal of force. Therefore, they are not recommended for frequent use. On the other hand, they are better than other types of staple guns as they don’t rely on a power source.
The second type of staple gun is powered by electricity. These are the most efficient type of staple gun. Electric staple guns can be used on many projects because they require little to no force. The downside is that they are useless without electricity. They are also costlier than other types of staple guns.
Compressed air staple guns can either be powered by electricity or manually. The last type of staple gun is powered by a battery. This type of staple gun is ideal when you’re working away from electricity.
Loading the Staple Gun
The staples are usually placed in a chamber that is fastened via a locking mechanism to ensure that they remain in place during the job. If you run out of staple wires, you may not be able to fasten anything, as you will be firing blanks. To load the staple gun with more staple wires, start by locating the colored latch at the rear of the gun’s body. Pushing the button will cause the lock to open.
You can then retrieve the staple tray and arrange the staples. Observe that all the staples are in alignment with the staple holder. You then return the staple tray to its initial position and push the lock button until you hear a clicking sound. If you don’t do this, the staples will definitely come out when you are in the middle of the job.
Stapling Like a Pro
Before you staple any surface, you should make sure that the material you are working with is on the same level as the staple gun. Place the staple gun on your chosen material and pull the handle. If the staple wire doesn’t go through the material, you might have to staple the same place several times. Sometimes the staples bend when they are halfway through the material, because you are not applying the appropriate pressure.
- Read the manual before you attempt to operate the staple gun.
- Never leave an electric staple gun plugged into a wall socket, even if you are only going away for a short time.
- Keep staple guns out of reach from children.
- A good rule of the thumb is to always examine the surface that you want to staple to ensure that there are no electric cables underneath it – these might cause electrocution.
- It is recommended that you wear protective eye wear when stapling to keep stray objects at bay.
- When using an electric staple gun, examine the power cable to see if the insulating material is still intact. If part of it is worn out, you should replace it immediately to avoid injuries that result from electric shocks.
- To avoid unwanted stapling, lock the equipment trigger after every use.
- Never direct the staple gun towards yourself or other people, regardless of whether it is loaded or not.