Staple guns are used for many different applications and to attach a wide variety of materials, including but not limited to insulation, roofing, coax cable, carpeting, house wrap, wires, panel board, crates, and all sorts of quick fix type applications.
If every time something breaks, the first thing you grab is the staple gun (or duct tape), you know you’re a redneck. Okay, seriously, staple guns not only can be used for many applications, they have different types and specific safety measures that need to be adhered to in order to keep all your fingers and toes.
Types of Staple Guns
I suppose most of us think of the old hand held gint stapler our fathers used when we think of staple guns, but there are several types with their own functions and instructions. We will cover the basics here. Here are the basic types of staple guns:
Manual staple gun: This is the common hand operated variety of staple gun that you have to squeeze to fire a staple. When you squeeze the handle, a staple is loaded and fired into whatever surface you place the head up to. They are not like a typical office stapler because an office stapler folds the ends around and a staple gun shoots a staple straight into the surface and can be shot into wood, drywall, tack board, particle board, card board, some types of plastics, and even thin metal. There are different types of manual staple guns for different applications. They also have different size staples.
Electric staple guns: These are often used for similar applications and some tougher ones. They relieve the user of having to squeeze the hard trigger of a manual staple gun and allow you to staple faster and for a longer period of time with little or no exertion. Most construction crews will use these to affix housing wrap and other quick installation type material in new construction houses.
Compressed Air Staple Guns: Compressed Air Staple Guns are basically the same as the electric models, but they use air pressure instead of electricity to shoot the staple into its target.
Types of Triggers
Both electric and Air staple guns can have two types of triggers. There is the “Bump” trigger and the “Restrictive” trigger. Here is a description of each:
Bump Trigger: A bump trigger is one that will rapidly fire staples by holding the trigger and bumping the head against the surface to be stapled. The user can rapidly fire a row of staples into a surface by repeatedly bumping the gun into the surface as they go.
Restrictive Trigger: This trigger was developed to stop double firing of staples such as the Bump Model will do often. It cannot double fire because you have to release the trigger for it load the next staple.
Staple Gun Safety Precautions
No matter what type of staple gun you are using, there are safety concerns you should pay attention to. The people that don’t pay attention to these are the ones that come home with their thumb nail missing or broken and black like we slammed it with a hammer.
To be safe, you should always treat any staple gun like it was a hand gun. In all actuality it is a gun. A gun shoots a bullet and a staple gun shoots a chunk of steal capable of penetrating a wall or a hand, foot or eye! So, as you can see, for all intensive purposes, a staple gun is indeed a GUN! Be careful where you fire one.
Unlike a gun, you have to fire a staple gun indoors sometimes, so that can make it even more dangerous. Just like handguns, staple guns can ricochet too! Watch out and always wear eye protection when using a staple gun. A misfired staple can easily bounce of your working surface and take out your or someone else’s eye. Other simple basic safety instructions include:
• Never point a staple gun at anyone for any reason.
• Keep out of reach of children.
• Keep your hands only on the body and trigger areas and away from the firing end.
• Put on the safety whenever you set it down.