# Staple/stapler for builds

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#### Geek1945

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Staplers in wood construction why remove?
It seems the 'common as mud' T50 stapler is the builder's choice to secure wood assemblies while adhesives set. What is puzzling is then removing them afterwards considering the minimal weight distribution and labor involved. Is weight the only reason to remove staples or something else? After all doesn't the staple provide additional fastener strength and it's already set in the wood/epoxy?
I recall wasn't small cement coated brads common place for this task? I'm sure glad not to deal with those small brads, tack hammers, and brad setters since removal is PITA.
Experience has proven the value of pneumatic staplers over the hand operated ones, especially in setting proper staple depth and avoiding wood splitting. Just talk to my wife on recovering chair seats.

#### Dan Thomas

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The summery is the pros building \$300K airplanes leave them in, the craftsmen use nails left in, the UL guys take them out, and the guys who hate the way staples look take them out. With a good epoxy varnish, they will not rust out in two to three lifetimes.
Nails left in are brass. Even then we see staining of the wood, and even under a good varnish. There's always residual moisture in the wood, ideally 15% for maximum strength.

Dan

#### rbrochey

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I have a Harbor Freight electric stapler and I'm very happy with it. Has seen lots of use and abuse and is holding up well. Best thing is, it also shoot 5/8" brads, with decent force.
Which one of their staplers did you get? And what staples did you use?? Thanks!

#### don january

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Which one of their staplers did you get? And what staples did you use?? Thanks!
I found myself using a GS brand hand stapler using 1/2 x 5/16 chisel point staple mainly on FUS gusset's. I found that a light tap with a small ball peen hammer help's set them tight. I try and go light on the amount of staple's and pull once glue has set for 24 hr's. Each person has their own way and Equip. but this has worked well for me. Rib's are a different mission and staples. Don

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