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Anyone who has read my review on the chop saw will know I am building a shed from scratch. Another handy tool needed was a staple gun and staples to tack damp- proof sheeting to the outside of each frame, before nailing on the feather board.
And, because I intend to insulate the inside and cover with thin hardboard, it would be quicker fastening this to the frame with staples rather than nails or screws - and less expensive.
I was on a mission to get the best price for all my materials, getting quotes from three companies, the first and nearest of the three, failed to get the first order of timber because their quotes were highest.
However, undaunted knowing that, with this particular firm, if I ummm and aaahd enough, prices would drop; I had dealt with them before, their policy seemed to be -Think of a number, treble it, add their age and divide by two to reach a price. I believe they get commission on all they sell. Their stock are not priced, but labelled with a bar code, and their blurb states "There is room for negotiation," so negotiate I do.
Since I do have an old stapler, but no staples, I was not considering purchasing another, but buying staples was proving more difficult than I had ever anticipated. I knew the size that would fit, but when asking in two separate stores for staples, there was an instant sucking in of air through pursed lips as they asked, what model stapler, as if they had already made up their minds that I knew nothing about them, which of course was an accurate assumption.
"Ah, you will need a Stanley modal xy or z for the staples we have in stock."
"Why?" says I. "Well there is no guarantee that these staples won't jam your stapler," says he. Whereupon, having believed him, I enquired the cost of the Stanley Sharp shooter on display, adding that no doubt it would be far too expensive.
"Well, what do you call expensive?" says he. "Anything over a fiver," said I, jokingly. "These retail at £37, says he." "Pfft, you keep it," says I, "I will take a pack of staples and risk them jamming my old stapler."
Undeterred, obviously wanting a sale and aware of the fact I wanted to purchase a substantial assortment of nails and screws, he dropped the price right down to £10. I know from old, that Stanley products are of trustworthy quality, and knew it was a genuine bargain. Seconds later, the Stanley Sharpshooter 0-TR250 stapler was mine.
You might be interested to know that I did try the staples in my ancient stapler and it worked perfectly, no jamming occurred. Even so, I was very happy with my new acquisition, it was much more comfortable to use.
Stanley SharpShooter 0-TR250 Staple/Nail gun:
The smooth, metallic, gunmetal grey casing of this sturdy, heavy-duty stapler is made of aluminium with the maker's name, Stanley, emblazoned down one side and "Air craft Aluminium," printed in light grey on the base under the grip.
Price: ranges from £13.99 to £41.99
Weight: 643g (1.4lbs)
Length: 18cm (7-inches)
Width: 3cm (1.2-inches) - at its widest point.
It will accept 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm and 14mm staple lengths. The length of staple selected should be long enough so that 5mm will penetrate through the thickness being stapled. For example, if stapling thin card to wood, a 6mm length staple will suffice.
It also accepts 15mm and 12mm length brads, which are T-shaped nails - rectangular heads rather than round; and will also take G type staples for fixing cables and wiring to a firm base. These galvanised staples are rust resistant.
A proper little multi-tasker eh?
The ergonomically designed soft-grip lever and inner grip, are covered with a firm, rubberised coating, making it non-slip and very comfortable to hold. It also lessens the slight shock of recoil when the staple is released.
The lever, when depressed releases a staple into the materials. Just below this is a handle lock, which holds the lever down when the stapler is not in use.
At the rear end of the stapler, is a short lever to adjust the power to staple different materials. Less power will be required to fix card to wood than wood-to-wood.
On the side at the front end is the staple size and reload window, showing the size of staples loaded and when the gun needs refilling.
Right at the front is a small wheel which when rotated drops down an inverted U-shaped projection called a wire guide, to position over cables and wires when stapling them with G type staples, to prevent spearing the cable.
To load, the stapler is turned upside down and the sliding loader, positioned in the underside channel, is pulled out. Staples are loaded with arms upwards along the channel and the loader secured back into position. Brads are loaded on the left of the tray with heads facing downwards, facing the lever.
My experience and impression
A useful sheet of instructions was supplied with the stapler, listing the sizes of staples and brads it would take, the sort of tasks for which it could be used and safety advice.
To use; the stapler is held firmly against the materials being stapled and the lever depressed.
It does take some considerable pressure to depress the lever when adjusted to high power, it is then I need to use both hands to fire the staples. However, when using short staples and adjusted to low power it was easy enough to use one-handed.
The first thing I noticed when using this stapler, comparing it with my older model, was how comfortable it was to hold. The lever-travel distance, was much shorter, and the shock of recoil, which occurs as the staple is released, was much reduced; but after using it almost nonstop for an hour or so, my fingers began to tire from their constant squeezing action on the trigger. However, I would not normally use it so extensively in one day.
This stapler is perfect for fixing insulation, carpet underlay, panelling and general repairs. The nailer is used more for coving, picture framing and other such like projects. The cable tacker is ideal for fixing low voltage wires, cables and Christmas lights, safely. But for large projects, and prolonged use, I felt the need for a electrically powered stapler. - Watch this space.
Well, I did buy a electric nailer, but yet found it a little too cumbersome and so continued to use the Stanley stapler.