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Staple guns are your go-to source for quick and easy installations of upholstery, furnishings or trims. Staple guns are categorized according to their means of power. In this case, we have manual, electric and pneumatic (compressed air) staple guns.
Before you can use your staple gun, you have to figure out how to load it. Loading a staple gun can be a quite daunting task to those new to their use. Figuring out how to load a staple gun is pretty a close and shut deal once you know how to open the magazine.
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How to load a Staple Gun
For your convenience and thorough understanding, we have explained how to load the different kinds of staple guns. Without much thought, let us get on with it.
How to load an Electric Staple Gun
First and foremost, remember to switch off the power source. This would mean removing the batteries or unplugging your electric stapler from a power outlet. This is ultimately a safety measure to prevent accidental firing while loading the staple gun.
Electric staples are bottom loading. Try and locate the magazine release button at the bottom of your stapler. The magazine release button holds the magazine in place while firing.
Once you have pressed the release button, proceed to pull out the magazine. With the magazine pulled out, hold your stapler upside down and insert your staples leg first. The staples will slide down towards the staple nose, where they are fired from.
Push the magazine back into the staple until you hear a definite click. This ensures that the magazine is locked into position and the magazine release button is fastened.
Connect your staple gun to its power source and test out the firing on some scrap material. Use scrap material close in thickness to what you intend to fire staples into. Staples should be fired one at a time.
Load a Pneumatic Staple Gun
Switch off your air compressor and disengage the air hose from the staple gun. The air hose is secured to the staple gun by a bolt, so unfastening the bolt should do the trick. If the bolt is tightly screwed in, you might need to use a screwdriver to help you out.
With the staple gun safely powered off, you can proceed with the loading. However, if your staple gun has a safety trip, remember to activate it before commencing with the loading.
At the bottom of your staple gun, you will find the magazine follower that sets your staple gun’s magazine in place. Push the magazine follower away from the staple gun to release the magazine.
With the magazine released, load your staples onto the rail in leg-first. The staple strip should easily slide up and down the rail without getting stuck. Slide your magazine back into the staple gun and fasten the magazine follower behind it.
With the magazine properly attached, the staple gun may push the staples forward into the staple gun. Test out the firing on suitable scrap material of similar thickness to what you intend to fire staples into.
Load a Manual Staple Gun
The manual staple guns usually have a strip of tape at the front to prevent scratching of materials while using the staple gun. Start by pulling back this strip of tape to expose the magazine.
With the tape out, locate the magazine release button at the back of the stapler. Push this button to release the magazine. Sometimes, you might need to try pulling on the button to release the magazine.
Pulling on the magazine may take a little effort if the stapler is old and well worn. Use a screwdriver to fasten this process if the magazine seems to be stuck. Otherwise, your magazine should slide out nice and easy.
Load the strip of staples leg first onto the rail. Push back the magazine into the staple until you hear a definitive click. Test out the firing on appropriate scrap material of similar thickness to what you intend to fire the staples into.
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How to load a Stanley Staple Gun
Stanley Staple Gun can be used for quick, simple and effective upholstery, trimmings and light construction. Loading the Stanley Staple Gun requires heavy-duty Stanley staples which are between ¼ and 9/16 inches long. This staple gun also has a loading window for viewing when reloading is necessary as well as a locking handle to prevent accidental firing.
To load your Stanley Staple Gun, first, ensure the handle is locked. Turn the staple gun upside down and locate the lever that holds the magazine in place. The magazine should be at the front of the stapler. Pull the lever out to expose the loading rail (magazine). Insert your staple strip in leg-first.
Once the staple strip is loaded in place, push back the magazine into the staple gun until you hear a definitive click. Test out your firing on appropriate scrap material.
How to load a Bostitch Staple Gun
Bostitch Staple Guns can load both standard sized and heavy duty staples. The Bostitch Staple Gun can be both manual and pneumatic powered. Before proceeding with any loading of staples, ensure you have appropriately powered off your staple gun according to its source of energy.
How to load standard sized staples
- Grasp the handle with one hand and hold down the bottom of the stapler with your other hand.
- Pull back the handle until the hinge that covers the rail is exposed. The rail is housed in your staple gun’s magazine.
- Clear the rail of any stray staples and dirt using compressed air. Remember, stray staples and foreign materials can cause staple jams.
- Load your staple gun with a strip of staples leg-side down. Tilt your staple gun slightly such that the strip of staples slides forwards towards the front of the rail.
- Push the handle back down and feel the tension on the hinge restore. Test out the firing on appropriate scrap material.
How to load heavy duty staples
- Hold the staple gun upside down and locate the release latch that is at the backend of the staple gun. The release latch holds the magazine, which is at the front of your stapler, in place.
- Press the release latch and pull out the magazine to expose the loading rail.
- Place your strip of staples leg-side up onto the rail.
- Push the magazine back into the staple gun until a definitive click is heard. The click sound ensures the release latch is fastened.
- Test out the firing on appropriate scrap material.
How to load an Arrow Staple Gun
You will need Arrow T50 Staple Gun staples when loading your Arrow Staple Gun. Once you have your staples ready, follow the following steps to load your Arrow Staple Gun.
- Disconnect your Arrow Staple Gun from the electrical power outlet, if you have the electrical Arrow Staple Gun. Manual Arrow Staple Guns are ready to go.
- Locate the staple pusher release. It is at the bottom end of your Arrow Staple Gun. The staple pusher release holds in the magazine.
- Push the staple pusher release inwards and downwards to release the loading rail. The loading rail is housed inside the magazine. Pull out the loading rail so you can easily insert a whole strip of staples.
- Place your strip of staples on the rail leg-side down.
- Push the loading rail back into the staple gun until the stapler pusher release is engaged. You can determine this once a definitive “click” sound is heard.
- Test out the firing on an appropriate scrap material.
How to load a Craftsman Staple Gun
For this loading operation, you will need staples that are between 5/8 to 1 ½ inches long with a ¼ inch crown. You also need safety goggles for safety measures.
- Disconnect the Craftsman Staple Gun from the air compressor by turning the air compressor off and disengaging the air hose from the staple gun.
- Locate the latch release that should be at the bottom end of the magazine. The magazine is located at the front of your stapler.
- Press and pull the latch release at the bottom of the magazine and slide out the cover.
- Place your staples in the magazine leg-side down.
- Slide back the magazine cover until the latch release is engaged. You will hear a definitive “click” sound as confirmation.
- Test out firing on appropriate scrap material.
How to load a Dewalt Staple Gun
You will need to go through the safety instructions before loading the Dewalt Staple Gun. Safety goggles are a must while loading the Dewalt Staple Gun. Use staples of lengths between ½” – 1 ½“ and a crown of ¼”.
- Connect your Dewalt Staple Gun to the air compressor before loading. This will prevent the staple gun from unintentionally firing during connection.
- Locate the magazine which should be at the front of your stapler. Push on the magazine release lever at the bottom of the magazine to release it.
- Slide out the magazine and load the staples into the rail leg-side down.
- Push back the magazine into the staple gun until the magazine release latch is engaged. A “click” sound can confirm this.
- Test out the firing on appropriate scrap material.
The Dewalt Staple Gun firing mechanism may cycle once the staple gun is connected to the air compressor. For this reason, the staple gun is attached to the air compressor before loading.
We have demystified the mystery behind how to load staple gun. The procedure is straightforward, just locating the loading mechanisms and understanding how to open them should do the trick.
Remember to keep safety first while handling the staple guns. Always maintain the staple gun nose facing away from you while loading. Wear earmuffs and goggles to protect you from loud noises and airborne staples respectively.
With this impacted knowledge, you can have smooth sailing projects from beginning to end.