How to Use a Staple Gun with Safety First

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If you just bought your first staple gun and you’re looking for tips on how to use it, this is the article for you. Having a staple gun can come in handy when carrying out various projects around the house, such as wiring and insulation.

With great power comes great responsibility. Learning how to use a staple gun with safety first should be your top priority. Staple guns are stronger than their office stapler counterparts and can punch through thick materials with ease. Let’s start with learning how to use a staple gun.

How to Use a Staple Gun

How to use a Staple Gun

Before you can begin using a staple gun, these are the items you will need.

Requirements: A staple gun, staples, safety goggles

1. Get the right staples for the job

Make sure to use staples of the right size depending on the material you need to fasten. If you are joining two pieces of material together, make sure the staple leg is long enough to penetrate through the first material and into the second material without sticking out the opposite end.

When using the staple gun for wiring, make sure the staple is broad enough to fasten your wires without piercing them.

2. Put safety first

Remember to put on your safety goggles for protection against airborne staples. Unplug your staple gun from its power source. For example, if you own an electric staple gun, you’ll remove the battery or unplug it from the electrical outlet.

Some staple guns have a trigger lock to as yet another safety measure. Ensure the trigger lock is attached before you begin loading your staple gun.

3. Load your staple gun

Remember to hold the staple gun away from you to prevent injury from accidental firing. With the staple gun safely powered off, locate and free the latching mechanism to expose the staple gun magazine.

Load the strip of staples onto the rail, making sure that no staples are sticking out of the rail. Slide back the magazine in place until you hear a “click” sound. The “click” sound confirms that the latching mechanism is locked in place.

4. Power up your staple gun

Now that your staple gun is loaded and ready to go, you need to power it up. If your staple gun is pneumatic, connect it to the air compressor. Ensure that there is no one standing too close to you while you operate the staple gun.

Firmly grasp the handle of your staple gun and press it flat against the material you intend to staple. Make sure the sides of the staple gun are perpendicular to the material being stapled. Position the tip of the staple right where you want the staple to go through.

5. Fire up your staple gun

With the staple gun aligned and firmly placed over the surface you’re stapling, slowly pull the staple gun trigger. Avoid pulling the trigger too quickly since you might end up misaligning the staple gun and firing into the wrong area.

You must apply a considerable amount of pressure on the staple gun before it fires. Manual staple guns require more pressure to fire as compared to electric staple guns.

6. Repeat step 5 until your work is done

Keep aligning your staple gun, applying pressure and firing off the staples until your job is done. Remember to keep an adequate distance between your free hand and the staple gun while firing for safety reasons.

7. Power off your staple gun

Once your work is done, power off your staple gun and unload it of any remaining staples. Lock the trigger and place the staple gun out of reach of children.

Comparison Table For Top 5 Best Staple Guns

Staple GunImagePower SourceMagazine CapacityShippingEditor's RatingPrice
Stanley TR45K Light Duty Staple Gun KitManual_Check on Amazon4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)See on Amazon
Stanley TRE550 Electric Staple/Brad Nail GunCorded-Electric_FREE Shipping4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)See on Amazon
Hitachi N3804AB3 1/4" Narrow Crown StaplerPneumatic100FREE Shipping4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)See on Amazon
Porter-Cable US58 1/4-Inch to 5/8-Inch 22-Gauge C-Crown Upholstery StaplerPneumatic185FREE Shipping4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)See on Amazon
Stanley TR250 SharpShooter Plus Heavy-Duty Staple/Brad Nail GunManual_Check on Amazon4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)See on Amazon

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Safety measures

1. Practice wearing protective clothing while operating the staple gun. A good pair of heavy duty gloves, some goggles and earmuffs are a good place to start. Earmuffs are a must if you own a pneumatic staple gun.

2. Always unplug your staple gun from the power source before loading it. Loading the staple gun while it is powered can result in accidental firing that can cause serious bodily harm.

There are certain makes of staple guns that require them to be powered while loading. The firing mechanism may cycle once the staple gun is connected to the air compressor, leading to accidental firing.

3. Go through your staple gun manual to learn specific details and instructions on how to use it. Although most staple guns may be similar in operation, there may be certain instructions unique to your staple gun.

4. Never fire a staple gun at any person or animal. Practice caution while using a staple gun in a crowded place.

5. Always unload your staple gun, keep the trigger locked and put the staple gun in its case when done using it. Store the staple gun away from children.

6. Always check the material you are stapling into for any hidden objects such as brads, nails or electric wiring. The collision between the fired staple and the harder material could cause the staple to bend wrongly and eventually jam the staple gun.

7. Inspect the wiring on your electric staple gun and make sure the electrical wire is not cut or unraveled. Accidentally coming into contact with the exposed wiring could lead to electrocution.

8. Place your finger off the staple gun trigger whenever you are not using the staple gun or moving from one end of the project to another. This prevents accidental firing.


As you have discovered, operating a staple gun is much easier than you had thought. The most important rule while using power tools is to maintain a high level of safety. Remember that while you peer through your goggles as you use your staple gun.

Do not purchase staple strips offhandedly. Remember to match your staple gun to its recommended staple size for an easier time. If you can, invest in a staple gun that can accept a variety of staple sizes. In the end, after using your staple gun a couple of times, you will get a feel of how to use it.

Have yourself some happy stapling!

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