How To Unjam An Electric Staple Gun

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One of the handiest tools you could get your hands on whether you’re working in an office at home or outdoors for carpentry is a staple gun. Like other tools, there are lots of variants of the staple gun one can get with the electric staple gun being the preferred choice of most when it comes down to getting the job done as good as you want to. But the problem here is how to unjam an electric staple gun when something goes wrong.

Like most tools that rely on electricity, you not only need to be careful when using an electric staple gun but also have to know how you could best troubleshoot yours when the need arises. There’s quite a lot that could be done when it comes to this ranging from inspecting the electronics to knowing what to do when it’s jammed.

That being said, let’s start off with the less complicated problem you could take care of…unjamming your electric staple gun.

A step by step guide to unjam an electric staple gun.

Your gun may be jammed due to a number of reasons but in whichever case, here’s how you could seamlessly have it up and running again.

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Step 1: Disconnecting the staple gun

Whereas most people would be tempted to dislodge the electric gun by repetitively pulling at the trigger, the first thing you’ll want to do is to release the trigger and then unplug the device from the power supply.

The reason for this is to prevent the staple gun from firing and just to be safe, you’d be better off getting an electric staple gun that’s got an internal safety circuitry that prevents it from firing. After releasing the trigger and cutting off the power, go ahead and turn off the switch where one is present for a corded model.

Since some people prefer to work with a cordless model, you should simply remove the battery pack that comes with it.

Step 2: Removing the magazine

With the power supply cut off, the next thing you’ll want to do is removing the staple clips. In some models, there is a release lever which is, in most cases at the magazine’s bottom. Simply pull at this and the magazine should be unclipped at which point you can then pull the magazine till it is disconnected from the staple gun

Step 3

With the magazine removed, the next thing you’ll want to do is unjamming the staple gun by removing the staples.

There are plenty of reasons as to why a jam may occur. In some instances, the staple(s) causing the jam may be squashed with other staples in the magazine. In other instances, the staple may have left the staple gun partially which will be easier to take care of as it will be at the opening of the gun.

To remove the staple causing the jam safely, get a pair of needle-nose pliers and gently pull the staple out. Doing this with haste may end up damaging the magazine hence creating an even bigger problem

Moving our focus to the discharge area of the staple gun, you don’t have to use a pair of pliers in some staple gun models. All you got to do is tap at the base of your model which would then clear out the staple that exited the staple gun partially but before you do this, It is recommended that you check the user manual first.

Inspecting a worn-out spring

Yet another thing that you’ll want to be watchful on is the spring. All staple guns need a spring in order to function. Whether mechanical, pneumatic or electrical, the spring may be worn out over time at which point the staple gun may not function as good as it should and as such, it becomes necessary to check whether the problem is in the spring.

In order to verify that it is working as needed, you should open the stapler and locate the spring which shouldn’t be difficult at all.

Slide the spring backward and then release it. If it’s working well enough, the spring should contact the staple bars in the rail quickly. On the other hand, when the response of the spring is slow, it would be wise to replace it.

Fixing a clogged hammer

Yet another problem that could occur when you’re using a staple gun is when the individual staples in the magazine are not hit by the hammer in the correct stop.

Before we take a look on how to fix this, you should, first of all, confirm that the staples you’re using are of the correct size since if otherwise, there’s no way it would function as expected.

Having confirmed that you’re using staples of the correct size, the next thing you should do is opening up the stapler and checking the hammer. This is done by pressing down the head of the stapler in which case the hammer of a well-functioning stapler should slide down without any restrictions.

For most obstructions, you could use a screwdriver to ensure the hammer goes smoothly. In some cases, the hammer’s movement could be hindered by dirt or excess grease and in such a case, the WD-40 can be used as a degreasing agent.

In order to ease the tension of the hammer, I’d also recommend that you add a little amount of lubricant which would then have the stapler functioning well enough.

Checking the voltage of a staple gun jump starter

As it is the case with all lithium-ion batteries, the battery of your electric staple gun may be fully exhausted which then prevents it from even charging up when the provided charger is used on it. In such a case, it’s important to have a jump starter kid with you.

In order to know whether the jump starter is good enough to use on your rechargeable batteries, you’ll be needing a good digital multimeter.  Remember the jump starter you use should be selected based on the manufacturer’s recommendations or alternatively, you can get one after taking a look at the voltage measurement of your batteries.

The next thing you’ll want to do in order to verify the jump starter is in good shape is to have the clamps apart and measure the voltage at the clamps with the multimeter probe tips connected in parallel.

With the dial set at 20V, the reading on the display should be above that at which the staple gun batteries are operating at. If otherwise, you should replace the jump starter batteries.

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Final verdict

I’m pretty sure that the last thing you want is having to cut your work short because your electric staple gun is not working as expected, right? Well, after reading the maintenance tips mentioned above, you can handle both the electronic and the mechanical parts of your electric staple gun with the utmost ease.

Even with the knowledge of troubleshooting your staple gun, compromising your safety is the last thing you’d want. So, as you handle it, I’d recommend that you take the necessary safety precautions such as putting on a pair of gloves and eye protection, ensuring the magazine is well set, storing it away from children among other things.

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