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Re: compare staple guns
A hammer tacker is a device somewhat similar to a staple gun, except that the mechanical energy from the user's muscles is stored — as in a hammer — as momentum of the gun itself, rather than as compression of an internal spring. This type of stapler is typically used for insulation, roofing and carpeting.
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I have a couple of staple guns that will take brads, unfortunately the brads for one of them are no longer available. The brads had to have a shape and size similar one leg of the staple and a little of the bend at the top so they looked like an upside-down lower-case letter J and it was simply a matter of sliding a strip of brads into one side of the staple magazine.
The other staple gun will accept a more generic sort of brad in the same way but they have to be brads designed for use in that type of staple gun, known as a tacker so they aren't confused with the bigger staple/nail guns. The tacker will generally accept only brads of 20 or 18 gauge.
I suggest you ensure you have the right brads and then just load them like you would the staples.
From what I have read, and I've searched, Stanley doesn't make parts for this staple gun. Only found hammer tacker springs. Here is the phone number for Stanley customer service: 800-262-2161 It's a remote chance that one of those might fit.....
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Staple gun are simple device and the 'shooting' mechanism is just a sring loaded bar that hammers the staple out: the problem is usually a jam/stuck staple where the staple in the orifice where the staple comes out. Just use a small screwdriver and /or plier to remove the stuck staple which could be jammed against the hammer bar. You may need to force the hammer bar backwards with the help of your small flat head screwdriver.
Staple guns can use a variety of staples; the width of the staple is fixed, the lengths vary from 1/4" up (usually in 1/8" increments). You don't need to adjust the staple gun for the different lengths, just be sure the width fits your gun since some manufacturers have used brand-specific staples.
There are also a variety of staple types; there are staples for ceiling tile, electric wire, window screening, etc. My favorite staples for wood have the tips cut on a sharp angle, they penetrate wood well. Some staple types require a particular gun, I have a gun that shoots only round-top staples for small cables like phone & thermostat wire.
The staples should load in through the end of the hammer stapler. The end is spring loaded to push the staples forward, so push the end - usually a crome square - into the handle end then move that part up approximately 1/4 inch and pull back. The spring mechanism should slide out so you can add new staples. These staplers take a specific size of staple and a certain number to allow you to put the spring mechanism back into the stapler. If you do not know the correct size for your stapler someone at your local hardware store can help you find the correct size and they will probably even show you how to load it. Good luck!