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#42455 09/21/04 12:49 PM
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Has anyone used one of the romex staplers for 12/2 or 14/2? Saw one today at HD for $36. It holds 25 of the romex staples that have the plastic piece on the horizontal section. The idea sounds good, less stuff to tote crawling underneath a house or up into the attic. Just curious how the application actually works out. Thanks.

#42456 09/21/04 01:03 PM
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Will it staple 14-3? A lot of attic work is for ceiling fans, which means 14-3.

#42457 09/21/04 04:41 PM
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It works O.K. you have to have pressure on the head so the staple will go in. Otherwise the staple barely goes in,hence not holding the romex nice and tight.

I still like to use the U nails.

Edward


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#42458 09/21/04 04:50 PM
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I own one and it is OK, not great. It seems to only work well on new, soft wood.

I also felt like I was going to get carpal tunnel from using it. [Linked Image]

Peter


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#42459 09/21/04 08:13 PM
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Every tool has its own advantage. I own one and use it a lot. Real handy in new construction, crawl spaces and attics. After a while you get use to it and learn some techniques. I keep some u nails too with me so I can use them when I need.

#42460 09/22/04 06:05 AM
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I think I put in more staples when I use mine because it's so quick. I just would not want to do a whole lot all at once. It does take a really strong squeeze.

#42461 09/22/04 10:13 PM
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I use one. While not perfect, it beats having to swing a hammer. Though, to be fair, it does require a follow-up tap to fully seat the staple when stapling only one wire. It also tends to jam a lot.

#42462 09/22/04 10:22 PM
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... I'd be wary of hurting the jacket on the NM,...I'll stick to the conventional method,.. [Linked Image] [Linked Image] [Linked Image] [Linked Image]
Russ


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#42463 09/24/04 07:15 PM
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sinehat Offline OP
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Thanks for the replies. Looks like there is no overwhelming cheers or jeers for the thing. Guess I'll have to buy one and see for myself. Thanks.

#42464 09/27/04 04:40 AM
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Attic Rat,
To me, it is a more precise method and the staples have a plastic insulator so I am less likely to damage the jacket than when I'm swinging a 3# hammer at it.
Now when somebody comes out with a battery version so you don't kill your fingers, I'll switch forever.

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