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#42455 - 09/21/04 12:49 PM Romex stapler?  
sinehat  Offline
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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.

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#42456 - 09/21/04 01:03 PM Re: Romex stapler?  
royta  Offline
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 138
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 Re: Romex stapler?  
Edward  Offline
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 308
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.



#42458 - 09/21/04 04:50 PM Re: Romex stapler?  
CTwireman  Offline
Joined: Feb 2002
Posts: 840
Connecticut, USA
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]



#42459 - 09/21/04 08:13 PM Re: Romex stapler?  
electricman786  Offline
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 37
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 Re: Romex stapler?  
Big Jim  Offline
Joined: Jul 2003
Posts: 394
Denver, CO USA
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 Re: Romex stapler?  
John Steinke  Offline
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 518
Reno,Nv., USA
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 Re: Romex stapler?  
Attic Rat  Offline
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 524
Bergen Co.,N.J. USA
... 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]

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#42463 - 09/24/04 07:15 PM Re: Romex stapler?  
sinehat  Offline
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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 Re: Romex stapler?  
Big Jim  Offline
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Denver, CO USA
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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