Confused about staples?
Choosing the right staple for the job can be defining. Get it right and you’ve fastened material for the long run.
There are two things to consider when choosing staple: staple type and leg length.
What are the different staple types?
- For light duty jobs and decoration
Finewire staples are ideal for working with textiles. They have a discreet, low visibility design and are created to have a minimal effect on textile fibres.
This also makes them perfect for labelling. Our finewire staples are named No. 53 or No. 13 (depending on market availability) and carry this symbol:
- For heavy duty jobs
Flatwire staples feature a larger holding area against the surface material making them ideal for working with plastics foil as well as thin cardboard and carpets.
Our flatwire staples are named No. 140 and carry this symbol:
Narrow crown staples
- For tough material or deep fastening
Narrow crown staples are more sturdy and narrow. An effective solution when fixing through tough materials or where long depth is required.
They are resin coated to increase their resistance to removal. We recommend Narrow Crown staples for heavy duty fixing, flooring, wood panelling, wall boards, frames and partitioning.
Our narrow crown staples are named No. 606 and carry this symbol:
- For low voltage cables
Their rounded crown makes these staples perfect for fastening low voltage cables up to 50V – computer, hi-fi or telephone cables, for example.
Our cable staples are named No.28, No.36 and No.7, No.28 fasten 4,5 mm cables, No.36 and No.7 fasten 6 mm cables. They carry thess symbols
How do I choose staple leg length?
Thickness and type of material determine the length of the staple that should be used. Here are our recommendations for doing this.
The standard rule to choosing staple leg length
The standard rule is to multiply the thickness of the material that you are fastening by three. For a 4 mm thick material use a 12 mm staple.
Staple leg length when fastening fine or thin material
To fix fine or thin material such as foil or fabric, a staple 4 mm longer than the material thickness is ideal. For 2 mm thick material, choose a 6 mm staple.
Staple leg length when fastening hardwood or other hard material
For supporting constructions made from hardwood, a staple that is twice as long as the material to which it’s being fastened is sufficient.
Now you know which staple you need, next step is to choose the perfect tool to complete your project. Find the right tool
Find the right staple gun
There are many types of staple guns, read our guide to find the tool that suits your need.
How to find the right staple gun
If you have a project that involves fastening material to wood such as textiles, building materials, low voltage cables, plastic foil or thinner wood, a staple gun is the best solution.
Choose a staple gun and everything from outdoor construction jobs to delicate, interior hobby work can be tackled with confidence.
The first step when buying a staple gun is to find the right staple. You choose staple according to the task or project you want to do.
Read our guide on finding the right staple and then continue here to find the right tool.
Staple guns come in several different types – manual, electric, pneumatic and hammer. It's the circumstances of the job that define which type of staple gun you need.
Find correct staple for your tool
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Choosing the right brad nail length
What is the ideal length of a brad nailer? Learn more about how you choose the right brad nail length.
How to choose brad nail length
Getting the length of the brad nail you will use for your project right is important. Too short or too long and you might end up with a sub-optimal nail drive. Brad nail length is also something you need to keep in mind when choosing a brad nail gun.
How do I know which length brad nail to use?
The rule to find the ideal length of brad nail you need is simple - multiply the thickness of the material you’re fastening by three. For example, if the material is 15 mm thick, you need a 45 mm fastener.
Why is brad nail length important when choosing brad nailer?
This figure is important as it defines the type of brad nail gun that suits your need.
Not all brad nail guns are the same; some are designed to take longer pins and brad nails, some take shorter ones.
Brad nail guns usually feature a length-span guide that indicates the length of nails that it can shoot - for example, 15-30 mm.
Once you’ve established the length of the brad nails you need, you can start to look at the different brad nail guns available and find the perfect one for your task.
Different kinds of brad nails
There are two main kinds of nails, galvanized and stainless. Both are considered rust free, the stainless version will give you an extended lifespan compared to the galvanized.