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Old 12-12-2013, 09:13 PM   #3181
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You want a "Carpet Stapler". 5/16" crown.


Electric is what I always used. Fine for all softwoods and most hardwoods. Better for tight spaces that the air models I've seen.
http://www.tools4flooring.com/duo-fa...l#.UqqJqNIcaSo


Pneumatic is available. Never used one, but a guy I worked with used one for shooting down tack strip to wood ILO nails. Note the difference on the available staple lengths from one to the other. The air one uses longer staples. Same 5/16" crown, though.
http://www.tools4flooring.com/duo-fa...l#.UqqJHdIcaSo


Both are the one, the only... Duo-Fast! Built for all-day-every-day use.
I used the same one for 10 years.


But due to the weave and lack of secondary backing on that material, it can be a bitch to staple solidly and cleanly (hiding the staple heads w/o dimpling but still grabbing enough material).

Grab the first piece of scrap and practice. You want to get the nose between the tufts, catching a bit of two adjoining tufts, but not too much of either.

Dimpling can be reduced by using the appropriate pressure on the nose of the gun. Limp-wrist it and it will stand proud, soft pressure gives you not-quite-flush-not-dimpled, and bearing down hard gives you flush but can show a dimple. And practice by shooting the scrap into the same type of material the fabric will be mounted to, because obviously it will drive differently into pine than ply or particle.


Easier to demonstrate than explain. But it's "Hippie-Van approved".

I also used a brad driver for the tight spots or detail work.


http://www.tools4flooring.com/gundla...l#.UqqR3tIcaSo



Probably not available @ HD or Lowes, haven't checked. You need to search for a local floor covering supply house. Looks like these guys have a location in Denver. I've used them in STL.
http://www.southlandflooringsupplies.net/
Address: 1550 W Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80223
Phone:(303) 934-4450

Might be someone closer to you, call or stop by the local carpet store and ask.
Or, with the economy the way it is, call some pawnshops. That's where I found a lot of my tools.



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Old 12-12-2013, 09:26 PM   #3182
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Refresh my memory as to the where-and-on-what, and I'll give you any other tips I can think of.
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Old 12-12-2013, 09:44 PM   #3183
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Rusty: do you know which model you got i.e. what gauge it is?
This is what I have:
http://www.harborfreight.com/20-gaug...ler-68029.html

One of the things I like about it is it uses T50 staples, you can get them anywhere in a bunch of different lengths. I have a Sears electric stapler that uses T50 staples also, it wouldn't drive them into a plastic seat pan, they just kind of bounced off. The HF air stapler drove the same staples right through the cover material and past flush into the pan! I just backed off on the air pressure until I got the the desired penetration, so to speak.
I've only done one seat, and shot some staples around the garage at stuff so I don't have any idea about longevity.
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Old 12-13-2013, 05:10 AM   #3184
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Old 12-13-2013, 05:14 AM   #3185
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You want a "Carpet Stapler". 5/16" crown.


Probably not available @ HD or Lowes, haven't checked. You need to search for a local floor covering supply house. Looks like these guys have a location in Denver. I've used them in STL.
http://www.southlandflooringsupplies.net/
Address: 1550 W Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80223
Phone:(303) 934-4450

Might be someone closer to you, call or stop by the local carpet store and ask.
Or, with the economy the way it is, call some pawnshops. That's where I found a lot of my tools.



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Old 12-13-2013, 05:17 AM   #3186
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I have that hitachi stapler you showed, it's a great tool- most hitachi pneumatics are very good, though it's always good to look around for their pro grade stuff. Buy an upholstery stapler, like the one you linked, or the porter cable or cheaper guns that amazon also sells. Even a $20 upholstery stapler is going to work better for this job than the nice hitachi narrow crown stapler.
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Thanks for this. I was going to pick up the Hitatchi "just to see if it would work" because I'm a big fan of their tools too... But you saved me the wasted time. I owe you a beer too!




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Old 12-13-2013, 07:48 AM   #3187
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Buy an upholstery stapler, like the one you linked, or the porter cable or cheaper guns that amazon also sells. Even a $20 upholstery stapler is going to work better for this job than the nice hitachi narrow crown stapler.
Agreed.

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Thanks for this. I was going to pick up the Hitatchi "just to see if it would work" because I'm a big fan of their tools too... But you saved me the wasted time. I owe you a beer too!
I don't know what all Hitachi currently offers, but, I preferred their roofing guns over others we had. Their stuff seems more precisely made and were definitely lighter. If you find a Hitachi upholstery stapler, I'd think it would be just as nice to use. And, you may stop by an upholstery shop and ask them. They may have a stapler you can rent, borrow, or cheaply purchase.
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Old 12-13-2013, 01:20 PM   #3188
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I looked, Hitachi doesn't make an upholstery stapler

I have a Hitachi miter saw that I've made about 2034852085 cuts of both wood and aluminum with and it has been flawless.



I would buy it again.

It turns out Harbor freight makes a 20 gauge stapler that will push T50 staples. For $22 I figured why not and drove the hour to the nearest store. Turns out all computers for Harbor Freight are down - nation wide - and check out took over an hour.

If it hadn't been such a long drive I would have just left.. alas I now have a pneumatic stapler to give a try. If it doesn't work well enough, I'll order a fancy one on Monday

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Old 12-13-2013, 02:00 PM   #3189
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... Turns out all computers for Harbor Freight are down - nation wide - and check out took over an hour.

If it hadn't been such a long drive I would have just left.. alas I now have a pneumatic stapler to give a try. If it doesn't work well enough, I'll order a fancy one on Monday

That fixes what I'm doing this afternoon then...was going to swing by my local store & pick up one of these:
http://www.harborfreight.com/2-5-16-...ler-94995.html (or at least eyeball if it will fit one of their little trailers) to put on our little guy this weekend so the wife doesn't have to swap out the 3 ball thing from 1 7/8 to 2 5/16 every time she needs to haul the horse

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Old 12-13-2013, 02:07 PM   #3190
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Where did you purchase this fabric?
I'm still undecided on how to finish off the interior panels of my van
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Old 12-13-2013, 02:43 PM   #3191
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Hitachi makes good stuff! Their magic wand has highest ratings on Amazon!
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Old 12-13-2013, 02:49 PM   #3192
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Hitachi makes good stuff! Their magic wand has highest ratings on Amazon!
Even better than Ollivander's?
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