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Old 11-05-2016, 12:12 AM   #1
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Do you have any trick for stapling Romex cable? For example, I run the wire from the breaker panel to the kitchen, so I have to staple the them every 4'6''
. The problem is every time I try to staple them (especially on the ceiling), my hammer always miss the staple and hit my hand. I cannot hold the staple still because of the Romex's weight, and my hands are always get tired when I hold there too long ? I am a new apprentice. ( Sorry for my bad English)
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Hey everyone,

Do you have any trick for stapling Romex cable? For example, I run the wire from the breaker panel to the kitchen, so I have to staple the them every 4'6''
. The problem is every time I try to staple them (especially on the ceiling), my hammer always miss the staple and hit my hand. I cannot hold the staple still because of the Romex's weight, and my hands are always get tired when I hold there too long ? I am a new apprentice. ( Sorry for my bad English)
Young Padawan, Needle nose pliers till you develop the muscles properly.
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Young Padawan, Needle nose pliers till you develop the muscles properly.
Like Micky says,use pliers of some type , Needle nose, or Linesmen.
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It depending on what type of staples ya using.,,

needle nose or linesman will do the trick to get it start .,,

but once you know how to deal with staples in ceiling area espcally if going inverted postion aka upside down.,

one thing I useally do is lightly tap it just enough to hold it in place then pull the romex a little to tighten up or keep it straight while ya drive the staple in.
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And put them closer together. On the run from the top plate to a switch box, I use 3 staples.
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Practice-practice-practice. On your own time of course. I wouldn't recommend telling anyone at work, either. This trade can be physically demanding and you must prove your worth the commitment to be trained. If stapling is tiring, trust me it won't get easier. Are you young(under 45)? Can you start working out?
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My first training session for my son was to set him and his new hammer in front of a six foot long 4'' x 4'' and a box of 500 staples, and a bunch of 6' long `12-2 romex . Told him to put in all 500 staples and after that we would do a megger test to see how he did. By the time he got all 500 done he was very competent. The op of this thread should try that.
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Yep. My boy is 7 and loves doing that. Also, when I first started bending pipe, boss dropped me of at my place that first weekend with a bundle of 1/2 and said "have fun, son".
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Try tapping them in with your linesman pliers. I apprenticed with a guy who never used a hammer on staples.
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Try tapping them in with your linesman pliers. I apprenticed with a guy who never used a hammer on staples.
I thought that's how everyone did it?
4 or 5 linesmen in the truck, but no hammer
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. The problem is every time I try to staple them (especially on the ceiling), my hammer always miss the staple and hit my hand.
Choke up on the hammer to set the staple then you won't hit your hand.
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Halex quick strap. Tell your boss to quit being a cheap ass and buy one it will pay for itself in a year.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Halex-Qui...1900/204739329
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Halex quick strap. Tell your boss to quit being a cheap ass and buy one it will pay for itself in a year.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Halex-Qui...1900/204739329

That looks good. What are the pros & cons?

Also, looks like the product has been discontinued.
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Hey everyone,

Do you have any trick for stapling Romex cable? For example, I run the wire from the breaker panel to the kitchen, so I have to staple the them every 4'6''
. The problem is every time I try to staple them (especially on the ceiling), my hammer always miss the staple and hit my hand. I cannot hold the staple still because of the Romex's weight, and my hands are always get tired when I hold there too long ? I am a new apprentice. ( Sorry for my bad English)
If you're literally stapling to the ceiling, that's part of the problem.
Shouldn't be stapled there anyways as the cable would be prone to
damage from nails/screws from above.
You'll pull the romex in one direction and then staple in the other. In your
example, pull from kitchen to panel (assuming panel is lower than kitchen),
then staple from panel back to kitchen. The romex shouldn't have a lot
weight hanging as it'll be pulled through joists, X members, and over
plumbing etc.. When there is weight on the romex, press the romex
against the joist (or whatever) with the heel of your palm.
In some situations it works better to hold the staple like roofers hold
nails; with palm facing you and staple between 2 fingers, not finger
and thumb. In this case the back of the wrist pushes the cable against
the stapling surface.
One more thing, I like drilling more than stapling so I'll use drill holes
as supports wherever I can.
btw, I use a hammer.
Now do it with gloves on in sub-zero weather
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edit: Don't drive the staple in tight. Far enough in so it'll never fall
out but still loose enough that it's easy to remove without damaging
the cable.
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So some kid can't staple and suddenly it's his boss's fault for being a cheap ass?


That thinking is why I refuse to hire .
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I wish Milwaukee would make an M12 romex stapler.
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So some kid can't staple and suddenly it's his boss's fault for being a cheap ass?


That thinking is why I refuse to hire .
I agree.

Instead of learning a skill, like proper hammering technique, let's use a crutch instead. What happens when the cordless stapler can't fit into a spot that he needs a staple? Should he call his boss over to hammer one in for him so he doesn't smash his fingers?

I tell you, it's the dumbing down of America.
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^^^Agree with Mike and Cow^^^^
It's a basic skill every apprentice needs to learn.
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^^^Agree with Mike and Cow^^^^
It's a basic skill every apprentice needs to learn.
Many of us went thru apprenticeships that didn't include residential work.
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