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Old 11-05-2016, 04:11 PM   #21
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Your son better be in the A program and not touching stupid staples.
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It's a basic skill every apprentice needs to learn.
This is a basic skill that is/should be learned very early in life....like before kindergarten. wholly cow....
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Many of us went thru apprenticeships that didn't include residential work.
Fair point.

It's a basic skill every residential apprentice working with romex needs to learn.
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Old 11-05-2016, 04:55 PM   #24
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This is a basic skill that is/should be learned very early in life....like before kindergarten. wholly cow....
Edit: I don't mean this in a condensending way. I mean it should be basic eye to hand coordination. Don't mean to argue-sorry.
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The quick strap tool is a significant time saving tool. I can strap a entire room before you could strap one run with it. And if you can't fit it in a place you sure as hell cant swing a hammer in there either.

Anyways...

The benefits of the quick strap are... it's quick. It's light weight. The battery last for freaking ever. I charge mine maybe once every couple months. The staples are listed for nm, mc, low voltage, etc.

The cons... it cost more than a bag of staples and a hammer. And really stupid electricians will not embrace it because it dumbs down the menial task of nailing staples.
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When running a lot of romex, I use a magnetic wristband with Kleins or hammer. Half drove staples at points where run angles or high will help you hold weight; pull tight and dont drive too tight. Working from one end to the other.

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Edit: I don't mean this in a condensending way. I mean it should be basic eye to hand coordination. Don't mean to argue-sorry.
Nothing makes one sound less condescending than spelling it incorrectly.
Sorry 350X, I couldn't resist.
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Your son better be in the A program and not touching stupid staples.
All the way baby, all the way. They had him on 3'' rigid last couple of weeks, emt and pull wire then trim out since he got started. But he constantly tells me thank you for showing him ahead of this. They like him at his local Japanese owned employer. Fits right in ..........
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The quick strap tool is a significant time saving tool. I can strap a entire room before you could strap one run with it. And if you can't fit it in a place you sure as hell cant swing a hammer in there either.

Anyways...

The benefits of the quick strap are... it's quick. It's light weight. The battery last for freaking ever. I charge mine maybe once every couple months. The staples are listed for nm, mc, low voltage, etc.

The cons... it cost more than a bag of staples and a hammer. And really stupid electricians will not embrace it because it dumbs down the menial task of nailing staples.

Just learned from the company that this gun is not being manufactured any more.
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Believe it or not, the best hammer I have used for banging in staples is an aluminum framer's hammer. It's also great for bashing out the holes in engineered joists.

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Believe it or not, he best hammer I have used for banging in staples is an aluminum framer's hammer. It's also great for bashing out the holes in engineered joists.
Never heard of Al hammer before so I googled it. This one looks cool.
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Never heard of Al hammer before so I googled it. This one looks cool.
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120 bucks worth of cool, though.
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120 bucks worth of cool, though.
Ya I just saw that. One of the comments down below is:
"I can’t afford a contractor who can afford $200 hammers." lol
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I need that hammer. Was going to get a titanium one but now...
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How many of you have met carpenters who have lost the ends off their fingers thanks to pancake head hammers? Perhaps mostly us old timers cause they are nowhere near as popular now due to the above mentioned malady. I don't even understand how they ever made it past OSHA.
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Well I guess anyway, the incidents have gone down simply because most carpenters now don't ever use hammers anymore since nail guns ......
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I catch one staple at the beginning of the run and pull romex right and hold it with my left. Push staple into wood so it doesn't fall out then hammer it in.

When I was a brand new apprentice we were roughing a 2 car garage. We had a dead short on the lighting circuit!!!! I drove a staple in so hard I broke 2 of the conductors .........
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Buy an 16 oz curved claw hammer.
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