I'm Shocked, 16 Gauge Pneumatic Staplers

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Topic by davidroberts posted 10-06-2010 05:43 AM 6782 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2010 05:43 AM

Topic tags/keywords: pneumatic stapler soffit exterior trim

A comment or two and a question or three.

I have just picked myself up off the floor after pricing 16 gauge pneumatic staplers. Why is there such a price difference between an 18 gauge and 16 gauge staplers? I guess they are more of a speciality tool, I just don’t know.

I need to replace some areas of rotted soffits on my home. I will be using 1/4” plywood, the current material on the house. The old soffit was installed using staples. It’s hard for me to tell, but they look bigger than 18 gauge. But I’ve read where 18 gauge narrow crown staples can be used to install soffit. Is this true? I don’t even know whether they make an 18 gauge exterior staple.

I also need to replace alot of 1×4 and 1×2 exterior trim on the house and garage. 18 or 16? I’m not opposed to buying a 16 gauge stapler, but why if an 18 gauge will do the job.

Your comments and suggestions are appreciated.

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01-14-2011 05:02 AM

18 gauge staplers are not big enough to install 1×4 trim. The staple are only 1 inch long. The 16 gauge staplers are much stronger and the staples go up to 2 inches long. The 16 gauge staples come in galvanized for exterior use.

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02-04-2011 05:03 AM

I buy most of my staples from Harbor fright. They have 1/4 crown Galvanized 18 gauge staples, 1and1/2 inches long. these should work for trim or most mouldings. Waukez

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