For a lot of jobs around the house, using a staple can be a lot faster and easier than banging tacks or nails. The most common staple gun is the hand-powered spring-loaded variety. Standard guns accept staples from 1/4 to 9/16 of an inch long. For a real time- and energy-saver, try a hammer stapler: The impact of the head with the surface releases the staple.
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