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Mary Ann: Hi! I’m Mary Ann. Michael: And I’m Michael. Today we’re going to tell you the ins and outs of stapler. Here you’ve got one in labor intensive. Mary Ann: A hand stapler and I think of this one is the one you stapled posters up with. Michael: Exactly, and if you will notice your hand how it fits in there. It made for a bigger hand and takes a lot of pressure. Mary Ann: I have to use both hands. Michael: Yes you would. Mary Ann: That ones is really tough to use and I am not sure I could do a project with this. I can do posters. Michael: Yeah. Mary Ann: Maybe not a project. And then you got an electric. Michael: The biggest thing about electric stapler is the cord itself; try to keep to cord short and heavy duty. Mary Ann: I’ve even seen some Michael that only have a cord that’s about this one which is irritating because there is still have to add and extension cord to it but your extension cords need to be very heavy duty and shorter not longer. Michael: Right. And here is an air stapler, now the air stapler is probably the simplest to use, effort it’s the fastest. Mary Ann: But it’s also a little more expensive in and the other tools because going along with that stapler you need an air compressor. But what we’ve found when we search this product on some different companies that provide tools like this you can buy a small air compressor that comes with the staplers. Michael: No I won’t surprise. Mary Ann: I was surprise and the class of it was relatively low which was wonderful to see. So we’ve got the three tools but what we also want to talk about is the type of staples that you use. Michael: Right, on the hand stapler and the electric stapler they have like a chisel point type of staple it’s got a really jagged pointed staple to it it’s wider in thickness. Mary Ann: So these are called the wide crown none. Michael: Yeah. Mary Ann: Okay. Michael: The do reel wall in the soft wood that you know compare the fine wire air staplers; they’ve got a real fine wire they come in more bigger assortment of sizes. Mary Ann: Wow. Michael: 316’s. Mary Ann: That’s really; really short but now those are for doing small. Michael: That keeps barn and panels on the front of the chair so far. Mary Ann: Okay. Michael: Where is if you use the log and when you put it through— Mary Ann: I’ve done that actually so— Michael: I’d say your standard for doing any of the projects is creates. Mary Ann: Okay. Michael: Even with any of the staplers. Mary Ann: We’ve seem to go through boxes and those must be are not popular ones but now you’ve got this really long ones. How long are these? Michael: They are 916’s. Now two things to look at here is with the longer leg if you are putting waving on the bottom of the chair you need that for the holding power. Mary Ann: Okay. Michael: But if you have a lot of bulk then you need that too so it comes in handy for a couple different things. Mary Ann: One other thing about these two products that we’re talking about because the hand stapler for our projects probably won’t work as well. These two staplers have different noses on them and one has a very long nose. Michael: Right. Mary Ann: For getting into corners, the other electric staplers some you can buy actually have a little short nose. Michael: And the nose might be a half inch long I mean it helps the look. Mary Ann: It helps but it’s not quite as long as these are. Now, let’s take a look at using basically all three tools in a couple of different type of project. So to showing you three different tools we’ve took we’ve use three pieces of wood to sample each one of this one. Michael: Here we’ve got plywood which on some of the staplers low more difficult into here is the soft one and this is actually a sample of maple like your friends that would be build out of them. Mary Ann: Perfect. Michael: Okay. Mary Ann: Now, I am going to try this hand stapler and I am haven’t used one of this before. Press that on the head and— well that into the staple because the staples even— that’s a little bit better. Michael: That’s better. Mary Ann: That’s better. Michael: And we see it didn’t go in all way is not flush, takes a lot of effort because not only are you squeezing you putting the pressure done. Mary Ann: And you know as I squeeze this handle one of the things that I recognize is if I have to put 50 staples in the one project. Michael: That’s difficult Mary Ann: I think I have a crank in my hand, now, the selector though releaser but that one still jump a little and it doesn’t like the plywood very much. Michael: No. Mary Ann: Plywood has a lot of blue and reasons in it so it is pretty different to all the shoot or— Michael: But this— Mary Ann: But this one, one of things that you could do is if you have problems like that you are going to pull those staples out and redo whatever staples you put in to your project but now on this one, oh that’s so easy. Michael: Yeah. See with the air gun is just, oh I like that. Mary Ann: What happen is the two they’re actually doing all of the work and all your doing is pressing to trigger where with this other ones you are putting a lot of pressure to push the head down to help the staple get into the wood. Michael: Now, think about that for a minute when you’re posturing and your pulling fabric down and you’re trying to get it smooth and in plays and now you have to fight the stapler to actually get the staple in. With the air allows you to get your fabric in the places and it’s very easy to operate than its stuff. Mary Ann: Yeah because you’re holding with the other hand I didn’t even think about that. Michael: Let’s try a softwood, Mary Ann: On pine which is typically what you are going to use and what you are going to do a garage sale and you are going to put up a sign for posters. Now, the electrical probably do the same thing well and I didn’t push very hard in the head now if I push harder on the head. I’m flush and I am pretty good. Michael: Still about the same. Mary Ann: Yeah, but now this one it sunk it right in. Michael: That’s the one thing with air that you have to realize, if you have a really softwood you want to turn air pressure down. Mary Ann: Also it doesn’t go. Michael: So it doesn’t because you shouldn’t right to your fabric. Mary Ann: That’s being going to else, okay but now you’ve this piece some maple and maple is a very hard one. Michael: Well most of our franchise mad out of maple and some of its oak but it’s a harder wood. Now, let’s try that hand stapler on that maple. Mary Ann: You’re saying that like you know I’m not even going to do this. Michael: Actually that’s not bad. Mary Ann: That’s not bad, I didn’t think that going that well and building muscles as we go. That one did too not bad. Michael: And this thing fun to use too. Mary Ann: You know all the thing is I’m even hardly touching the top on it and I’m not even pressing. Now, the other thing we talk about was the nose in the stapler. Michael: If you will notice there is grove in this piece here, this is to show people what a single welt would be like. Mary Ann: So, on the arm of a chair it is going into where the decorative wood is. Michael: Right. Mary Ann: You have a chance like that. Michael: So this is to be decorating one of the chairs and notice something with this air stapler how the nose fits right into the grove. Mary Ann: Perfect. Michael: You know and so you’re not only pushing the fabric down, you are setting that fabric down in the grove where it you took any of the other staplers your flash with the wood and actually you are not even over the— Mary Ann: No, you are not down into the grove at all, that’s staple would be stick enough really pretty even with this base on how we saw it going to this one. Michael: So talk about your tool triangle. Mary Ann: Well three different tools, we have the less expensive, the middle of the road, the most expensive but we also have the most difficult to use the middle of the road. Michael: Most roads at all. Mary Ann: And the easiest. Michael: Yeah. Mary Ann: Take your choice. Michael: As a safety note you should be wearing safety glasses when you’re doing the electric or the air staplers and of course they use pretty at the brow tape.