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Stinger Cap Staple Hammer, 3/8" by National Nail

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Product Description

For residential roofing and sidewall applications. The first hammer tacker to deliver a cap and staple. Easy to use - just pull the trigger and drive it in. Gets the job done for a fraction of the cost of a pneumatic tool. Promotes best practice installation.

Specifications: Capacity: 168 caps / 168 staples; Cap Type: Full 1" plastic cap; Fastener Type: A11 3/8" staples; Weight: 2.6 lbs.

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Technical Details

Part Number 136400
Item Weight 2.7 pounds
Product Dimensions 3 x 22 x 6 inches
Item model number 136400
Item Package Quantity 1

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ASIN B000SSP20M
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3 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #59,940 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#47 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Hand Tools > Staplers & Tackers
Shipping Weight 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available September 14, 2004

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The Stinger is a hammer-tacker type staple gun that allows you to shoot a staple and a plastic cap with one swing. Normal hammer tackers have been used for years to install things like housewrap, but the thin staple doesn't have much holding power with housewraps, felt, roofing paper, etc. It's easy to tear the paper. But the addition of a plastic cap between the staple and the wrap offers greatly improved holding power.

Loading the Stinger: The staples load as they would in any hammer tacker/stapler. But the plastic cap strip loads separately, and it's hard to guess how. The only instructions provided are three small black and white photographs with brief captions. I had to resort to the manufacturer's website. There's a great video showing how to load the staples and caps into the Stinger (I guess they realized the need for instructions only after their rush to market). Of course, the video probably won't help you at the jobsite.

Ergonomics: I'm an average-sized man, and I found it very difficult to get a grip on the Stinger that allowed me to swing it effectively. The large plastic cap magazine is in the way. Normal hammer tacker/staplers have narrow handles that you can grip in many different positions--like a hammer. If you've used a hammer tacker, or any hammer, you know how important a good grip and swing is to effective driving. The bulky cap magazine should have been mounted elsewhere to allow for a normal grip. The lack of a good grip added greatly to the other problems I experienced.

Making the Cut: Like another reviewer, I had repeated problems with the stapler not cutting the link between caps when swung.
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We choose the Stinger Stapler to comply with "Tyvek" House Wrap guidelines where a plastic cap attached to a nail, or in this case a staple needed to be used. I have used plastic cap nails and this is a very, very time consuming process. The Stinger worked very quickly in this manner and for about 10 minutes we believed that we had finally found a new tool that would cut installation time. After about 10 minutes of use on about 25% of a 1,000 square foot home, the stapler had a fatal jam that rendered the tool 100% useless. We took the Stinger back to the lumber yard and they informed us that they have had 3 of them jam. We were given the only unit left which was the demo unit. After no more than another 20 minutes of use we had another fatal flaw with a jammed unit.

Needless to say, the Stinger is a very, very, poor quality unit. I have never had a hammer tacker fail. This model failed 2 different times under soft use. I an now a builder as I lost my manufacturing job due to units like this that were made in China, rather then in the USA. Almost everything I buy now is made in China and almost always is defective in some way.

Here is a more important observation about this tool--the unit we bought was the last one and the packaging was very dusty as it had sat for a long time in the lumber yard. The point is, very poor market research was done on this tool in regards to who the end user would be. Carpenters are used to doing things the way they have always done them and this was a strike against this tool. Builders are always going to disregards what Tyvek says and will just use a hammer tacker without protective plastic cap nails. Also, the staples for this unit are very, very expensive compared to a $2.00 - $3.00 box of staples.
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I read all the previous reviews complaining about this tool and I am sure those people just didn't understand it's quirks. I used the Stinger and I think it works pretty well, but I also think all the bad reviews from people who just couldn't figure out. The green disks have to be exactly as shown in the photo as shown to work, otherwise the staple doesn't go deep enough and misses the center of the disk, and often the whole thing won't even stick.

Though you can't see it in pictures, there is a trigger you must pull to forward the next green disk. When you pull the trigger, it forwards the green disk all the way, sometimes when you release it, it pulls the green disk back out of alignment. So if you just take the 1/2 second necessary before each "whack", to insure it's in the right place, it will work perfectly almost every time. You can shift the disk back and forth a little bit easily, however once a disk is out too far, you have to forward to the next (you can't go back). The only other problem I encountered is that sometimes it doesn't cut it off cleanly as the gap between the cutting blade is slightly too wide, this for me happened perhaps 1 in 10 times, it was easily remedied just by twisting the Stinger and the thin connecting pieces of plastic will break. It is for this reason I am giving it 4 stars.

The bottom line is if you understand these "tricks" about the disk alignment and the cutting blade, this is a very useful tool, the plastic disk covers the holes made by the staple in the Tyvek to keep the water out and helps keep the holes from enlarging if the Tyvek gets pulled a bit.

I would buy it again and I would recommend it to anyone. You will lose a few green disks as the blade doesn't cut as well as it should, but it's no big deal, given both the convenience, speed, and added protection the tool buys you. It's not perfect but it's far better than just a stapler or nail.
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