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I find myself caught in the middle here.

My old electric staple gun will fire 1/4" staples but it's not capable of fully setting them because part of the target is some pretty hard wood. The shortest staples I can find for my pneumatic gun are 1/2" and would go clear through and stick out the front.

Is there an answer or do I simply replace the tape the last guy to tackle this used?

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"How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?" - The Sign of the Four (1890) – RedGrittyBrick Jan 4 '14 at 21:51
What's the application? – gregmac Jan 5 '14 at 0:30
@gregmac I'm trying to fasten a piece of cardboard backing to a wooden frame. – Loren Pechtel Jan 5 '14 at 4:25
Could you glue it? – Steven Jan 5 '14 at 4:41
Can you just hammer the staples after shooting them? – Ethereal Jan 6 '14 at 17:12

You don't. Use 1/4" Cut Tacks: (Amazon)

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And a needle nose pliers to hold them in just the right place when you take the first whack at each with your hammer. – Wayfaring Stranger Apr 3 '15 at 12:09

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