Questions about using or selecting fasteners including nails, screws, and staples.

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Is there a recommended distance between fasteners on sole plates?

We've just started installing pressure treated 2x4s as sole plates in our 5 year old basement. We drove 3 nails into each 8' plate, one at each end (around 3 or 4 inches in) and one somewhere at the ...
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How does one fire short staples into hard wood?

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 ...