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?

  • "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) Commented Jan 4, 2014 at 21:51
  • What's the application?
    – gregmac
    Commented Jan 5, 2014 at 0:30
  • @gregmac I'm trying to fasten a piece of cardboard backing to a wooden frame. Commented Jan 5, 2014 at 4:25
  • Could you glue it?
    – Steven
    Commented Jan 5, 2014 at 4:41
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    Can you just hammer the staples after shooting them?
    – Ethereal
    Commented Jan 6, 2014 at 17:12

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Use 1/4" Cut Tacks instead: (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. Commented Apr 3, 2015 at 12:09

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