16 Gauge Air Stapler Question

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Forum topic by davidroberts posted 10-07-2010 09:21 PM 8095 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-07-2010 09:21 PM

I posted this on the sister HomeReferbers site but it’s kinda quite over there, or my post was too boring to comment on!!!

A comment or two and a question or three.

I have just picked myself up off the floor after pricing 16 gauge pneumatic staplers. Why is there such a price difference between an 18 gauge and 16 gauge stapler? I guess they are more of a speciality tool, but really, the price difference can be $150.

I need to replace some areas of rotted soffits and facia on my home. I will be using 1/4” plywood and 1×6 pine, the current materials on the house. The old soffit was installed using staples. It’s hard for me to tell, but they look bigger than 18 gauge. I’ve read where 18 gauge narrow crown staples can be used to install soffit. Is this true? I don’t even know whether they make an 18 gauge exterior staple.

I also need to replace alot of 1×4 and 1×2 exterior trim on the house and garage. 18 or 16? I’m not opposed to buying a 16 gauge stapler, but why if an 18 gauge will do the job. The cheapest I’ve found is an 18 gauge reconditioned Senco for $129 on Amazon.

Your comments and suggestions are appreciated.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#1 posted 10-07-2010 09:32 PM

Hey David,

If it were me, and I had a 18 gauge nailer, that’s what I would use….In fact that’s all I use.
Your 18 gauge will work just fine, in my opinion. With the material you’re using, it’ll do the job…Just use some
1 1/4”—1 1/2” nails. I wouldn’t go out and buy a 16 gauge stapler just because they used it, unless you just want to buy it to have…..What you have will work…...Others will chime in to give good advice, also…..I’m just saying that’s what I’d do…..

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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#2 posted 10-08-2010 05:50 AM

The 18 gauge will work fine for the 1/4” plywood soffit. I have had no luck with using 18 gauge for exterior trim though. Had to bump up to 16 gauge for trim application. I bought one cheap at a yard sale for trim. Needed to replace the O rings when I got it otherwise it works fine when I need it.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#3 posted 10-08-2010 12:56 PM

I have seen 18 gauge exterior nails at woodcraft. expensive compared to interior nails, but then again you wouldn’t need a lot.

I have an 18 and 15 gauge nailer and that takes my range from 3/4 inch nails to 2 1/2 inch, and that works well for me on finish nails. Probably need to get a headless pinner one of these days.

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#4 posted 10-08-2010 03:54 PM

FWIW – - I had one job where I needed a pneumatic stabler. I doubt that I will ever have another job where I need one. I picked up an 18 gauge pneumatic stabler from Menards for $20 (Tool Shop brand). Somewhat to my surprise, I ran about 500 staples through it without a problem. In general, everything Tool Shop makes is junk, including this stapler, but I can’t argue with the results.

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#5 posted 10-08-2010 07:22 PM

the 16 ga is surprisingly stronger, and 15 with the little half heads is what I have used in the past for soffit.

I have all sizes, used them in finishing, and would think 16 or 15 ga will be the better product for the job.

Can you not rent one from Home Depot or similar?

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#6 posted 10-10-2010 03:59 AM

Thanks all-

I think the urge to buy a 16 stapler has passed, thanks for sharing your experience. I would not mind buying an 18 gauge stapler. I have quite a bit of work to do, and it works well also for furniture building and repair. However I bought a used porter cable 15 gauge nailer a few weeks ago that needed a couple of O-rings and after a small package from arrived, it now works like a champ. I think the thicker gauge will work well for exterior work, especially in humid Houston.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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