Trouble with a Campbell Hausefeld Hardwood floor stapler

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Forum topic by Mark Shymanski posted 08-01-2011 05:46 AM 820 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark Shymanski

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08-01-2011 05:46 AM

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Jenn and I bought one of the above mentioned staplers 2 years ago to put in the hardwood in our main floor. It isnt’ a large house (~1100 sq ft) and of course exclude the kitchen and bathroom so the actual area is even smaller that has hardwood. So we have been putting in the hardwood as time and budget allow are in the final stretch, my son’s bedroom. The stapler works well for about the first 3 courses of wood, when we run out of the one style of staples ( I had two different kinds from different previous home reno projects). We the kind I had did not fit this gun, fine I’ll zip up to HD (where I bought the stapler) and buy more staples…they’re out so we buy nails which we’ve used before. Get home bang the first one goes in fine, bang….the second one jams the gun. I pull out the trusty hex wrenches, pull the plate off free the jam, and try to see what the problem is. Tried a couple more times, no luck. Went back to HD talked to the very helpful fellow at the rentals desk (he has been there a few years and really seems to know his stuff) he points me in the direction of some staples that should fit (and in fact match the profile of the staples that were working before), I get them home and after carefully cleaning and lubricating everything (I had the stapler down to it’s fundamental components) put everything back together …bang, a miss fire as if the stapler was empty.

Now the interesting part is that it appears as if the staples will not slide down the track smoothly, but seem to bind. If I lift the back part of the packet of staples up just a bit from the track the staples slide down as smooth as silk, if I set them like they will be when the gun is operating they bind like crazy. I’m stumped, there is nothing visually wrong, no bent plungers, or gummed up channels. This is frustrating me to no end as we are so close, and now we are going to have to rent a gun anyway event though that is why we bought this gun in the first place!

If any body is familiar with these things I’d sure appreciate any advice on getting this puppy back up and running! Thanks in advance!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#1 posted 08-01-2011 03:25 PM

I’ve had some staples that seem to hang up on the slide. I’d drop a little lubrication down on the track that the staples slide on and also on the spring plunger . It having a problem because the staple gun is out of staples. (Not sliding)

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 08-01-2011 04:57 PM

Hello Karson,

I think you are spot on about why it is having trouble, and I agree that lubricating the slide and the staples should allow it to push the staples into the plunger area. I oiled up the raceway for the staples, the plunger, the rails the staples rest on before they are shot in…essentially I lubricated everywhere that something slid against something else…no joy. If I hadn’t been using it just moments earlier I’d say the rail that the staples slide down is too sharp and the staples are binding on the edges…and I haven’t eliminated the idea of rounding off the edges on the guide rail yet.

No that I re-read you response it occurs to me I did not lubricate the area ‘upstream’ of the staples where the plunger slide…I will try that! Thanks for the feedback I hope I now have an answer!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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