Is there an easy way to hammer in fence staples?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by HelfieJ, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. Time-Out

    Time-Out Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2011
    The Peak District, UK
    I give a light tap while holding it, then let go. It holds up by itself afterwards. I then concentrate on holding the fencing, so that it doesn't knock it off and have me crawling around the chicken poo, trying to find an invisible splinter that the chickens might swallow.
  2. lawatt

    lawatt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2012
    sonoma county
    this is one of the rare construction moments when it's an advantage to have small hands/fingers -- recently put up hardware cloth all around my 8x12' run, and actually never hit a finger with the hammer.
  3. Vinniemac

    Vinniemac Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2011
    Western Pennsylvania
    Has anyone tried a air gun with galvanized staples. I wonder if they would they would work.You can get 1 1/2 " staples for them
  4. ChickNhood

    ChickNhood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2012
    Decatur IL
    I used a simple staple gun to hold my hardware clothe in place... Half inch staples and ised twice as many as I thought would be enough...a little more costle but worth it
  5. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Here's a pen I built & have added on too. It has the washer method & the sandwich method. I like the sandwich method the best but its very costly. But I try & build my coops to last & keep the buggy man out.
  6. Time-Out

    Time-Out Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2011
    The Peak District, UK
    I wouldn't use the regular staples, like you get for paper. They don't go into the wood deep enough to grip it properly. You can just pull those out.
  7. Christie Rhae

    Christie Rhae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2010
    Big Island, Hawaii
    major DITTO. Washers and screws...only way to go.
  8. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Washers and screws are easiest but a bit more expensive..... Staples are built to spread and twist as they go in. One leg going one direction the other leg going the other direction.... The idea is to make them very very hard to pull out. I use staples when I need staples.

    Staples have one leg longer than the other. Get the long leg started with a tap and a second tap should bring the other leg into contact with the wood. once both legs are touching you can drive them in. Tapping them closed a little helps too. But I dont usually have time to mess with all the staples much.

  9. breakout

    breakout Out Of The Brooder

    May 14, 2012
  10. J-Sanders

    J-Sanders Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 28, 2012
    Very good! I see you have learned well.

    Let me repeat what you have said, First look at staple. See longer leg, grab that close to the sharp end and hold it. Now look at wood or post, see the grain and where the wire makes a cross. Put the sharp end of the long leg in the top left corner if you are right handed with a hammer or the top right hand corner if you are handicapped :D. Tap lightly to start the staple and not hammer your fingers. Once the staple is set then hold the fence in position and finish driving home the staple. No fuss no muss no busted fingers.

    What gets most people is they don't think about securing the fencing temporarily so the try to do too many things with one hand and get themselves a mashed digit for their troubles. Fence stretchers are a must for a no aggravation day. They can be made or bought. For field fence, two metal T posts and some bolts and nuts work very well with a come along or a lever and hook. For barb wire a lever and hook is all you need.

    Stretched tight and secured right make for many a restful night.

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