Use a Stapler

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In the following tutorial, we will explain how to use a stapler. The topics discussed in this article will include how to load a stapler, how to unload a stapler, and how to remove a stuck or jammed stable from a staple gun. We've focused on office style staplers for this tutorial, as they are the most common and the easiest to get staples stuck in. In the photo below you will see two separate staplers. The stapler on the top uses a larger size stable. The stapler on the bottom, which is all black, uses a smaller set of staples. In fact, the stapler at the bottom actually has the wrong size staples, which we will discuss more in the following article.

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How to Load a Staple Gun

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    Open a box of staples.
    To open a box of staples, push the box from the backside; and you will see the part with the staples slide out. There should be a tab visible. In our image, it's a white tab.
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    Lift the white tab, and you'll see all the staples.
    This is when you should remove some staples from the box.
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    After you have removed the staples from the box, place them on the table or another surface where you will be working.
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    Now, get your stapler and firmly pull up the top of it, while holding the base or bottom of your staple gun.
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    Once you have pulled the top part up, you should have the opened stapler sitting in front of you.
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    Pick up a row of staples and place them into the staple gun.
    They should easily go in. In our example, you should have room for two separate rows of staples. This is true for most staple guns.
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    Close the staple gun by moving the top forward until it reaches the point where it's mostly closed.
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    Then, press down hard on the top of the staple gun so that it closes all the way down.
    In most cases you will close out one staple when doing this.
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    You should now see a staple, which indicates the stapler is closed and working.
    You're now ready to use your stapler.
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Use a Staple Gun Normally

There are basically three ways to use most office staplers. The first and most common is simply to staple two paper together. The others are a bit more complex, but we will discuss them all in the steps below.

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    Take a folded piece of paper, and place it into the staple gun.
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    Press down on the stapler firmly until you hear a click.
    Then, you will lift your hand up from the staple gun.
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    Remove the paper, and you should see that a staple has been firmly attached to it.
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Use a Staple Gun for Reverse Staples

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    You can then reverse the position of the stapler bed.
    This is done by opening the staple gun as we showed you earlier and then flipping it over so the two indentations that are farther apart are at the front of your stapler.
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    This is done by pushing the small tab or button at the bottom of the stapler.
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    From there, you will simply turn the silver part around.
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    When you have finished, the wide indentation should be at the front of the stapler.
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    Now, we will close the staple gun once more.
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    Place your paper into the stapler as before and press down.
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    Note that the staple is now reversed and sits out, rather than sits in.
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Use a Staple Gun for Bulletin Boards and Walls

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    Fully open the staple gun.
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    Place the stapler against any flat surface you wish to staple onto.
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    Press your hand against the top piece and push.
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    This will allow you to work in an environment like a classroom.
    In such instances, you will be able to staple cutouts or other paper calendars and similar things for children or adults to help teach and enhance their learning experience.
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Remove a Stuck Staple

Sometimes, a staple gets stuck in a stapler. While it is not difficult to remove, if you aren't careful, you can stick the end of a staple in your finger. This is not only painful but can also lead to an infection; so, it's best avoided. In this section, we will show you how to remove a stuck or jammed staple from your staple gun.

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    Pay attention to the staple sizes.
    Before you load a staple gun, look to see if the staples are the correct side. Incorrectly sized staples will almost always result in a jam. Notice that the staples in the image below do not go all the way to the front of the staple gun. This is because they are too short or too small.
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    In the unfortunate event you find yourself in a situation where you need to staple something and the only tool you have available is the gun that is too small.
    Accept that you will have stuck staples and work around it. In this case, you're going to push the staples all the way to the front of the stapler as we have done here.
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    Once you've done that, close the stapler, and place your paper in it just as you would for any normal stapling, and press down.
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    In this case, we successfully made one staple.
    However remember that we already know our incorrectly sized staples will create problems, likely cause a gun to jam or get stuck.
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    After pressing down on the stapler again, we can see that a staple is now stuck.
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    To remove the stuck stable, first open the staple gun.
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    Turn the stapler upside down and tap it on a table or other hard surface to dislodge other staples in the gun.
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    When the staples are dislodged, use a paperclip or, as happened with us, simply tap on the table again to get the stuck staples to come out.
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    As you can see in the image below, our staples are now unstuck.
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