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stevegravley's Avatar stevegravley
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I have some stapling ahead of me, so I going out to purchase a compressor and stapler tonight. I don't have a finisher either, so I thought I'd get a Porter Cable bundle, but they seem to come with the 18ga crown staplers and not the 22ga upholstery staplers.

Is the 18ga crown stapler ok for acoustic panels, screen frames, and other uphostery applications?
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The biggest difference between the Porter Cable, Bostitch and such...compared with an upholstery stapler.......is the width of the staple at teh top of the crown. My upholstery stapler is a 3/8" crown 22 gauge. I have the other type of stapler as well but opted to buy the real deal. There is quite a difference in 18ga to 22ga. The upholstery staples lie very flat and on TOP of the fabric. Construction staples are generally meant to be sunk below the surface of the wood.

While you can use the construction stapler, you will likely have to fiddle with it for the right depth and put a whole lot more staples in.

For what it's worth, I bought a Unicatch on eBay and it worked fantastic during the covering of my fabric frames a couple weeks ago. We almost used 10,000 in a 12x21 room!
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Thanks for the info. It helps delineate the two options very well. I will see what they have at the ol' HD and make my choice. I'm leaning toward the 22ga, but might muddle through with the crown.

My biggest worry is keeping my Seymour AT fabric on the frame with enough tension with the narrower crown staples.
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I have both tools and after cumulative use of over 100,000 staples can say, you want an upholstery stapler for fabric. You won't find it at HD. Will the crown work? probably. Will it take longer, yes. And if you make a mistake and need to remove some staples and do it over, you can forget about it with the narrow crown. It can be done with the upholstery stapler. Do you really trust your technique making that screen?
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That's enough nudging for me! It turns out my brother has the same kit I was considering. I called him last night and he's not using it, so I'll borrow it for a few months and buy the porter cable upholstery stapler online for $99.

Down the road, I can buy the set if I need to.

Thanks for the information, you two!
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I think I still have a cheap upholstery stapler laying around. If you are interested in trying one out, let me know.
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I think I still have a cheap upholstery stapler laying around. If you are interested in trying one out, let me know.

Thanks! And in a PM you recommended this guy from Harbor Freight Tools which costs a mere $22. For that price I'm going to try it. If it gives me too many troubles, I'll upgrade to the Porter Cable.
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Thanks! And in a PM you recommended this guy from Harbor Freight Tools which costs a mere $22. For that price I'm going to try it. If it gives me too many troubles, I'll upgrade to the Porter Cable.

I have this guy- have had it almost a year and just used it yesterday. Awesome and smooth!

Just one catch- there is no safety on it. Pul the trigger and it fires so be careful. Also uses 3/8 width crown. Dont use the yellow 'fastener guide'. I have a box of 5000 to return as a result of following that.
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