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What's A Cap Stapler/Nailer - And Why Should I Use One?

If you work with housewrap or roofing underlayments, and you are still using a standard hammer-tacker, it's time to think about an upgrade that can improve the quality of your work - and ultimately increase productivity on the job. If you saw the title, you already know we're talking about adding a cap tool (stapler or nailer) to your arsenal. There are quite a few options available, including tools from Bostitch, Senco, Hitachi and Paslode, but one brand that specializes in cap nailers and cap staplers, Stinger Cap Systems' specifically designs their tools for applications that require a cap nail or cap staple.
Stinger CN100
What's the benefit of a cap fastener over a standard staple? The cap helps to protect and expand the surface area (holding power) of the fastener - which means the fastener is better able to withstand harsh weather conditions - protecting the housewrap or fabric from separating or tearing. Many manufacturers require capped fasteners be used with their wrap or felt, due to the increased strength and protection they provide. Cap tools can also be used for a variety of other applications including foam board installation, carpet padding and more. In other words, these tools are perfect for any material that is thick, but maintains a soft consistency.
Stinger Cap Tool
If you are looking at cap nailers, there are a couple good options available, which include the Hitachi NV50AP3 and Bostitch N66BC-1; if you are looking to drive a larger and wider range of fasteners. If you are looking for a smaller cap nail (1" to be precise), we suggest the Stinger CN100. Similar to a cap stapler, these tools are designed for roofing, sidewall and insulation board - check with the material manufacturer to determine whether a nail or staple is required for your application.
Senco BC58
Moving into cap staplers, a few of the more popular options, look to Senco's BC58 cap button stapler, Paslode's CS150 cap stapler, Pneu Tools Rap-A-Cap 58 (RC-58), and of course, Stinger brand cap tools - including the CH38 (manual fire), CH38A (auto fire) and CS150 (air-powered) cap tools. Depending on the material - and surface it is being installed to - you will need to determine whether a nail or staple is necessary for your application.
Paslode CS150
Before you buy a cap tool, be sure to consider these factors: manual vs. auto-firing tool; the role that tool weight and balance plays on your application; and the level of maneuverability required for the job. For heavy-duty, high-volume use, you will most likely choose an auto-fire cap tool. The benefit to a manual cap stapler, such as the Stinger CH38, the tool is lightweight and smaller in size - which makes it easier to maneuver. For most pneumatic variations of cap stapler, plan on any of the tools previously mentioned weighing between four and five pounds - before caps and staples have been loaded. Pneumatic tools also require an air compressor to operate, another factor that should be taken into consideration depending on the flexibility of your jobsite.
Stinger CH38
Need additional help? Let one of our trained technicians guide you to the perfect cap tool for your project.
Capping Your Fastening Tool Knowledge,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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