DIY tip for staples

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For those of you who are afflicted with a terminal but not deadly chicken obsession, you know exactly what those little u-shaped things are in the picture above: chicken wire staples.  Very handy for securing chicken wire to wood, but nigh-on impossible to start with a hammer without bruising your fingers.  This is my DIY solution:  grip the staple with a pair of needlenose pliers until it’s started.   Your fingers will thank you.  And so will the chickens. 

I would also suggest that you purchase a hammer with the meat-tenderizer face.  The curved tops of those staples encourage a normal hammer to slip off and hit any digits unfortunate enough to be nearby.

Chickens: the pets that give back.


3 thoughts on “DIY tip for staples

  1. Good tip! If you don’t have a lot to do, or if its a small nail. You can use a piece of cardboard. Push the nail or staple into the cardboard and then hammer it in while holding the cardboard, not the nail/staple. Pull off the cardboard once the nail/staple has started in.

  2. I never would have thought to do that. I have used the larger version for fencing, (Lucy used to get out all the time) and would cut and bruise my fingers. I will definatly do this next time to avoid causing bodily harm to myself. LOL

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