Time to retire your hammer-tacker?
Fine Homebuilding editorial advisor Mike Guertin summed it up nicely in the opening paragraph of his excellent Tools of the Trade article (Tool Test: Cap Stapler and Nailers):
“If you’re still using hammer-tacker staples alone to attach housewrap and synthetic roof underlayments, you haven’t read the instructions lately.”
It was a relatively quiet transition over the last several years, but it’s right there in black and white in the instructions for Tyvek HomeWrap. Ordinary hammertackers and swingstaplers are a thing of the past:
“DuPont installation guidelines require the use of cap fasteners (nail, staple, and screw)…for permanently attaching DuPont Tyvek water-resistive barriers.”
So, if you’re using your hammer-tacker/swing-stapler for anything but tacking the housewrap in place temporarily (and DuPont only allows 4 staples per sq. yard if you want to keep the product warranty), you aren’t keeping up with the times. Now, Fine Homebuilding has tested the Hitachi and Bostitch models, talked about non-pneumatic versions in the magazine (Slap-Cap Stapler), and I got a chance to play with the new product from Paslode. What we haven’t done is a full head-to-head test. Well, now it’s in the works, and I’d like to hear what you all want to learn
This is your chance to steer our tool review. I invite you to comment below, and I will be checking back on a frequent basis to join the discussion.
Cap fasteners are best practice, not to mention a requirement of housewrap manufacturers
Hammer Tackers are only for temporary tacking