What if staple legs poke through the sheathing and into the blown cellulose in the wall cavity?
I will be attaching housewrap to 1⁄2-in.-thick plywood wall sheathing, but my cap stapler shoots 1-in.- to 11⁄2-in.-long staples. Should I be concerned with all the staple legs poking through the sheathing and into the blown cellulose in the wall cavity?
—Adam Peterson, via GreenBuildingAdvisor.com
I assume you’ve confirmed that your cap stapler isn’t compatible with 1⁄2-in. staples, but regardless, I wouldn’t worry too much about the protruding staples. If they will bother you, though, it shouldn’t be too hard to figure out where the studs are and to place the staples so that they go through the housewrap, sheathing, and into the studs. If you are installing furring strips for a rain-screen gap, you need to know where the studs are anyway.