Starting a staple in a tough place
Insulated cable staples can be hard to start. Or maybe it’s because you’re trying to hold a staple and swing a hammer without hitting a finger. Recently, I was wishing for a staple holder, and then I realized that I had one right on the job: my sheetmetal locking pliers. I backed the heads of the staple nails out about 1⁄4 in. and clamped the nail heads in the jaws of the pliers. This made it easy to straddle the wire and start the staple.
—Don Mathis, Macomb, Ill.