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Staples for Making Beekeeping Kit

Staples are becoming more widely used in the assembly of hives and frames. The advent of electric tacking guns has speeded this process. They vary a little from manufacturer to manufacturer and some guns require specific staples to allow them to work at their best.

Narrow Staples
Narrow Staples These are usually 4 mm between the legs and are often used for the assembly of frames. However the force that these staples are driven by an electric or pneumatic gun, can damage frames that are made from the softer, lighter, timbers.

I have sometimes used this type to attach rim pieces to crown boards (inner covers).

I also have used them for fixing the side panels on frame feeders.

Broad Staples
Broad Staples Often 10 mm or 12 mm between the legs, these are available in many leg lengths and wire sizes. The thinnest type, with legs in the region of 10 mm length, are suitable for the attachment of mesh to wooden components.

Long legged and coarse wire versions can be used for box making.

"T" Nails
'T' Nails To enable magazine loading this shape of nail was developed. They are effective, but relatively expensive when compared to traditional types of nail. The cost may be offset by the comparatively quicker assembly that they afford.

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