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Old 12-28-13, 05:26 PM   #1
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I'm to the point where I am putting down the aluminum heat spreaders in my office hydronic floor. However, I just tried stapling them with my hammer stapler and it really isn't cutting it. I tried swinging it, and hitting it with a hammer, both give less than stellar results. I'm guessing the next step is going to a pneumatic stapler? I highly doubt my electric stapler will punch through the .02" aluminum. Any other ideas?

Looks like Gary from builditsolar uses a pneumatic stapler: $2000 Solar Space + Water Heating System: Staple Up Radiant Floor Heat

Here is what I've gotten so far.


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I used pneumatic stapler
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Thanks, that is what I was thinking. I'll be borrowing one from my brother in law to finish those up!
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I used a couple of screw guns and drywall screws (6-8 per plate depending on length) for my installation. It's not quite as quick as stapling, but still fast and easy to do - screwing the plates down took about 10-15 minutes per room with two people. Also, after removing the carpet and padding, I never wanted to hear the word Staple again.
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Just to follow up on this. I ended up borrowing a pneumatic stapler to do the work. I haven't used it yet, but nothing else I tried worked. I tried a spring loaded stapler, it wouldn't go in far enough. I didn't try my electric stapler and I did not try using screws.
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I just wanted to wrap up this thread. I ended up using the pneumatic stapler and it worked like a dream. I had to adjust the pressure down to ~40 psi to not shoot the staple clean through the aluminum and still have it go in all the way. This took a bit of trial and error, but it wasn't bad. After I got it set, it worked so nice.


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