How To Unjam a Stapler

Nothing is horrifying to an office worker hanging by a thread above Deadline Ravine than finding out that a stapler ran out of wires or got crowded at the last minute. Why staplers jam for a lot of reasons? When staple clips are loads incorrectly, the mechanism could stop at its tracks halfway. Sometimes the arrangement itself stops working well because of broken parts. Whatever the reason, replacing a stapler every time it jams doesn’t make any sense especially when there are ways to get fixed without the need to spend on anything. When a stapler shuts on you, you can follow specific steps to avoid causing more damage to it. A faster, more practical way to do is to unjam it yourself.

Opening a jammed stapler

First, we need to learn how to open a stapler flat. Take the stapler and open it wide to the extent that it lines up horizontally. Try to see if you can get any lodged wires or residue off by turning it over and giving it a light tapping.

  • Try opening the top and unload the staple wires from the magazine. Use a bent paperclip and try removing any staple wire that got caught. Insert the paperclip from the outside if you can’t open the head. See if you can slide it down then pull it out somehow.
  • Use a screwdriver (a flathead) and stick it inside the mouth of the stapler. Use it to pop open the top if you can’t do it by hand.
  • If after a few fixes and the stapler keeps getting jammed, it’s time to replace it because the malfunction isn’t fixable anymore You can get another one, a manual that you’ll need to oil every few months to keep it in good working order. If it’s an electric stapler, you may try to have it repaired by a professional at a stapler repair shop. Always check to see if you’re using the right sizes of staple wires.

Unjam a heavy-duty staple gun

Any person who had experienced using a staple gun will tell you that it gets jammed from time to time even if it’s meant to withstand so much pressure. Here we’ll learn how to fix a jammed staple gun. These machines drive staple wires through sturdy materials such as wood and masonry. It is the larger and more-improved version of the ordinary office stapler. Staple guns, whether electric or pneumatic, share the common fact that they need a power source to work. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a professional or a DIY worker. Having the skill to manage your tools, especially the staple gun, will save you a headache later on. The staple gun has there parts that can fail anytime: the hammer, spring, and staple.


For unjamming this machine, prepare a pointed or needle-nose pliers, and a flathead screwdriver

  • Before working on the spale gun, unplug it from a power source as a safety precaution if it’s an electric type and depressurising air if it’s pneumatic.
  • Use the screwdriver to dismantle the device. The most likely to get jammed is the release head. Get the staple clip out carefully.
  • Using either the screwdriver of the pliers, try to get the staple wire out. The pliers are the better choice because it can just grab the staple wire to get it out of the gun, but if it’s not available, the screwdriver should do the trick by prodding the interior of the gun arm to take the stuck object out.
  • Return the staple clip to the staple head and make sure only to load it with appropriate sized staple wires to make sure that it will work correctly. Smaller staple wires are likely to cause another jam when it’s misaligned.
  • To close the staple gun, attach the staple release head to the hammer. The hammer is responsible for pushing the wires forward. The wires will get off track and cause a jam that could loosen staples and scatter them.
  • Plug the staple gun to test it with. Position the gun on any surface to try and drive the staple wire down.

To be on a safer side, never overload your staple gun with a staple wire and make sure that you’re only using the intended size for the right kind of staple gun. People make the mistake of adding staples that are not intended for the type of stapler or staple gun that they’re using.