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I'm replacing drawer slides on a bunch of cabinets and need a stapler. These Staples I need to pull out are really small. What is the size of stapler I need to do this? What's the smallest size staple for finishing?

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Also curious as to why staples instead of screws or brad nails. The most common finishing size is 18 gauge I think. The narrowest crown is Bostich's at 6mm- 7/32 but Bostich is the only one that uses that size so you buy from them and they cost more. 1/4" is almost the same thing but lots of manufacturers so cheaper and easier to find. I'm sure there are other gauges that are finer but if you are looking to make it invisible then you don't use a staple.
 
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There is a picture. All the rails we're done like this. It's a huge kitchen in a custom home . If this is not normal , I don't know what to say, but every place these slides are attached it's done with these Staples.


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Add textI agree...thanks for posting the pic, Tom. It makes way more sense now.
Yeh; manufacturing high production thing. Switch to round head wood screws.

The elongated slot allows you to place the bracket, but still adjust it laterally. When it's perfect, add one more screw thorough one of the regular round holes to lock it in place permanently.
 

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Normally done with screws, that's why the center is a slot and not a hole. It allows you to put a screw in the center, then adjust the fit, and once the fit is right you add a couple more to lock it in the right position. The way they did it is quicker and cheaper but not better.
 
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Them are 1/4" staples come in multiple lengths from half-inch up to an inch and a quarter
Like everything the more spend the better the tool, probable cost 40 bucks up to 2oo to 300 dollars.
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Screws, definitely would be my preference for all the reasons stated. I don't want to have to come back and fix it, and I'm not sure how accurately you could place that plate using staples. Use a punch of some sort to start the screws exactly where you want them. Pre drill with a small bit if its going into MDF or chip board of some sort. Put a little tape on the bit to mark how deep you want it to go.
 

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You might look at Kreg's drawer slide jig. It works great for me on my cabinets. A friend of mine had some issues on his cabinet he built. So try it first but it saved me time installing my drawer slides.
 

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Wood screws.

I think they used staples as a manufacturing shortcut. With the forces on a drawer 2 screws would probably stand up better than staples.

You can still buy a new tool, get a set of gimlets, they make starting the screws easier

https://www.amazon.com/4-Piece-Giml...ie=UTF8&qid=1503859579&sr=1-2&keywords=gimlet
Like Doug says you can buy a neew tool and you will be working in a small area so you might consider one of these or something similar:

https://www.amazon.com/Bosch-PS10-2...2167&sr=8-45&keywords=right+angle+screwdriver

https://www.amazon.com/Bosch-PS11-1...374&sr=8-103&keywords=right+angle+screwdriver
 
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