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Old 09-11-2012, 11:56 AM   #1
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I have to reroute some 12/2 that is stapled every foot or so. What is the best way to remove the old staples without damaging the wire? It's kind of in a cramped area. Is there a special tool that works for this?

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Depends on the type of staple. The aluminum ones with two nail can be cut using a flat bar and hammer and bent out the way.

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I don't think they're aluminum. A hammer wouldn't fit in there anyway. I tried side cutters too with no luck.
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Heavy duty large side cutters or linemans pliars if you have a strong grip. Clamp down right at the wood along with a medium sized phillips or straight screwdriver wedged between the wood and prying tool to give you a leverage point. Pull handle of the side cutters towards the wood and keep taking new bites until one side of the staple is out.
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Diagonal cutters used as a fulcrum will work.
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Fastest easyest way is with a pair of these.
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...98AE&first=109
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Fastest easyest way is with a pair of these.
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...98AE&first=109

That's what I was thinking, but I can't find mine. What did work amazingly well was a tool that I have that looks similar to this. I don't know who makes the tool, there is no name on it, it just says #34901 on it. It allowed me to lift the staple up enough so that I could grab it with a pair of pliers. There is a tool made just for this called the Nail Hunter, but at 25 bucks for something that just pulls the occasional staple they can keep it.

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