Butt Cap Staples

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  1. Ash Doyle

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    Where does one get the small staples used to hold a butt cap on? Thanks.
     
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    I don't know where to get the small staples... but silicone works just as well, and can be obtained at your local hardware store as well as your local plastic surgery center.
     
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    Check out the TW Learning Center link on this site, which addresses this specific issue with good info. I believe the staples are the T-50 size, and you can buy them and an Arrow staple gun to do the job at Home Depot.
     
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  4. You can get the stapler and staples from The Hansen Tacker Company www.hasentacker.com. I think the model that you need is a T-2 and the staple size is the 1/8" wide and 1/4" long. The approximate price for the stapler is around $50 and $10.00 for the staples plus shipping.

    You will also need a miniature hammer from Home Depot since the staples usually don't go into the handle completely.

    However, be careful with the composite handles because they might crack from too many stables. You can get some double-sided carpet tape, also from Home Depot, to put on the handle before installing the butt cap to minimize the need for a lot of stables.
     
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    I got my racket butt cap stapled by a coffin maker. Just got there with my racket and asked for a few staples. All done for free.

    You can also try visiting a carpentry workshop near you.
     
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  7. vinnier6

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    just reuse the old ones...take them out carefully and then line em up with the holes and just tape them back in with a small hammer...
     
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    He meant tap.
     
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    Resurrecting an old thread... I picked up the T50 for $16... what the hell staples do I use? I couldn't find any staple gun at Sears (but did find THICK gauge 1/8" crown staples), nothing at Walmart, and I couldn't find any 1/8" crown at Home Depot (as in: not on shelf, no spots for it either). What the hell? I picked up some light gauge standard crown staples 3/8" deep... should I not use them? Where the heck do I get these staples? What an infuriating trip.
     
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    They sell it at **** or bosworth tennis. Or ATS sports supply has it too.
     
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    so would 1/2" wide, 3/8" deep staples be bad for the racquet?

    Also... how do I know what material my grip is made out of? Racquet in sig...
     
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    i used a regular width staple gun on bevels 3 and 6 and they fit fine on those. I then just hammered a couple small nails on the 1st and 5th.. did the trick
     
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    The staples are narrow crown 3/8 or 1/2 inch staples that require a pneumatic gun to use. Any hardware store, home warehouse or building supply store should sell them. Now, whether they have 3/8 or 1/2 length staples is another issue. It's rare to find them so short.
     
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    Staple guns... hammers... those are really good ways to ruin your grip.
    Grip material is quite fragile.

    The safe way to go is silicone.
     
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  15. Steve Huff

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    The staples in most rackets are not 3/8 or 1/2. They are more like the 1/8 that some others have mentioned. Like Deuce, I prefer to use methods that don't shatter the handle as much, such as 2-sided tape and glue (or rubber cement). My PK's have handles that are graphite, just an extension of the racket. You'd have to have a pneumatic stapler and some pretty tough staples to go through it--I've tried.
     
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    its possible, but the handle isnt as fragile as you make out, i never had a problem
     
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    The old stables should go in quite easily, lightly tapping and also wriggling them in should do the trick.

    I did that when I added weights to my racket handle.
     
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    Yes - pretty much all handle material since wood racquets has been rather fragile.

    If you want to go forcing holes into said fragility, go ahead - it's your racquet, not mine.

    But I would think that common sense would say 'why put holes if there is absolutely no need'?

    Silicone will hold the butt cap as well as staples (sometimes even better), and still allow for the butt cap to be removed when needed.
     
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    to be honest, i hadnt actually thought of using silicone.. i have a couple other racquets i havent done yet.. i will give this a go..
     
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