What are you using to remove butt cap staples?

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  1. 10shoe

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    I just broke an awl that has served me well for so many years I can't remember where I got it. When a butt cap is held on with long heavy staples, I could usually use this awl to pry up enough staple to grab it with a cutting plier or a long nosed plier. TW does sell a straight awl and I have purchased several of those over the years. They aren't up to this task.

    What do you use?

    Here's a picture of mine. The point is removable.

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  2. am1899

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    Wow. I do the same thing you do - work it loose with an awl (carefully!), and usually finish getting it out with curved nose pliers.
     
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  3. PBODY99

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    Looks like curved sewing awl, leather working tool.
    Hope this helps.
     
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  4. Rabbit

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    Yeah, I use a Babolat awl as well. You have to be patient and ease it up. I’ll use need nose pliers once I get the staple raised.
     
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  5. 1HBHfanatic

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    Small flathead screw driver!, and needle nose pliers
    used an awl,,,,,, until the tip broke off,, never again
     
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  6. eelhc

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    Use the proper tool. Tack lifters/pullers are cheap.

    If you find yourself doing it often... maybe an upholstery staple lifter might work better.
     
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  7. 10shoe

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    You've given me an idea. I have a friend in the furniture restoration business who is also a racquet collector. I will pay him a visit.

    It occurs to me I left some important info out of my original post. The racquet I was working on was an Original Pro Staff 6.0 95 with a white butt cap that has no trap door. When I get racquets with a trap door I have had success lately using an 8" long nose plier to push the staples out from inside the handle.

    Update: Googled "staple lifter" and ordered an Osborne 763 from Amazon. Thanks eelhc for the suggestion.

    Weirdness dept: When I googled "bent stringing awl" the picture I posted at the top of this thread is among the images.
     
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  8. Geoff

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    Try a scratch awl that is available at any hardware store. They are heavier and stronger than stringers awls and can be purchased for $7-10. I have a Stitch brand 178mm. The point on the one that I have had for several yesrs is in great shape
     
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  9. jim e

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    I just use a small mini flat blade screwdriver. It's not like you remove but caps daily, and a small screwdriver does the job, and it's cheap.
     
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  10. max

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    Sears has a nice awl that I use, not a stringer's awl (mine is pretty lightweight).
     
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  11. Kevo

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    I've always used my leatherman tool for odds and ends like pulling staples and trimming grips. I usually carry it with me and have it close at hand for the odd task that comes up. I usually get them started with the can opener end then use the pliers to pull after that. Never had an issue with that approach that I can recall.
     
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  12. drakulie

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    I use a scratch awl purchased at Home Depot for I believe around $7. Heavy duty with a super hard point that won't bend or break.
     
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  13. CosmosMpower

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    Small mini screw driver
     
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  14. 10shoe

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    Haven't used it yet but this here is an honest to goodness staple remover. Came yesterday.

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