Installing fabric, creating the perfect fit part 3

The fastest way to get the fabric on the walls is by using an air powered staple gun. These take a little time to get used to, but once you’ve mastered it, you can cut the time of hanging your fabric by at least 35-50% compared to a slap hammer staple gun.
BTW. It is called a gun for a reason. If you’ve ever shot yourself with a staple gun, you know what I’m talking about. And never, even in fun, point it at someone else. And always make sure there is no one close to you as you use this tool. And don’t forget to maintain the gun. A drop of oil in the morning and one right after your lunch break will keep the gun working smoothly. (just don’t throw it or drop it if at all possible)

Creating the perfect fit regarding hanging the fabric.

Heres’ what we are looking for:

  • We want the fabric completely flat against the wall cavities
  • Not to tight
  • Not to loose
  • Right side up
  • Not backwards

The best application of the staples are to run them horizontal ——– in the middle of the stud and vertical at the plates. Be careful not to get off track and run them down one of the sides of the stud. IF you do, you’ve created a space on the other side of the stud that could easily stretch as the fibers are installed and find their way to the front of the stud. This will usually cause the drywall contractor to want to find you and share his/her displeasure with you. So, pay close attention to your staple applications.

Also, the staples are to be no more than 1’ apart. If the space is wider, the same thing can happen……. fiber on the front of the stud. This, too, takes a little practice as you get to know your staple gun.

When done we want to see the staples 1” apart (any closer is not necessary. Closer than 1” will simply drive the cost of the staples up and will cause the fabric to be weaker in those areas where several staples have been shot into place close together)

The staples are horizontal, maybe with a slight angle (this helps alleviate carpel tunnel syndrome)

Staple ALL framing members and empty cavities.

We’re here to help, so if you have any questions, feel free to contact us for further information

Happy stapling!


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