<VV> New shroud staples are very tough to bend?

Ignacio Valdes ivaldes at hal-pc.org
Tue Jul 10 09:32:05 EDT 2018

Update: the stainless steel staples are very difficult to do because they
are so stiff and short although the final result is probably better. Major
problems are lining up the holes and rubber fabric especially on curves. So
I am using Hillman 123133 20 gauge galvanized steel wire from my home store
as guide wires or they can be used as finished wires although they may be
more prone to rust. You can make them long so it is easier to line things
up. See the series of attached pictures. This makes it a lot easier if you
want to go back afterwards and stitch in the stainless steel ones. Greg R
figured out that if the whole piece is loose from the engine you can put it
on a sturdy surface and bend the stainless steel ones over with a punch.
Better than using a dolly. However, using guide wires as shown makes it
much easier to get them in to begin with. The Clark's little drill bit is
the right size for re-drilling the holes after painting.

On Sat, Jul 7, 2018 at 10:26 AM, Ignacio Valdes <ivaldes at hal-pc.org> wrote:

> Talking with Clark's the way you put these stainless steel staples in is
> grab each end with a needle nose plier on each end so it doesn't rock like
> a see-saw when you try to bend it. Bend it as much as you can in the
> desired direction which isn't that much because these things are stiff.
> Then get a body dolly below and a hammer on top and hammer the ends down to
> fold them the rest of the way.  Wow that's a lot of work but this technique
> works.  This technique is not included in the instructions that I can see.
> Regular steel staples are probably softer but will rust. -- IV
> On Sat, Jun 23, 2018 at 5:54 PM, Ignacio Valdes <ivaldes at hal-pc.org>
> wrote:
>> Hi I am putting the rubber strips back on my shrouds using Clarks C858E
>> stainless steel staples. Boy these dudes are tough to bend! I get them
>> through and try to bend them over with a needle nose or even a full vise
>> grip squeeze and they don't budge! Is there a trick to bending these over
>> once you have them through the shrouds and the rubber strip?
>> -- IV
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