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Old 05-15-2013, 07:00 AM
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Recarpeting bunks

What is everyone using to attach new carpet to your trailer bunks?

I can't see paying an arm and a leg for an industrial size staple gun for a one time fix. I've got a smaller pneumatic stapler but I think it's too small for doing bunks. I've seen people use galvanized roofing nails before but that seems a little too cheesy.

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my stapler has a max crown size of 1/2, seems too small to me.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:34 AM
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Size isn't an issue when re-carpeting bunks just make sure to use either aluminum/stainless staples
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:35 AM
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Well, after some reading it seems monel 1/2in crown staples and and T-50 manual staple gun is the preferred method.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:43 AM
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Size isn't an issue when re-carpeting bunks just make sure to use either aluminum/stainless staples
That's what she said.


But, sure it is. Using a smaller staple would surely pull through the carpet easier then a larger fatter shank and crown staple would.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:01 AM
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this is just a thought; i just did mine and we made sure to wrap the carpet around and cut a small slit in the carpet then bolted the skid to the trailer so when you tightened the skid down the carpet was not going to come loose at any point. then you could simply staple the ends and any loose edges you might have. these aren't the best but they may help some.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:32 AM
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Bought this 18ga pneumatic from HF for $20 - http://www.harborfreight.com/18-gaug...ler-68019.html

Used 1/4" crown x 7/8" galvanized staples. 1" apart

I used unitized backing carpet left over from my pontoon referb. Due to me not skimping on the deck carpet quality, it is twice as thick as standard bunk carpet. Went on with no problems but the heavier carpet was more difficult to wrap, hold and staple.

Close up is of the carpet but also my 3 yr old "helping" and all the screws I retrieved from the tube
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:55 AM
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I have a pneumatic stapler capable of using 1/2 crown staples so that will be the minimum I will use as far as the staple width goes. The leg shanks will probably 1/2 as well.

http://www.jamestowndistributors.com...kout&part=7674

I probably wont have access to an air compress where I'm going to be working the trailer so probably going need to buy a new T-50 hand stapler.

I was just under the impression that trailer manufactures used something like a 1 or 1 inch crowns.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:58 AM
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I use an air compressor and a staple gun. Have to do some today.
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I use an air compressor and a staple gun. Have to do some today.
What size staples are you using Sand?
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:32 AM
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I used a manual staple gun with the longest stainless staples it would hold. Push hard and don't be stingy with the staples. Lay one layer of carpet over the top of the bunks, then wrap and staple over that for added protection. Do not use glue.
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