How to Fix a Jammed Manual Stapler

Five Methods:Checking the extent of the jammingOnly the staple is jammedMetal section is jammed to top of staplerInability to load staples when top won't liftUsing a staple remover

Have you ever had your stapler stuck, and you can't get it loose? Then, your boss has you doing a job with lots of stapling? You panic. You can't do the job! Calm down. Read this article. Learn how to un-jam the stapler.

Method 1
Checking the extent of the jamming

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    Pick up the stapler and turn it upside down.
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    Put your finger on the metal part, slightly behind where the staple is stuck.
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    Find out how badly it is stuck. Use this knowledge to determine which method will help.

Method 2
Only the staple is jammed

If the staple is the only thing jammed, use this method.

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    Put a paper clip into the place where the staples come out.
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    Find the staple, and knock it out with the paper clip. This might take some effort, but it will get it unjammed.

Method 3
Metal section is jammed to top of stapler

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    If the metal section where the staples are inserted is stuck in the top of the stapler, try these steps:
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    Take your finger out.
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    Put a paper clip in between the metal part and the plastic as much as possible.
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    Pull down forcefully. This should get it unjammed. If there is a staple stuck, follow the unjamming staple method above.

Method 4
Inability to load staples when top won't lift

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    If the top won't pop, meaning you can't load more staples, try this method.
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    Take the plastic part.
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    Force it upwards.
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    Repeat the second step until it pops up.
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    Alternatively, try a metal letter opener to leverage the jammed part.
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    Finished.

Method 5
Using a staple remover

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    Open up the stapler. Flip it upside down.
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    Find one of the small circular holes in the silver part of the stapler.
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    Using a staple remover, place one side of the remover such that a prong is inside the hole and the other such that it is clamped around the silver part.
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    Squeeze and pull until the silver piece comes out of the top.

Tips

  • Don't steal your co-worker's stapler.
  • Keep your hopes up kid.
  • Don't yell at your stapler.
  • Be persistent.
  • Find some glue or tape instead. It'll work.
  • Use needle-nosed pliers to pull the metal part away from the plastic housing.

Warnings

  • Don't put your finger where the staple is stuck.
  • Don't press down from the top. You have your index finger on the metal.
  • Be careful not to staple a body part.

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Categories: Paper Fasteners