What are some tips for repairing a Swingline stapler?


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Tips for repairing a Swingline stapler include checking Swingline.com for specific maintenance instructions, reviewing the operating manual for that model, removing obstructions from the head with a paperclip and checking the paperclips themselves on units prone to jamming. It may also help to check the locking tabs on the outside of the magazine for blockages or loose connections.

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Swingline.com features free downloadable instruction manuals for many of its popular models, which may feature specific instructions about how to conduct repairs for specific units, including listings of the necessary tools to complete the tasks and specific safety precautions to prevent personal injury. The site also includes usage tips to reduce the occurrence of common issues, such as jams in the magazine or the inability to close the unit. If the website does not offer the appropriate instructions to resolve the issue, owners should clear out a space on a flat surface to begin additional repair steps as well as gather any necessary tools, such as a screwdriver, pliers or a paperclip.

If the stapler is jammed shut in such a way that it limits access to the magazine, owners should first extend the unit so that the base and the upper section form a straight line before then attempting to press the top section down to push any staples still inside outward. It may be necessary to use tools to pry the magazine top open and remove the staples. If there is a block in the head, a paperclip allows the owner to dislodge the blockage.

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