Was cleaning out the garage today and found a box of staples. Looks like the kind that go into a swingline. I'm not sure of the size. That is one of those things that always bothered me and said to myself "Loneranger it's about time you learned your staple sizes because it will come back around and bite you in the butt sooner than later!" Well I'm sure I'm not the only one who was scared to admit they did not know how to gauge staples. Any true community organizer should know this stuff. I did the dirty work for you so you can thanks me later.
The Sizes of Staples
The staple sizes commonly used in offices and houses are the 13/8, 13/6, 24/8, 24/6 and 26/6. The 13/8-staple has a diameter of 1.828 millimeters. Meanwhile, the length of its leg is 8 millimeters, which also refers to the length of the shank. The diameter of the 13/6-staple is also 1.828 millimeters. However, its leg is shorter at 6 millimeters.
For the 24/8-staple, the diameter is 0.511 millimeter while the length of the leg is 8 millimeters. The diameter of the 24/6-staple is the same but the length of its leg is shorter at 6 millimeters. Lastly, the diameter of the 26/6-staple is 0.405 millimeter while the length of its leg is also 6 millimeters. For mini-staplers, the appropriate staple size is the No.10.
Heavy-duty staplers need bigger-sized staples. The most common sizes include the 13/14, 13/10, 23/24, 23/20, 23/15, 23/12 and 23/8. The diameter of the 13/14-staple is 1.828 millimeters, while the length of its leg is 14 millimeters. The 13/10-staple has the same diameter. However, the length of its leg is smaller at 10 millimeters.
The next size for heavy-duty staplers is the 23/24-staple. It has a diameter of 0.573 millimeter and a leg length of 24 millimeters. The 23/20, 23/15, 23/12 and 23/8 staples have the same diameter as the 23/24-staple, which is 0.573 millimeter. They differ only in terms of the length of their legs, which are 20 millimeters, 15 millimeters, 12 millimeters and 8 millimeters respectively.