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Reader Tip: Staple Puller

No need for a special tool—here's a simple modification that can turn needlenose pliers into something even more useful for rigging or canvas work.

December 18, 2012

staple puller

Rudy Sechez

DIY sailor Rudy Sechez has come up with a simple way to make pulling staples or inserting or removing pins during canvas or sail projects, or inserting or removing cotter rings in rigging easier. He suggests making a minor alteration to a pair of 6-inch needlenose pliers by grinding the tips to a wedge shape (check out the diagram for the recommended shape).

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