Patent Number: 6,305,891

Title: Fastening device and a spacer, and a method of using the same

Abstract: A fastening device comprises a "U" shaped spacer wherein the recess of the "U" shape is captured by the upper cross bar of a staple when the staple is used to fasten a protective sheeting to an item to be stored or transported. The spacer has a flat bottom surface and a flat side surface. The flat bottom surface increases the surface area of the staple in contact with the item during transport thereby reducing the chances that the protective sheeting may become torn from the item. The flat side surface increases the surface area of the standard staple during removal of the plastic sheeting because the spacer rotates about the crossbar of the staple. This rotation of the spacer reduces frictional contact between the spacer and the protective sheeting so that when the plastic sheeting is pulled from the lumber, the plastic sheeting will pull the spacer and the staple therefrom. In a preferred embodiment, the staples and the spacers are fed along flat, parallel elongate axes underneath the handle of a staple gun to allow one-handed fastening of the staples and the spacers to a lumber unit.

Inventors: Burlingame; Mark S. (Sherwood, OR)


International Classification: B25C 5/00 (20060101); B25C 5/16 (20060101); F16B 15/08 (20060101); F16B 15/02 (20060101); F16B 15/00 (20060101); F16B 015/00 (); F16B 015/02 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018