Are these multi-cable electrical staples goofy, or is it me?
I just tried to use one of the red Gardner Bender Multi-Cable Staples for the first time, and I’m puzzled. I had two 14-2 NM cables to secure, but the plastic slots on this product don’t grab the cable at all; it can slide up and down quite freely and side to side an inch or so. I did close it completely. I’m using plastic single-gang boxes that don’t include a clamp. My understanding was that one staples a cable snugly (without squashing it) to keep it from pulling on its connections inside the box. This product is labeled for 14-2 NM, but it seems to be designed for something thicker. I could put two 14-2 cables under one of the plastic staples with a nail on each side, but the resources I’ve read are quite mixed on whether this is okay. I don’t have room to “weave” multiple cables up the middle of a 2×4 so that each has its own staple. Am I missing something about the multi-cable staples, and how do you handle two 14-2 NM cables that have to be stapled onto a 2×4?
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