If it weren't for hammer tackers, the tedious task of applying felt paper and housewrap would be intolerable. As part of Arrow's new RED line, the HT50iRED has a bottom-loading mechanism that the maker says tightly secures the staples and makes jamming less likely than in rear-loading models. The tool's compact size makes it ideal for installing paper-faced insulation and doing other jobs in confined spaces. It can hold two full strips of T-50 staples ranging from 1/4 to 3/8 inch in size.
¦ Price: $37. 800-776-2228. www.arrowfastener.com.