It's hard for me to type this right now because my hands are so swollen from pulling staples out of the stairs. I've pulled staples a lot before in different areas, but something about the pliers I was using today, or perhaps the fact that I did it for several hours, resulted in severely swollen hands. Whoever installed the carpet saw fit to shoot hundreds of little tiny staples into each step. We pulled the carpet up but left the pad on top of each step, so we were only pulling from the back of the steps, if that makes sense. Greg, Barb and I worked for a couple hours each and only got the staples out of 4 or 5 steps.