Satiety Guide How to Drive Nails With A Hammer
Hammering nails is something anyone can do. If you’ve never done it before, images of hammering your finger can be frightening, but with practice and the right you can avoid this. In fact even people with low vision can hammer nails easily.
How You Should Drive Nails with A Hammer
Before we go to the actual hammering, some basic safety tips.
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The following tips concentrate on hammering a nail, but you can use the same techniques for breaking cement or wood chisel tapping.
How to Position The Nail
The first thing you have to do is position the nail and keep it in place. There are several ways to do this:
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Once the nail is in position you just hammer the nail until the nail is driven down all the way through. You can just hammer continuously until the nail goes down, or you can use the two-stroke hammering method.
With the two-stroke hammering method you hit the nail with a couple of strokes. The first is used to find the nail head, and the second is to strike with force.
Instead of just banging away, you tap the nail and then bang, then tap again and bang and so on.
Regardless of the method you use, make sure the hammer’s head and nail are parallel so the head hits the nail head with force. When hammering, hold the handle close to the end.
This way the hammer’s weight and your wrist do the brunt of the work and not your shoulders.
Tips for Better Hammering
If you have low vision, install overhead lighting to illuminate the place. You may also consider adding portable tabletop lamps so you can move it around while you work.
If there’s not a lot of space on your table, get a floor lamp with wheels so you can move it around.
If you’ve got low vision, wrap some electrical tape around the hammer’s handle so you can see it better. Even when you’re hammering you won’t have trouble seeing the hammer with the tape.
Majority of hammers have a dark color, so use a brightly colored tape, i.e. red, yellow or white.If you’re having trouble seeing the nail head, put a colored dot above it. When you’re done hammering you can take it off.
Which Hammer Is Best for Driving Nails?
It depends on the type of work you do. There are tack hammers for light work as well as heavy hammers for use on wooden beams or concrete. Here are some suggestions:
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If you’ve never done this before, the idea of hammering nails might seem daunting. But it’s actually easy and worth learning.
By understanding the process, you’ll be able to perform any number of DIY tasks and projects. During your first few attempts, you’ll feel the need to keep checking the nail if it’s correctly positioned.
But over time your muscles will remember and you’ll be able to hit accurately without repeated measuring. As you gain experience, you’ll also notice by the sound if you’re driving the nail right or if it’s bending or not being struck properly.
That’s all there is to learning how to hammer a nail. As you can see there really is nothing to it. With enough practice you’ll learn how to hammer nails in different materials with precision.