Hammer A Nail Safely

Hammer and Nails - Personal Image by LadyDuck
@LadyDuck (176363)
Switzerland
February 13, 2016 6:26am CST
This morning, reading the comments to a discussion posted by Fleur I have noticed that many users feel uncomfortable hammering a nail. I understand that this task requires a little practice. There are anyway some tricks you can use, to avoid hitting your fingers. First, select the right hammer e nails to be used for your job. Make a mark on the spot where you have to insert the nail. Now hold the nail with a clothespin, position the nail and hit with the hammer. As an alternative, you can insert the nail in a piece of cardboard, as you see in my picture. Here is a simple way to hammer a nail, without hitting your fingers. Others ideas on how to safely hammer a nail?
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71 responses
• United States
13 Feb 16
The safe way it to let my husband do it but I'm been using a hammer long enough to know how w/o getting hurt.
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@sueznewz2 (10139)
• Alicante, Spain
13 Feb 16
Yeah .... me too.... Lol's
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@Missmwngi (10783)
• Nairobi, Kenya
13 Feb 16
I also let someone else do it ha haa That moment you have to hide behind the feminine nature so as not to do it
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 16
@AbbyGreenhill I am pretty good in using a hammer, my grandfather was a carpenter, I started early.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
13 Feb 16
Such simple tips yet I would never have thought of them! Thanks Anna.
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 16
I hope they can be useful, I like to work with wood, but I fear all the time to hit my fingers.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
13 Feb 16
@LadyDuck I don't do it very often, but mashed fingers are not nice so I will remember your tips.
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• United States
14 Feb 16
@LadyDuck I don't think I've hit my thumb or finger more than one or two times in my life. I don't hammer a lot but it seems to happen when the hammer slides off the nail not when it's missed completely. I tap lightly until it's in pretty good and then a couple of good solid whacks seems to work for me.
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@sueznewz2 (10139)
• Alicante, Spain
13 Feb 16
that's a good idea.... I don't use a hammer very often .... but will keep this in mind... but Like @AbbyGreenhill and @Juliaacv I'll probably ask a man to do it...
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 16
When I want a job done, I usually want it done the same day... not after months, so I do it.
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• United States
13 Feb 16
I can do it, but that's 'his job' if he is within shouting distance.
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@sueznewz2 (10139)
• Alicante, Spain
13 Feb 16
@LadyDuck oohhhh good point ... @LadyDuck....
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• United States
13 Feb 16
@LadyDuck My dad taught me a great way, although my fingers often were the ones hit... He delt the hammer and I held the nail.. If he missed he hit my fingers but not his!! LOL For years I followed the same path. Either a friend, son or wife would hold the nail. I advised them not to move and close their eyes. 90% of the time I hit the nail. Harder to do now days as they no longer will hold the nail for me!
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 16
90% of the time is very good, but I suppose that the remaining 10% was not appreciated and still remembered.
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• United States
13 Feb 16
@LadyDuck Well they didn't appreciate that on those 90% hitting the target that the hammerer bounced and 99% of the time hit their fingers on the secondary bounce. LOL
@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 16
@Berniezeitler Now, I guess that you went out of volunteers.
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@Juliaacv (33250)
• Canada
13 Feb 16
Those are both good suggestions, but I have an even better one. Just let somebody else do it! That is how I hammer things in.
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@sueznewz2 (10139)
• Alicante, Spain
13 Feb 16
Yeahh I'm with you on that one.... I'm all for equality etc.... but ... sometimes... just let the menfolk do it.... lol's
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 16
@Juliaacv I love too much working with the wood, I use hammer and nails all the time. Even if I want to hang a picture, I know that it's better that I do it, if I want the job done immediately.
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@jaboUK (55053)
• United Kingdom
13 Feb 16
@Juliaacv Brilliant Julia, I'm all for that too
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• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
13 Feb 16
I hate hammering, I prefer to drill. I have hit my thumb soo many times trying to hammer nails on the wall to put up picture frames and mirrors
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 16
This is why I use the cardboard, I hate to hit my fingers with the hammer.
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• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
13 Feb 16
@LadyDuck il try that next time I have to nail something to the wall lol
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• Budennovsk, Russian Federation
13 Feb 16
Here is what i found here, but i prefer to use "pliers" to hold a nail at the beginning.
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 16
This is also a cool idea, if you have the right size of comb.
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@alberello75 (18668)
• Genova, Italy
13 Feb 16
The problem, sometimes the nail folds if not hit perfectly aligned. Now I do for sure, that knew a store in my city where was sold a small metal tool, in order to be able to properly hammer a nail, thus avoiding any inconvenience.
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 16
I know that my husband had that tool, but he does not remember where it is! I have to declutter his toolbox.
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@nanette64 (17934)
• Fairfield, Texas
13 Feb 16
The clothespin idea is excellent @LadyDuck .
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 16
Thank you Nanette, I have hit my fingers sometimes.
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@nanette64 (17934)
• Fairfield, Texas
13 Feb 16
@LadyDuck I will remember it for next time. I had to put up a 4'x8' sheet of MDF on the side of the donkeys shelter and smacked my fingers. Owwwie-oomie!!
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 16
@nanette64 This is the reason why I use those little helps, I get very easily distracted when I work outside and then I hit my fingers.
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@PainsOnSlate (20525)
• Canada
13 Feb 16
Cool idea, I handle a hammer and nails like a pro, but in another life I was a wood worker.
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 16
Both my grandfathers were carpenters, I suppose that it is in my genes to love to work with wood. I have no problems working with a hammer, but I love to feel my finger safe.
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• United States
13 Feb 16
Luckily I was married to a carpenter but not lucky in other ways lolz But he showed me how to properly hammer a nail and ever since then I am an expert.
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 16
Both my grandfathers were carpenters, I learned pretty young how to properly hammer a nail, but I prefer to keep my fingers safe.
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• United States
13 Feb 16
@LadyDuck Yes we must still employ caution Anna. A long line in the family of carpenters, it must come natural to you. The main thing I learned was to keep the nail straight and only a few hammers to it necessary if you are hammering deliberate and efficient.
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 16
@TiarasOceanView Yes, those are the important rules, if the nail it's not straight it bends.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
13 Feb 16
I simply hold the nail and hit it with a hammer. If the hammer hits my fingers then it is no big deal, I have done sillier things in the past so I just accept it.
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 16
Ouch! If you miss the nail and hit your fingers it can be pretty painful.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
13 Feb 16
@LadyDuck Many things can be painful Anna, but pain subsides so it is easy to ignore it and carry on.
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 16
@Asylum I believe that you are better than I am in this technique. I feel the pain.
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@MALUSE (43555)
• Uzbekistan
13 Feb 16
I'm good at hammering. I don't use any devices like you've described here. I start carefully and hit the nail only some millimetres into the wall. When it sticks, I use more force and the nail is in.
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 16
I have tried to hammer nails in the wall of our atomic shelter, but I had to give up. I think I will try with a small drill first.
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• Eugene, Oregon
14 Feb 16
@LadyDuck You have an atomic shelter? That would an interesting discussion.
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
14 Feb 16
@JamesHxstatic For all the individual houses and apartment complex in Switzerland it was mandatory to have an atomic shelter until 5 years ago. Now you can pay an annual tax for a public shelter and avoid to built this pricey room, but once you have built one, you cannot get rid of it. I remember I wrote a post about this in Bubblews.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
13 Feb 16
I never thought of doing something like that. Great suggestions! I have hit many a finger before hammering.
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 16
I have also hit my fingers several times, I had to remember the tips of my grandfather.
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@simone10 (21647)
• Louisville, Kentucky
14 Feb 16
@LadyDuck He gave some really great tips on saving those fingers.
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@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
13 Feb 16
Good ideas Anna although I liked the suggestion in your third paragraph of using an e nail.
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 16
I like the idea of an e nail, virtual work is so much better than real hard work.
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@amadeo (73192)
• United States
13 Feb 16
very seldom use a hammer and nail. If I had a hammer.A good title. Thank you for the information.MY hammering is gone.
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 16
I remember the song "If I had a hammer" by Pete Seeger. I prefer to play safe, I do not like to hurt my fingers.
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@Missmwngi (10783)
• Nairobi, Kenya
13 Feb 16
I rarely use one
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
13 Feb 16
I like to work with the wood, I often use a hammer and nails.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
These are good ideas. It can be very painful to hit yourself with a hammer.
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
14 Feb 16
It's even worse if someone asks you to hold the nail, much better not to hold it with our fingers.
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@JudyEv (134917)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
@LadyDuck I don't think I'd ever hold a nail for someone else to hit! Although I have held all sorts of things to be screwed or even welded.
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
14 Feb 16
@JudyEv I hold a nail for my husband, because he was holding the two pieced to be nailed with his other hand, I did not feel safe at all.
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@LeaPea2417 (22015)
• Toccoa, Georgia
13 Feb 16
That is good information. Reading this reminds me of a time when I bashed my index finger with a hammer (hitting a nail for a picture to be hung). My nail was black and blue for a month as it healed.
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• Akron, Indiana
13 Feb 16
I would have never thought to use a clothes pin! What a great way to avoid not hitting your fingers. I will have to suggest this to my hubby, seeming how he is more "dangerous" than I am. I tend to be the one fixing everything in our house rather than him. Sometimes, being a woman, you just have to do it yourself in order to get it done right away or even the right way!
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
14 Feb 16
Hitting a nail with a hammer is very painful and it takes ages to heal. If you have to nail something not too hard, it's not a big problem, but when you have to hang a picture in a wall, the wall can be pretty hard and it requires force.
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
14 Feb 16
@thash1979 I also am the one fixing everything in the house, I try to avoid small accidents and problems as much as I can.
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@MarymargII (10565)
• Toronto, Ontario
14 Feb 16
Well, Anna- I never thought of the clothespin to hammer a nail- fabulous idea and it will help me to hold onto my fingers- lol!
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@LadyDuck (176363)
• Switzerland
14 Feb 16
I am never very sure that I am going to hit the nail and not my fingers at the first hit, so I prefer to play safe.
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@MarymargII (10565)
• Toronto, Ontario
14 Feb 16
@LadyDuck Especially when it's a very small nail. lol!
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