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Five Better Ways to Hammer A Nail.

Even with a collection of power tools in the garage, it stills pays to be able to use the ultimate mechanical tool combo: the hammer and the nail. Here's five tips from Popular Mechanics for success every time: straight nails, and nice, safe thumbs.

1. Roughen the hammer’s striking face with sandpaper.

2.Blunt the nail's sharp tip with your hammer.  

3. Strike the edge of the nail's head.
 
4. Drive nails at different angles.

5. Let your hammer rest on the pane and slide it back and forth to drive the nail.
 
Bonus Tip: Keep the end of the handle pointing toward your hips.

 

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