Hammering in a nail without hitting your fingers a couple of times can be tricky, especially for beginners. There are safety rules that will help you avoid injuries or at least minimize the risk of their occurrence. At the same time, in the arsenal of each owner there should be “alternative” methods of protecting the fingers.
1. General tips
Before starting work, you need to make sure that you are aware of all the "general provisions" regarding finger safety when working with nails and hammers. First, all nails must be made of quality metal. Secondly, you need to position the nail with the head away from you, so that the blow falls as evenly as possible on the fastener. Thirdly, you can hold on to the cap with your fingers only when the nail has not yet begun to hammer into the material.
Important: Always hold the hammer by the end of the handle. Only in this way can the greatest effort be ensured. Moreover, this is the only way to achieve the most correct working movement of the tool.
In addition, do not forget that you need to hammer in nails with extremely light movements, while it is not securely sitting in the material. As soon as the fastener goes deep into the wood, the movement should be increased the more, the deeper the nail has entered. You cannot hold it with your fingers. Also, the blows should be straight so that the nail does not bend.
2. Use what's at hand
In order to protect your fingers from being hit by a hammer at the time of hammering in nails, you can use tools specially designed for this. However, they all cost money, and often a lot, as well as special hammers. Therefore, experienced craftsmen and owners often go for improvisation. All that needs to be done is to replace the fingers in the working area with something that is not similar to the principle of action. Something that can hold the nail securely during the first stage of hammering.
The simplest thing that can be used and that is in every toolbox is the pliers. You can also use a regular clothespin or even a medical clip. Finally, you can use a regular comb. It will be enough to fold the fastening element between its teeth and make a few blows. It is important to emphasize that the comb (like the clothespin) should be made of high quality, durable plastic.
Note: If you need to hammer in a nail in a hard-to-reach place, you can use a few small screws as a temporary fastener.
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