Driving nails can be driven with procession and perfection. Here are some tips that will help you do just that. To get full advantage of the weight of a hammer's head, hold the handle as far from the head as possible without sacrificing a firm grip. After the nail is started, swing the hammer from your elbow. In general, nails should be approximately the same length as the combined thickness of the stock that's being fastened.If a nail is too small to hold with your fingers, use a bobby pin or a pair of needle-nose pliers to hold it in place as you hammer.

For starting brads or tacks that are shorter than I inch, use a magnetzed tack hammer.When starting a nail, hold it between your index and middle fingers with your palm up. If you accidentally miss the head, you'll strike the fleshy part of your fingers, which hurts a lot less than hitting your thumb or fingernail.

An easy way to avoid splitting wood is to blunt the sharp points of nails. Tap them with a hammer.More basic carpentry tips.

Here's how to conceal a nailhead. Chisel a shaving parallel to the wood grain, leaving the shaving attached to the surface. Drive in the nail. Glue the shaving back in place over the nailhead.

When fastening moldings with finishing nails use a strip of peg-board scrap to shield the wood. Drive nails through one of the holes as far as possible then set the heads with a nail set.

To remove a nail whose head is below the wood surface, place the hammer claw slightly in front of the nail with the tapered ends on the wood. Stake the hammer face with a rubber mallet to drive the claws into the wood surface.

Cutting pliers are ideal for removing nails with narrow or broken heads. Rock the pliers back and forth gently to ease the nail out.Thanks for reading this page on driving nails.