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Do your fingers hurt just thinking of you using a hammer and nails? If so, grab a clothespin and give them a break. Just place the nail in the grip of your clothespin and hammer until nail is securely in the wall, then release the tension on the nail and carefully lift up the clothespin. Finish hammering in the nail as usual.
By Teri M from Omaha, NE
To avoid smashing your fingers while hammering nails into the wall, hold the nail with a wooden clothes pin. So if you miss, you won't get hurt!
Hammering nails into wood is absolutely fraught with peril! You smash your thumb instead of the nail or bend the nail and have to start all over again with a new nail. Avoid both problems with this simple tip -- hold the nail with needle nosed pliers! Hammer away. Your thumb is now definitely safe and the likelihood of a bent nail is greatly reduced.
By Katherine from Manakin Sabot, VA