How To: Use a nail holder to hammer a nail in tight spots

Use a nail holder to hammer a nail in tight spots

There's many times when you're improving your home that you'll find yourself in a tight spot when driving a nail. Don't hit your thumb. Let home improvement expert Danny Lipford show you how to use a nail holder to hammer a nail in tight spots.

When nailing in a tight spot, such as a corner near a wall, it can be hard to hold the nail in place in order to drive it. Here are three simple tips to keep your fingers intact.

1. Use a pair of needle nosed pliers to hold the nail, position it in place, and give the nail a tap to get it started. Once it's started, remove the pliers and hammer it in.

2. A scrap of cardboard also makes a good nail holder. Push the nail through one end of the cardboard, hold it in place, and begin nailing. The cardboard also acts to protect the surrounding wood from dings while nailing. Once the head of the nail is flush with the cardboard, simply pull it off and use a nail set to drive the nail home.

3. A pencil with a new eraser makes a good nail holder. Cut a slit lengthwise down the center of the eraser with a utility knife. Press the nail into the slit to clamp it in place.

4. Holding the pencil in one hand, position the nail, and tap it with a hammer. Once the nail is started, remove the pencil and continue nailing.

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