Don’t damage the item – or yourself – when using a hammer. Play it safe and follow these simple instructions.
Use the right hammer for the job.
Grip the hammer by the handle firmly.
Keep your wrist straight and use your whole forearm to lift and drop the tool.
Let the hammer do most of the work, using its weight to drive the nail, rather than pounding on it with your full force.
Angle nails against the grain for better holding power and stagger them to avoid splitting the wood.
Protect finished wood surfaces by placing a piece of pegboard over the nail before hammering. Then use a nail set to drive the nail even with the work surface.