Drive a nail into the wall - you have to pay attention to that

"He can't even drive a nail into the wall" is often said. In fact, it's not always that easy, and there are a few things you should be aware of. Here we reveal how to do it right, which surfaces make it difficult and which tricks you can use to get around.

Right technique

Correct hammering also needs to be learned. A hammer is always held by the end of the handle, the blow is always loose from the elbow joint. The focus is only on the nail - and not on the hammer. This is one of the most common mistakes that are made, with the result that the blow goes wrong or you even get injured.

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Strikes with a hammer should never be done with great force. If more force is required, it is better to use a heavier hammer instead of using more force.

Different substrates

Today houses are no longer built exclusively from bricks. The walls into which you have to drive nails can consist of very different materials:

  • Brick and thick layer of plaster
  • Light or hollow brick with a thinner layer of plaster
  • Plasterboard
  • concrete

Nails often find a very good hold in thick layers of plaster, even with thinly plastered, traditional brick walls, there is usually no problem.

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Plasterboard, on the other hand, is often just 10 mm thick - a nail can hardly find a hold in these walls, which are often only thinly plastered. It is easy to break in, but it hardly carries heavier objects.

Driving a nail into a concrete wall is usually hardly possible. In most cases, pre-drilling is unavoidable here, but this can also mean a lot of effort under certain circumstances.

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Tips and Tricks

  • Use only nails that are 3 cm or less in length
  • Steel nails are more stable and therefore easier to drive in
  • As with driving nails into wood, you can first hold the nail on the wall with pliers, this prevents injuries
Tips & Tricks Nails on which you want to hang pictures or objects should always be hammered in at a slight angle upwards. Then the picture later slides towards the wall instead of sliding off the nail.

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