Drive a nail into the wall - this is how it works

Driving a nail straight into the wall is considered to be the basis of all manual dexterity. Under certain circumstances, however, this is not that easy. How to do it right, what tricks there are, and where driving nails is difficult, read this post.

Correct work

Basically, you have to be careful to hold the hammer correctly. Hammering should always be done with swing, but never with great effort. The hammer must be held by the end of the handle and the blow is lightly from the elbow. Never look at the hammer, always look at the nail - otherwise you will miss the blow.

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Drive in the nail correctly - step by step

  • nail
  • hammer
  • possibly tools (pliers, clothes peg)

1. Hammer in the nail

Hold the nail just below the head. Drive in the nail with a few light strokes until it stops by itself and stands straight. You can also use pliers or clothes pegs to hold the nail so that you do not get injured if you miss the blow

2. To hammer in the nail

Drive the nail into the wood with somewhat more forceful blows of the hammer (but still predominantly with swing). When the nail is almost all the way in, you should strike more carefully so as not to dent the wood.

3. Countersink the nail

Hit the nail head again vigorously, but make sure that the head does not penetrate too far, otherwise the wood into which you are hammering the nail may tear.

Drive nails into difficult substrates

When driving nails into walls or even concrete walls, there are a few other things that you should be aware of. You can find information, instructions, tips and tricks in the respective articles. Just click on the links.

Dents in the wood

If an adjacent blow has caused a dent in the wood, you usually only need to moisten the dent with warm water. If the wood fibers have not splintered, they usually straighten up on their own and the dent disappears.

Tips & Tricks So that wood connections hold even better, you should always use several nails and hammer them in at an angle (alternately inclined to the right and left).