Finger-Saving Brad Nailing

Protect ngertips from hammer blows when youre tapping in those little brads. Apply a couple of layers of masking tape along the nailing line, and then press the brads into the tape

masking tape for hammering brad nails

Protect ngertips from hammer blows when youre tapping in those little brads. Apply a couple of layers of masking tape along the nailing line, and then press the brads into the tape to start them. The tapeinstead of your ngersholds the nails for hammering and also shields the wood from dents and dings as you tap in the nails. You can also mark the tape for exact nail spacing before driving in the nails. Thanks to reader Jim Thomas for nailing down this tip.

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