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Hammering nails without giving yourself a black thumb is a feat unto itself. One resourceful reader shows us how it's done.

hammering nails, black thumbNeedle-nose pliers are the key to keeping your nail in place as you hammer. Photo: slambo_42, Flickr

One way to effectively hammer nails without accidentally hammering your thumb (ouch!) or dropping the nail on the floor (ugh!) is to use a pair of needle nose pliers to hold the nail in place as you hammer.

Use the pointed tip of the pliers to grip the nail and hold it securely to the wall. While hollding the pliers, press your hand against the wall for leverage and a more stable grip. And if your hammer slips, it'll hit the metal pliers -- and not your fingers.

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Want to see another trick for hammering nails, especially in awkward spaces? Skip to :40 in the video below to see the cardboard method:

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