Hammering may seem like the most basic tool technique known to man. And indeed, to the unskilled, hammering just means pounding the heck out of something until you get the job done. Sure, you could do that, but you’ll end up with crummy results and a tired arm to boot. A wise handyman knows how to choose the right hammer for the job, and how to then wield it safely, effectively, and efficiently.

The above technique-refining tips can help you avoid the frustration of bent nails and the pain of smashed fingers. Good technique will also drive your targets in faster, so you can spend less time hammering and more time admiring your finished work.

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