Handywoman's Home Repairs
“Handywoman’s Home Repairs” by Gloria Rae
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How to remove a nail:
Using the edge of one claw of the hammer, pry the head of the nail from the wood until it
can be slid into the claw slot.
Place a piece of thin wood, at least 3/4-inch-by-3/4-inch, beneath the head of the hammer
for additional leverage.
Jerk the nail out.
These tips will help you get the work done but, if the work requires a specialist, then get
in touch with one. No matter how small or big the task is, safety is a key issue.
Important: Keep it away from children.
Always wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from flying particles and dust. Even
bystanders should wear safety goggles.
Consider earplugs as well.
All hammer blows should be struck squarely with the striking face of the hammer flat on
the surface which is being struck.
Avoid glancing blows as well as over-and under-strikes.
When striking another tool, always use a hammer with a striking face that has a diameter
approximately 3/8" larger than the other tool.
Never use one hammer to strike another hammer or hatchet.
Never use a tool with a loose or damaged handle.
Discard any striking tool if it shows dents, cracks, chips or excessive wear.
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