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Theres a Better Way

Scrap Your Nail Set and Make Your Hammer Work Harder

comments (0) April 1st, 2011 in Blogs
grateful.ed Chuck Miller, editor at large

For use with multi-clip THERE's A BETTER WAY BLOG posts only

Video Length: 1:53
Produced by: John Ross

The best tools are multi-taskers

April Uno from Saskatoon, Sask., Canada, has handed in her nail set and modified her hammer for countersinking nails on the fly. Here's what she's done:

April used a 4-in. angle grinder with a diamond blade to first cut one claw off at an angle, about 1 in. back from the end of the other claw. She then ground and filed the longer claw until it was a long, slender spike, similar to a thin nail set or awl. All she does next is swing away at any proud nails in the trimwork she's installing.

If you try this yourself, you may initially end up with a few unwanted holes in your baseboards and casings, but with a little practice, you'll be hitting the nails on the head every time.

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