Pro Tip: Prevent Nails From Splitting Wood

Learn how to hammer in a nail near the end of a board without splitting it.

A hammer and a nail laying on top of three pieces of wood | Construction Pro TIps

Blunt the tip

A nail is basically a wedge. A nail pounded in too close to the end of a board could “wedge” the wood fibers apart and result in an unsightly split. Thankfully, there’s an easy fix to this problem: Turn your “wedge” into a “punch”. Before hammering the nail through the wood, take a few seconds and pound down the tip of the nail. Without its sharp, dividing tip, the blunted nail will “punch” through the wood without splitting it.

Check out the video below to see the tip in action:

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