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Here some DIY tips and information about nails and how to use them that a home handyman will find useful.
Blind nailing is nailing that is done in a way that the heads cannot be seen on the work's surface.
Masonry nails are very hard nails used for fixing things to concrete, brick or masonry. They are usually a shiny silver color. Be careful when hammering them in as you may create a spark if you hit them hard with a hammer.
To drive a nail into a piece of wood, start off using gentle taps with the hammer until the nail is firmly seated.
You will find it easier to remove large nails with a claw hammer if you place a block of wood under the hammer. It also helps prevent the hammer damaging the wood that the nail is being removed from.
It is not very easy to hold a small nail without hitting your fingers with the hammer unless you use a piece of thin card to hold the nail for you. Push the nail through the card and then hold the card while you hammer in the nail. When the nail is firmly seated you can remove the card.
If you try to drive more than one nail along the same grain of a piece of wood you risk splitting the wood.
Here is a selection of household cleaning and stain removal tips and information that you will find useful.
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Please be cautious when cleaning items or trying to remove stains. Before using a cleaner or stain remover always do a test on a small piece of fabric that won't be seen to check that it won't change the colour or damage the item.
Stain removers need to be handled with extreme care. Always read and take note of any instructions or warnings on the label. The chemicals used in stain removers are often poisonous and highly flammable so make sure that you keep them safely away from children and pets. Always ensure there is adequate ventilation when using stain removers as they often give off dangerous fumes. Don't smoke when using them. Be careful not to mix stain removers - if you try one stain remover and it does not work make sure that you have thoroughly rinsed it away before trying a different stain remover. It is best to wear rubber gloves when touching any cleaning or stain removing products to avoid damaging your skin.