when, why and how to use a Nail Set


Posted on: August 9th, 2013 by Sandra Powell 2 Comments


I love my nail guns but SOMETIMES, they don’t quite get the job done and you’re left with a nail head protruding slightly beyond the surface and you have to resort to an old school hammer to sink that nail.  Now you don’t want to just go hammering away at the nail and ding up your trim, grab a “nail set” do it properly.

nail that didn't sink

 

Grab a pair of ear plugs too because it’s loud.  It’s important to get a nail set that has a dimple on the end.  That way it won’t slip off the nail head so easily.

dimpled nail set

 

Place the nail set over the nail.how to sink a nail

Hammer until the nail is sunk and you have enough of a depression in the wood to fill with wood filler.

 

You might want to put a towel down to protect the surface in an instance like this where the hammer is laying on the floor while I pound in that stubborn nail.

how to use a nail set

 

Sand down the wood that pushed out around the nail set and then fill with wood filler, prime and paint.  That spot should disappear.

nail hole

 

And THAT is all there is to it!
sink stubborn nails with a nail set

 







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2 thoughts on “when, why and how to use a Nail Set

  1. Jeannie says:

    Thanks!! I’m doing this today…..good timing!

  2. kelly thompson says:

    wow- very good to know- after 8 years our house is settling and the nails on the trim are starting to show- now I know what to do and what that tool is actually for!