Choose the right nail for the job
Hammering in the wrong sized nail can be like playing hockey with a football. Nothing fits or works as it ought to.
Choose your nail according to the job in hand. If you’re working with a large, thick piece of timber choose a large nail. If you’re working with a small, thin piece of timber, don’t choose a
Go to nails in this website for information about different types of nails - their shapes and their uses and the whys and wherefores of the materials they’re made from. Choose from this information and then look at your job carefully. Decide on whether or not the nail should enter the wood at an angle.
Visualise how far the nail should penetrate. Will you want to punch the nail below the surface? Will you need to have a shorter nail as a result of this choice? Choose the length of nail accordingly.
How heavy does the nail need to be? Will a thin, long, panel pin be strong enough, or should you use a heavy steel jolt head for strength? Is the nail likely to pull out through the soft timber?
Will you get horrible ugly rust marks in your paintwork if you use a steel nail instead of a galvanised one? Look at the material choices in 'What metal type should your fastener be?' and choose the correct type of nail using a carpenter’s knowledge.