When you hang pictures, like I did the other day, most of the time you use a hammer and some nails to do the job. One of my biggest pet peeves in home decorating or home improvement is the proper way to use a hammer.
This absolutely the most inefficient – i.e., wrong – way to use a hammer:
With your hand so close to the head, you can’t possibly get enough force to make an impact. So to speak.
Hold the hammer like this:
Now the head of the hammer does all of the work, not you. Your hand is at the other end of the shaft, and you can really put serious force into your swing. And nails go in faster, pictures are hung quicker.