Use a magnet to hold a nail in place and save your thumbs #Shopping#great-ideas#tools August 24 | Megan Finley meganfinley I'm admittedly a little too scared about smashing my thumb when I'm using a hammer and nails. So I'm a lot excited about the ThumbSaver! It's basically a long magnet that cradles the nail while you go to town on it with a hammer. Of course, if you happen to have a long magnet, that'll do the same trick! But for under $10, I think I might invest in this product and save me from flinching like a jackass every time I hang a photo! What are YOUR hacks for hammering a nail and keeping your precious thumbs unharmed? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Megan Finley is the Associate Publisher and Editorial Overlord. When she's not slaving away for the Empire, she's sharing her dork side on her own blog. @meganfinley @meggyfin PREVIOUS Color blocked, Mondrian-style, Skittles-paletted mid-century home decor NEXT How DO you move out of state? Toggle comments [ 7 ] I use clothespins for the same purpose. (Plus a variety of other uses around the house.) But the magnet thing might be good for smaller nails. Also, I have a set of magnetized screwdrivers for help with screws. IMPORTANT NOTE: NOT for use on computers or other electrical equipment! 5 agree Reply Clothespins were my most recent "BASKETS!" moment. I needed more chip clips and was looking at a pack of 4 for $2.99 when my brain said, "NO! Clothespins!" And I found a pack of 50 (FIFTY!) for $1.29. Dead useful for everything! And they are fun for crafting with. We made reindeer in kindergarten out of 3 clothespins, felt, glitter and some googly eyes. So cute. 1 agrees Reply I know, right!? Clothespins! They are just one of those little things that I tend to find a hundred uses for around the house. 2 agree Reply I haven't tried it, but I saw on Pinterest that you can use a comb to hold the nail in place. I usually just tap the nail really lightly until it holds itself in. Danger-free! 2 agree Reply BASKETS! 1 agrees Reply My dad (a maintenance man who has been hammering things for 30+ years)'s response: "Don't hit your thumb. Or get somebody else to do it." But for wimps like me, this is pretty epic. Reply My dad taught me to hold nails against the wall between my index and middle fingers with my fingernails against the wall and tap gently until they hold. If you miss the nail then the pad of your fingernail absorbs the impact and you won't do yourself any proper damage. My flatmate prefers to use a little plastic gizmo that came in a furniture flatpack many moons ago – it does allow you to use the more precise pinch grip and keep a firmer hold on things. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.