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The Zadok Hammer Pad makes pulling out nails safe on wood.

A Safer Way to Pull Out Nails

Ever notice how pulling out nails with a hammer claw leaves marks on the wood? Donald Shenk did, and he decided to do something about it. A skilled craftsman with a commitment to building more efficiently with wood, Shenk saw an opportunity to give the building and DIY world a badly-needed innovation and seized it.

The result was the Zadok Hammer Pad, one of those amazing creations that has the two qualities of a brilliant invention: 1) it is dead simple and, 2) everyone will wonder how they ever lived without it.

The image tells all. The Hammer Pad is little more than a rubber pad that slips over the claw and head of a claw hammer, protecting a wood surface when the claw is used to pull up nails. Each pad retails for just $5.75. Dead simple. Dirt cheap.

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Check That Out!!

02/09/2010 11:39 AM Lukspencer

Hey, this is a great idea, I always us a shim or other piece of material when pulling nails out of boards...this looks like it would work really well. I need to buy one!

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Great Idea

06/23/2010 11:33 AM lbcontractor

As a teacher at a trade school, who specializes in carpentry, this is a great tip that I can show to my students during during certain class periods.

Thanks for the tips!

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