Installing metal shelf standards used to be rough on my fingers and my patience.

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Installing metal shelf standards used to be rough on my fingers and my patience. The small nails were too short to safely hold with my fingers, and needle-nose pliers were awkward at best. So I came up with an easy and inexpensive gripper stick to solve the problem.

First, I tapered one end of a 18 " X 34 " X 6" strip of scrapwood. Then, I sawed a notch slightly narrower than the diameter of the nails in the tapered end. To use the stick, I dump a few nails out on my work surface and push the notch over the shank of a nail. Then, I position it in the standard and safely hammer it home. With careful hammering, and a little luck, I can make one stick last about 100 nails, but I usually make several at once, just in case!
—Jerry Vance, Lubbock, Texas