As I’m writing this, someone is doing some renovations nearby.
Their hammering on nails is inconvenient and makes a lot of noise, disrupting my peace. But I don’t blame them. It’s not like hammering quietly is possible… or is it?
Why Hammering Quietly Matters
So you need to do some hammering, maybe you want to fix something in your house or do some renovations. However, you don’t want to cause a commotion to your neighbors, especially at night.
But since nighttime is when most of us actually have the time to do our D.I.Y. projects, hammering quietly is the solution here.
While you can’t be completely silent, there are ways to reduce the noise you make when hammering nails.
Here is how you can reduce the amount of impact when hammering on a nail to make it quieter. Of course, for full effectiveness, you will want to do a combination of these.
Different Methods on How to Hammer Quietly
These tools are handy and can help make your hammering quieter. I recommend you combine at least two of these, but for optimal silence, you can make use of all of them.
1. Soft Faced Hammer
Switching to a soft face hammer would definitely help soften the impact noise on nails. A soft face hammer will reduce the force transmitted to a nail, therefore making them softer and transmit lower impact noise.
You can even use a rubber mallet. You just need to make sure the head of the nail is broad enough, as a narrow nail head could break a rubber mallet.
2. Rubber Bench Block
This piece of rubber is usually used by anyone who works with metalworking tools, like metalsmiths, but this will work to reduce the noise and impact on a nail.
You can place this between the hammer and the nail head.
The rubber helps dampen the impact noise of each blow of the hammer on nails. Rubber is good at softening impact vibrations on nails because it’s thick, dense, and elastic.
Another way to absorb the impact on nails is to use old clothes.
While not as effective as the rubber block, it does the job, and each blow on a nail will land a little bit softer. I recommend using something thicker, like denim, rather than just thin cotton.
This uses the same concept as the rubber block. You place it between the hammer and nail.
With these two methods, it is important to note that it also lessens the strength of the impact on the nail, so you’ll have to hit the nail more times than you usually would.
4. Rubber Floor Mat
Putting a rubber floor mat below the bench you are hammering on would help reduce the noise made traveling from the bench to the floor.
Pretty simple hammer technique, right?
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What You Can Do Without Buying Anything
If you don’t have any of the items mentioned above, you could take a look at these other methods as well for your silent hammering.
But even if you were able to apply the previous tips, it would be good to incorporate these to make hammering even quieter.
1. Soft Taps
This may not be one of the more comprehensive techniques, but it’s one simple way to make a difference in the loudness of a hammer on a nail.
If you do more soft taps on the top or bottom of your wall rather than a few big hammers, it will significantly reduce the amount of noise made between the hammer and the nail.
This is because you are using less force by tapping gently.
Less force is equal to less noise when hammering.
If you’re in an open space, like a backyard, the sound of each blow will disperse rather than echo as if you were in a small room. So if you can, try to hammering in an open area.
Better if you do it on grass, so you wouldn’t need rubber mats. Just don’t lose your nails in the grass!
1. Sound Proofing
It is relatively cheap and easy to soundproof a room. All you need are soundproofing mats, foam, and other things to cover your walls. You can easily find these things on Amazon.
You can do this in any room at home like a garage or workshop. Or, if you live in an apartment with thin walls, you could soundproof the entire place.
Once your space is soundproofed, you will have no problem hammering each nail. But depending on how strong your soundproofing is, I would still recommend incorporating the other tips mentioned.
2. Use Screws Instead
If the wood you’re hammering is soft enough, you can easily use screws rather than nails. Screws are tools that don’t require the same force needed for hammering nails.
You don’t even need to drill each piece in. You just need to push the nails into the wood hard enough.
Pretty DIY, right?
I used to do this in my college dorm room when I wanted to decorate the wooden walls near my bed at night. No one heard me make any noise through thin walls.
While it took a little more effort to use screws, it is a lot quieter than using a hammer and nails, even when you use rubber barriers and soft taps.
Just one thing to remember, though:
Pushing a crew piece in can take up some time and depends on how thin or thick your walls is in your home.
If your wall is relatively thick, pushing a screw in with bare force can be difficult.
Time to Nail Quiet Hammering
Now that you know how to quietly hammer, you can do it without disturbing the life of someone else!
Being considerate to others around you is commendable, and by trying to hammer a nail quietly, I would say you’re a little bit of a nicer person.
If you must hammer at night or in a small enclosed area, these techniques can help you make less noise and be a little less of a nuisance to your neighbors or someone living in your house.