In most situations a sharp nail tip is required but when driving larger nails (8d and higher) into 2×4′s or other wood panels, the force and size of nail can cause the board to split.
Quick solution is to turn the nail upside down, place the head on a hard surface and give the tip of the nail a quick but firm tap to “dull” it. Then turn the nail around and drive it just as you would normally except this time you’ll notice the board won’t split. Good luck!
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Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.