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Here, I'm holding the spike with a hemostat to keep it from rotating or bending as I tap it in the hole:
It's not unusual for me to bend one and have to start with a new one! They're cheap, so it's just part of the game.
As I get close to tapping it all the way in, I find it helpful to slip my thinnest steel rule under the spike so that I won't curl the end over as I tap:
This way, I protect the fingerboard from any stray hammer blows as well.
I make sure the spike is no higher than the frets, so it won't interfere with fretting the fifth string:
Believe it or not, you can fret the string on the seventh fret even if there's a spike there, because you still can hold it down against the fret. It does feel a little funny, though.
That's the job, except to mention that some players like to slip the under the spike from the "outside," and some from the "inside" so it's a matter of personal choice which way the spike faces.
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