Hammers and There Many Designs and Uses

Hammers are one of the most used and versatile tools in your tool box. From the obvious of driving nails, it can be used for demolition, prying, holding boards, pulling nails and of course a back scratcher. O.k. so the last was a bit of a stretch but it is a tool that has many uses. It may seem like a simple thing but the choices of hammers and ways to use them are multiple and many.

Hammers started out years ago one way, made from an iron forged head, and a wooden handle made from ash or hickory handles. Although this design concept is still a favorite and very good to use, now the choices are vast. Because wooden handles break easily if used wrong or as time takes there toll, the steel shank and rubber grip was introduced. The shock that is transferred from these types was far greater a force than its wooden counterpart. Now with modern manufacturing methods and composite materials, newer and better hammer were introduced. Fiberglass handles became common in the construction field. As any new design is introduced, its flaws became evident. Fiberglass handles may reduce the shock and are nearly as strong as their steel brothers, fiberglass fractures with its grain and caused some nasty splinters. This design is still the most common but it has changed with newer and better method of manufacturing. Vinyl and rubber cores have become the new breed of hammer. Shock is reduced and the fiberglass is strengthened with graphite and polycarbonate. Many also feature head to handle connections which reduce the shock even further. No more sore elbows and wrists, just sore fingers if you miss the nail.

There are many types of hammers for multiple tasks and their size and weight vary with each design. One of the most common is the curved claw hammers. It is the typical household hammer. At around 16 oz. it is perfect for at home emergencies, like when a picture needs to be hung or simple hammering of a few quick nails needs to be done. Its curved claw allows easy prying under boards and loosing nails.

The straight claw hammer is the carpenters hammer. It’s most common weight is 20 oz. but can be found up to a 28 oz. head. Its straight claw allows for prying boards apart and sinking into wood for holding capabilities. It is found on framing crews around the world.

The ball peen hammer is the metalworker’s best friend. Its round end is the perfect tool for bending sheet metal and flat striking end smashes rivets perfectly. It is also used by many mechanics that might need the occasional tap to loosen parts stuck with grease and grime.

The brick hammer is used by brick, rock and block masons alike. With its blunt chisel like end, it is used to trim rock, bricks and block with a quick strike. It can be used to smash on the striking end when brute force is necessary.

The tack hammer is a small narrow headed hammer used by metal lathers and carpet layers. Its magnetic end hold small nails while the user holds the lathe up by hand or carpet tack strips in place. Its best feature is the magnet on the end and can basically be used for any small nail when you’ve only got two hands but need three.

Last but not least is the sledge hammer. Its powerful force is a favorite among many. Its main use is for driving stakes and demolition. It has a certain “persuasion” power that most construction workers can deny. It comes in 2 pound and up sizes. There are also a variety of sizes and designs attributed to its many uses.

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