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How many kinds of hammers are there? Actually, there are about l5,
including claw, sledge, bricklayer's, peen, chipping, tack, and soft faced.
Maybe you can think of others. The following suggestions can help to keep you
from injuring yourself or ruining the tool, no matter what kind of hammer you
1. USE THE RIGHT TYPE AND SIZE HAMMER FOR THE JOB. Use a carpenter's
hammer, for example, for driving or pulling nails. Not for striking star drills
or cold chisels. Don't use a lightweight hammer for a heavy job. You'll work
harder and increase the chances of hurting yourself or damaging the tool.
2. STRIKE THE SURFACE SQUARELY,
always using the head of the hammer and never the side. A glancing blow
increases your chances of striking a finger or chipping the hammer head. Don't
strike one hammer with another. Hammerheads are made of hardened steel, and
pieces may chip off and fly.
3. CONTROL THE HAMMER
by holding it toward the end of the handle. Beginners have a tendency to choke
up on the handle, reducing the force of the blow and making it difficult to hit
the target squarely.
4. WEAR SAFETY GLASSES
to protect your eyes against flying chips when striking objects such as chisels,
punches, and drills.
5. BE SURE THE TARGET
IS STATIONARY AND FIRM. When driving stakes or hitting a large cold chisel, be
sure the person holding the work uses tongs. This will protect him from being
hit a glancing blow.
6. KEEP HAMMERS CLEAN
AND IN GOOD CONDITION. You can get into trouble by using a hammer with a loose
or worn head, or one that has a cracked or broken handle.
In baseball it's three strikes and you're out. But it takes only one strike when you're using a worn hammer, the wrong hammer ľor even when you're using the right hammer incorrectly.
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