Welcome to the first post of my new series, Toolbox Tuesday. During this series we will go through each tool in my builder hubby’s toolbox to give you a reasonable understanding of what tool is what and how it is used. This week we will start with the humble hammer.
Hammers come in many different shapes and sizes, the shape and size is dependent on the job for which it is used. A carpenters hammer is used for many different purposes, and is usually made of steel. Shaped like a big T, it combines a heavy rounded end with a flat surface, for using as a ‘hammering’ motion and a claw end for taking out old nails etc. These hammers are made for use on wood, but are not limited to this material. This hammer is not suitable for heavy use on metal surfaces.
Hammers are one of the most used tools in many different trades. There are many sizes available, even in the claw hammer variety, bigger heads with a non-slip checked surface are used as framing hammers for carpenters. The extra weight decreases the amount of blows needed to hammer the nails into the framing.
Nail guns are now growing in popularity, however these are not likely to totally replace hammers, as there are times when their power in not warranted.
Plasters use a lighter hammer with a bigger flatter head, to minimise the damage to the plasterboard. Tack hammers, are finishing hammers, used for smaller, finer jobs, like hammering in picture hooks. Upholstery hammers, are similar to tack hammers, small and lightweight, for use on furniture making. Most trades have a specialised hammer, to assist in their work.
Have you used a hammer? Do you have one in your tool kit at home?
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