A Guide to Hammers
Commonsense Hints For Hammering
Hammering is practically instinctive. Nonetheless, observing a few rules will make it safer and easier.
- Always wear eye protection. Any number of things can start flying around when you're wielding a hammer, many of them sharp. And most of them will fly right toward your eyes.
- Strike only on the face or peen of the hammer. Never hit with the side of one.
- For greatest power, grip the handle near the end, placing your thumb along the top of the handle. Take a long swing, using your arm, not just your wrist.
- For more control on delicate jobs, choke up toward the hammerhead, and take a shorter swing. Here you can swing from your wrist.
- Don't use a hammer with a damaged handle, loose head, or chipped face. Beware of old hammers, too. Some may have cast-iron heads, which can shatter. Virtually all hammers manufactured today feature forged, heat-treated heads.
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