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3 Things You May Not Know About Hammers

Hammers don't come with instruction manuals for one good reason: most everybody knows what they're for and how to use them. Yet even those who consider themselves tool experts are often surprised to learn about the true diversity of hammers. If you are curious to learn more about this humble tool, read on. This article will present three interesting--and useful--facts about hammers.

Heavy isn't always better.

When choosing a hammer, people often assume that the heftiest hammer is the best choice. In one regard this is true: more weight translates to more hammering force, thus making it easier to, say, drive a nail into place. But that added weight will also lead to arm fatigue much more quickly, especially if you use your hammer for long periods of time.

It's important to realize that the speed at which a hammer head strikes its target has just as much to do with the ultimate impact force as the hammer's weight. Thus many newer hammers are constructed using lighter metals like titanium. This shaves ounces off of the overall weight, making it easier to swing the hammer fast, and reducing the toll it takes on your arm.

Match the hammer to the task.

The average home-owner is familiar with one main type of hammer--the claw hammer--whose purpose is to install and remove nails. But hammer diversity doesn't stop there. In fact, there are a multitude of different hammer types, each of them suitable for its own specific task. These include ball peen hammers frequently used by metal workers; framing hammers used by carpenters in building homes; and brick hammers, used in bricklaying to make precision splits.

The electrician's hammer is perhaps the most specialized of all hammers. These are designed with extra-long heads, thus allowing them to drive nails in electrical boxes and other tight spaces. Likewise, the claw is much straighter than that of regular claw hammers. This alters the hammer's center of gravity, making it easier to deliver precision blows.

You should only hit things with the striking face.

The striking face of almost every hammer is constructed from steel, which is one of the hardest of all metals. The rest of your hammer, however, may not be made of such hard stuff. And even if it is, the striking face is specially engineered to deflect and absorb the force of your blows.

Hitting things with any other part of the hammer is a risky and dangerous business. There is no guarantee that the hammer will be able to properly absorb the blow. As a result, you may find yourself with a broken hammer on your hands--or a broken hand under your hammer! Be wise, and always use the hammer the way it is meant to be used. 

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