Every Tuesday I am going to feature a tool. We will start out with the basics (hammer, pliers, screwdriver), and then go on to power tools. My goal for these tutes is to give you just a little more knowledge about tools, to make them less intimidating. Even you seasoned pros might learn something new! Or, more likely, you might have some knowledge to share.
Is there a tool out there you want to learn more about? Something that you just don’t get? Please leave comments below!
We are starting out with the most basic tool out there, besides nails. Today, we are gonna tackle the hammer!
The hammer seems like a straightforward tool, but I bet most of us use it wrong! First of all, do you know what size your hammer is? What kind is it?
If you are like me, you just reach into the tool box for the first poundy-type thing (I am NOT just talking to the ladies here!). I have used the butt end of a screwdriver (to nail the back of a bookcase kit), bricks, rocks, anything I could find. NOT the most efficient use of my time, NOT ergonomic, and NOT pink!
Let me introduce you to one of my three hammers:
This is my 8 oz finishing hammer. Great for hanging up pictures. 8 oz is a bit light for most folks (13 oz is a standard all purpose size), but for those with small builds or with weak hands/arms, this is a great tool.
Isn’t she lovely?
Go ahead, shake hands.
You want to hold a hammer down at the base. The hammer works by being heavy at the head. When you lift up, and then swing back down, the weight of the hammer lets you pound in the nail. You can see that this hammer is a wee bit small for my (size medium) hands. My 4-year-old LOVES it though! Just right for his hands.
So, when you choke up on the handle (because the hammer is too heavy), you are creating more work for yourself and minimizing the effectiveness of the hammer.
Some features of the hammer: This is a claw hammer. It has a “claw” on the back of the hammer’s head handy for removing nails.
This hammer also happens to have a magnetic nail set. You pop the nail in toward the back of the groove, and the hammer holds it while you start to pound the nail into the wood. No need to bust your fingers!