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« on: August 10, 2017, 12:58:10 PM »

  These two go well together. Great for restructuring timber openings around velux windows. Great to have handy if the customer says that the window is opening too low,etc, The nails holding the trimmers can be pulled out quickly and the height adjusted to the desired level. Normally one would have to smash or break out the trimmers but this nail puller with the adjustable head on the hammer can pull from all angles. It was a guy in pin striped suit, In Alan G Smith,s tool shop that convinced me to buy this nail puller.It still works perfect some 30 years later. The hammer with the adjustable head looks off balance but what ever way they worked it, it had a lovely feel to it and became my favourite.

, All in a row, the good, the bad and the ugly. On the far right, is my latest purchase from a Lo Lo shop. It is a Marksman 18oz and seems to be quite good. I have only driven about 5 nails with it so I am not used to it yet but I have pulled 100s and the steel in the claw is excellent,,sharp and tough so if any of you out there are looking for a decent hammer at the right money, these can be bought for 5 euros Shocked. The next one to left, yellow/black is an aldi hammer and is one of the worst things I have ever bought from Aldi. It is an evil thing, The handle rubber degrades and when you are using the heel of your hand to whip out a nail, that lump of steel shoots out and leaves you in serious pain for a few days. The steel is soft and the nail pulling claw chipped off like plastic on the first few nails. The balance is nasty and I will need to get rid of it and get used to the new one which is pretty good. The new one has a carbon fiber handle and an excellent grip. I wore goggles and bashed it off the concrete outside a few times. I used it with a very heavy bolster and the head seems good and not liable to shatter. So I am quite happy with it, unlike the Aldi one which is very unlike Aldi at 10 euro. The next one is my old adjustable which is damaged and no longer in action, An Arm on the swivel broke, I have tried a few time to get another one like it but people never heard of such a thing. It cost a fiver in Seal, near Sevenoaks in 91. The last one to the left is a "Market Bargain" , My old man bough half a dozen for a fiver in 1970, I got two of him and then the news came out on the telly about these cheap Chinese hammers that flew to bits and got people in the eyes, The pic on the telly was exactly like mine but some how mine seemed to weather all kinds of abuse.It is not too bad,every few years i put a coat of adhesive on the steel and push the rubber back onto it but It is dodgy.,
  Wasting my time stacking timber on a pallet but at least I can lift the lot and place it on top of the stuff already stored away.


She is directing my gaze towards the wooden block that she just chucked on the floor. If I say no, She will dash off and find another and come back and chuck that on the floor until i give it the Ok, then she treats it like a juicy bone. The block of wood guarantees that we can get past the apple trees, on the way to lunch. She just cannot leave the block behind until I take it off her at the door. No doubt she will figure out some way to lift a block of wood and an apple at the same time. She is one quirky dog. Diesel thinks she is very posh indeed. It does not stop him winding her up all the same.
It is threatening rain and our W/T is filling the clock, Peppered mackerel for lunch, Even the hounds love peppered mackerel.I don,t bother with the news. Maybe if I ignore these odd hair dictators, they will put their squibs away and consider the rest of humanity for a change.,3,000 miles, a flying crow to the shores of Americae, twice as far again to Korea and Kim but it is not far enough.
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2017, 01:55:35 PM »

Ah yes, old friends! I like my hammers and have owned and used most of them for more than 35 years. The best, most usable, well-balanced is the 'Estwing' 20 oz claw hammer. A pleasure to use, it has done nearly all the timber-work jobs that I have needed it for. Expensive when I bought it in 1981, but worth every penny. The two 7lb (?) sledges need re-handling as they are loose and potentially dangerous. Never tried it, advice welcome!
My hammers this afternoon:  Grin Grin

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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2017, 05:04:22 PM »

Phwooaaarrh, hammer porn just what a pervy plumber like to see Cool

I must admit I still find the balance of a good ball-pein better than a good claw 30 odd years after morphing from an engineer to a builder. If I have to give something a right good bashing I still get my trusty old 2lb ball-pein out, ooeer mrs facepalm

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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2017, 12:04:37 AM »

16-8-4 oz ball-pein, 4-oz cross-pein, 4-oz Tack, Nylon/copper-head soft, Copper/hide dead-blow, Pixie-hammer for breaking toffee, 20 oz Estwing thing-o'beauty claw job, oh - Matron!
Seriously though, my 7lb-ers need re-affixing to their shafts.
Tell me how and why, I've never fitted a hammer to it's shaft.
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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2017, 09:53:59 AM »

I'm sure that someone on U-tube will help you N2.
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2017, 12:22:27 PM »

Hi N2,
    I did the 4lb lump hammer, the 2 lb lump hammer. The 7lb a few times. They went fine but years ago i put shafts in claw hammers and they did not seem to last long. I knocked out the old bit in the head and measured and shaped off that with a Stanley knife. The shaft was bone dry and I heated the heads in the oven for 5 mins.
 I put a shaft in an axe head using the old piece as a rough guide and cutting the two little nicks that hold the little metal tighteners in thehead , the metal spades that you drive down into the head, in glue.
I put the wrong shaft in a 2lb lump hammer and it was a nasty to use afterwards, The shock would travel up my arm. The shaft was too thick.
 If we could ensure all year round moisture control and keep our hammers dry and snug, I doubt if they would ever need attention but I leave mine out in all weathers, the wood swells around the head and then in the summer the sun dries out the wood and that is the beginning of the end.
Stann is right, Udube will have some clever clog with a brilliant idea Grin that makes it look easy.
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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2017, 11:36:07 AM »

Never managed to fix a claw hammer myself. 4 pounders, no problem, I think it's the need for a solid strong fit on a claw that makes it easier to buy a new claw hammer.
Keep bringing on the hammer porn.
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