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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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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2017, 12:09:16 PM »

Well, here's one I'd like identified. The more eagle-eyed among you might notice one face is very slightly convex. It weighs 3lbs. It was given to me back in the days of wire wheels by a well-meaning friend who thought it useful for that, but as anyone here will know, for them the copper hammer is the weapon of choice.
Anyhow this does service as a sort of alternative club hammer, except (and an afternoon of hammering in roadpins yesterday reminded me) almost invariably it comes to hand with the convex face ready - so there's many a glancing blow. Even when turned to present the flat face, it can turn again if you relax. Can't be a question of balance, surely - more the Law of Sod.

So, what is its real and specialised purpose?

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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2017, 04:46:59 PM »

Stonemasons?
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« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2017, 04:56:28 PM »

 Yo Chas,
         I will have a guess and say it is a stop hammer for alloy rivets. It is held tight to the head of the rivet which sits inside the head of the hammer, then another hammer is used to flatten the stalk of the rivet. The idea being that the face of the rivet ir present undamaged. An ordinary hammer would damage the heads of the rivets and leave irregular dents but the convex one which is for the job leaves them perfect as well as making the dead shot possible every time. I would guess that it was used in the fabrication of light aeroplanes, where repairs had to be carried out on the move.
  I don,t think it was used for hitting,, I think it was used with another hammer working rivets..
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     or maybe not, it is of incredible value, some one once told me that it was the very first hammer that he ever saw that was thief proof.
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« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2017, 05:41:52 PM »

Does a convex face have a place in stonemasonaryary?

Very tempted Biff, both by the riveting solution and the swap, but why would you want a hammer with an expensively turned handle just to hold over a rivet about to be hit? Surely a lump of metal would do? Wasn't that a 'jumper' in blacksmith terms? Will give the swap careful thought.

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« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2017, 06:10:06 PM »

Is that a farrier's/horse-shoeing hammer? I'm sure I've seen one somewhere before at a country show.
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« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2017, 06:15:15 PM »

Apologies.  I totally misread the question. Never fully got rid of my childhood dyslexia and can often misread headlines.

I thought that it was common for hammers to be slightly convex rather than flat.  Indeed it is, if the purpose of the hammer is to work metal rather than to hit nails.  Have a look at this http://riograndeblog.com/a-tour-of-fretz-hammers-and-their-uses/ and scroll down to raising hammers.

I searched for concave hammers and found uses in stonemasonary.

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« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2017, 07:32:47 PM »

It was a great guess Chas,
                     Even Donald might have went with that. This googling business destroys a mans dreams or B/Sing Grin.
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« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2017, 11:11:40 PM »

Possibly (skip to 12:04)

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