Hammer a basic tool used at Home
A hammer is an easy-to-carry tool made to manually push nails, screws, and other fasteners in hard materials, like drywall or wood. Often, a hammer has both a hammer head and a handle or grip. The end of the head can have either a claw hammer (also called a pin hammer) or a palm grip for driving in nails or other fasteners.
Most hammers have a v-shaped notch at the end of its head, giving it the name “v-shaped” or “swing hammer.” The v-shaped notch is the part of the handle that swings out and away from your wrist, or arm, to use the hammer. When the hammer head is not being used, it can be cocked back and your wrist and arm are positioned further forward, further from the hammer, which makes the hammer less likely to hit or harm you.
Framing hammers are a little different. They are generally much heavier than a typical hammer, because they are intended for use with lumber instead of nails. Framing hammers are designed to do a variety of long-range and close-range work, including pounding large nails and securing drywall and painted wooden surfaces. Framing hammers are available in three general styles: straight, V-groove, and cross-cut. These designs offer a little more versatility, but generally the same features are available. The major difference between these types of hammers is the size of the handles, which must all fit securely in the socket and the hammer head’s mouth; a small-sized handle may slip out of the socket during use.
One of the most important features of a hammer is its holding power, which refers to the amount of force it can exert while it is in use. Longer nails generally need more holding power than shorter nails. If you plan to use a hammer for lengthy periods of time (such as when sawing drywall or installing heavy-duty cabinets) you will want one that provides greater holding power.
When using a hammer for woodworking, eye protection should be worn every time you hammer. Small nails can easily graze into your eye if you are not careful. It is especially important to wear eye protection if you are hammering drywall or laminate flooring, since these materials can be very hard on the eyes and ears. You can minimize damage to your eyes by avoiding chipping the wood, which can happen if the wood nail is pulled too far back. You can also protect your ears by wearing earplugs or ear muffs.
While you are hammering, pay attention to how the handle feels in your hand. A poorly crafted handle can cause inadvertent injury or even damage to your hand. You should also pay close attention to the action of the tool as you swing it around. Make sure that the action does not jerk you around or make you feel off balance. By paying attention to your own handling and the way the hammer feels in your hands, you will ensure excellent hammer head performance and safe home use.