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Does Hammer Strength Matter?

Aug 17, 2007
To the casual person who keeps a hammer around the house to hang pictures and perform other light duty, there may be some thought that in general, the strength of a hammer is not a big deal, as long as it gets the job done. The fact is hammer strength does matter a great deal in different situations. In fact, you may find that it is a good idea to keep several hammers around the house, so you can be sure to have one that will be the right fit for various types of jobs. Here are some examples of when the strength and durability of the hammer will come into play.

A quick trip to the hardware store will help even the most casual of observers understand there are different hammers for different tasks. Some hammers weigh more than others; still others have longer handles than some other hammers on the market. You find handles made of steel, wood, or fiberglass. Some of the handles have rubber grips. There are several types of hammers that have a particular type of striking head, and are meant to be used with different types of projects. Each of these hammers is meant to handle a different type of job.

Some hammers are meant for light household duty. This would include simple projects like hanging a picture, tacking down molding or building a small shelf out of some boards. There is not a need for a lot of power to go behind the swings for these types of hammers. As such, the strength of these hammers can be less than other types of hammers.

From there, you have hammers that are meant for the production of more complex building projects, such as creating built in cabinetry or framing a house. These types of hammers will require a higher level of hammer strength, as they have to work with nails that are much longer and will provide the support needed to handle the bulkier and heavier building materials. Drywall hammers are one excellent example of this type of specialized tool; the heads are imbedded with a design that is meant to keep the tool from slipping off the head of the nail upon contact, making for a direct and powerful swing.

A good thing to keep in mind about hammer strength is that the more involved the project and the heavier the materials, the more important the strength of the hammer will become, if you want to have the power behind the swing and do the job right the first time.
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