Hammers, we all have two or three lying around in our toolbox. Only, if you observe this tool well, you will notice that there are glaring and obvious differences between each model. With this article, this striking accessory will no longer hold any secrets for you.
The carpenter’s hammer
It is the carpenter’s hammer that is most commonly encountered among individuals and among amateur handymen.
Intended primarily for hammering nails, this model is very easy to recognize thanks to its flat and massive steel head, as well as its rectangle-shaped top. Its handle is generally made of hardwood, including ash. These species are mainly chosen for their robustness and their ability to absorb shocks. This percussion tool is also widely used by cabinetmakers and upholsterers.
How many times have you tried to pull out a nail with your hammer? This tool that you have held in your hand many times and that you no doubt handle with great skill is none other than the carpenter’s model. Commonly called the American hammer, this instrument is distinguished by its split claw. Otherwise, cylindrical, its table is sometimes flat or curved.
The curved model is most suitable for firmly and deeply driven nails, while the flat one is used for both removing and replanting points. This is why this hammer is one of the favorite tools of wine merchants, because it allows the expeditious opening and closing of wine cases. Their great feature is their slightly cleared handle to allow maximum leverage.
Mason’s and tiler’s hammers
If for you the tools of a mason are only trowels, trowel and chisel, think again, this craftsman also has his own hammer. Otherwise, with what would this professional demolish the paving or the facades to be redone? Also equipped with a wooden handle, the particularity of the bush hammer is that it is possible to interchange its heads.
However, it is not the only striking tool used by masons. Indeed, when building or renovating brick walls, these professionals also need a small hammer with a square table, to precisely position the bricks. And the tiler also uses this type of tool to properly position the tiles. Identical to a barrel, the head of this instrument is made of rubber.
The mechanic’s and electrician’s hammer
But the hammer is also a must for both professional and amateur mechanics. Just like pliers and wrenches, they just can’t be skipped. With a steel table with a minimum dimension of 30 to 35 millimeters, this hammer is also heavy like that of the carpenter.
This is not at all the case of the model encountered among electricians. Indeed, weighing only a few hundred grams, this hammer is only suitable for light strikes and percussion such as fixing fasteners and electrical conduits for example. Its slim shape, however, facilitates access to narrow and cramped areas.
The glazier’s and roofer’s hammer
Finally, did you know that the glazier also uses this percussion accessory a lot? This tool mainly comes into play when this professional has to remove old sealants, when a glass replacement is necessary. And once is not custom, it is the beveled handle which is requested for the unmasking. Its rounded strike is used to lay the spikes that hold the new tiles in place.
Otherwise, the roofer and the slate worker cannot do without this tool either. Moreover, this hammer is here essentially intended to fix, or even to cut clearly the shingles of the roofs. Hence its hatchet-like breakdown. Here is an instrument that is not versatile at all, since the latter is only useful to its craftsmen.