What can a hammer be used for?
When is the last time you saw a carpenter whack a nail with a hammer? Air nailers have subjugated the humble hammer because they’re just so darn fast. But that doesn’t mean carpenters don’t use hammers anymore. They’re still the tool of choice for an incredible number of tasks, including driving the occasional nail. The vast majority of carpenters prefer hammers with a straight “rip” claw over “claw” hammers, which have curved claws. That’s because they use the claw end just as much if not more than the pounding end. Here are some great tips for using a hammer for all sorts of jobs (except pounding in a nail).
Need a 2×2 when all you have are 2x4s? Need to carve out a crude dado? Grab your rip hammer and get to chopping. They also work great at hacking off a projecting piece of framing for the drywall to fit flat.
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