Among the many kinds of tools that exist, a hammer is one of the basic tools that everyone must have. The hammer should also complete the list of building tools and carpenter tools.
With just a hammer, there will be a lot of our work that can be done more easily. In other words, a hammer is a multifunctional and efficient work tool so that it can be said to be quite practical. The jobs referred to here are as follows:
- Pulling nails
- Destroy certain objects
- Forging iron or metal to make it flat
With the various benefits offered above, of course we also have to know the various types of hammers that are circulating in order to be able to adjust to what we are going to do or do.
This is because each type of hammer that exists must have its own function and purpose. Therefore, before going any further, it helps us to identify some examples of what hammers are commonly circulated in the community:
- round hammer
- claw hammer
- rubber hammer
- hammer nail
- copper hammer
- Double face hammer
- metal hammer
- electric hammer
Of course, some of the examples of hammers that have been mentioned do not cover all the types that are available and circulating, but by knowing them, we will be able to choose which type will be suitable to make the work easier and smoother.
The next stage is, knowing whether or not how we use the hammer because, this will affect how fast the performance is generated.
The following below are some tips that can be a guide or reference for users in using a hammer:
1. Make Sure to Use the Right Type of Hammer
As discussed above, the accuracy of the hammer type will affect performance or how quickly and accurately a job is completed. There is one type of hammer that is very common in a house, namely the claw hammer.
This type can be said to be quite multifunctional and versatile. In other words, this claw hammer can be used in several different conditions or needs, of course not in all conditions.
Therefore, we still need other types of hammers. However, if your position here is as a lay user who is not used to dealing with tools, you should stay away from special types of hammers such as framing hammers which are commonly used by carpenters or wood craftsmen.
2. Use Protection
The means of protection referred to here cover a broad sense and are not limited to one particular part. Although what we are discussing this time is hammering, which means working hands, we also have to protect other body parts such as the eyes.
This of course does not mean we ignore the protection on the arm. Many do not realize that the eye is just as important to protect.
When performing activities that involve an object (such as wood, concrete, etc.) as well as a hammer, fine powder or other fragments can be sure to fly and be thrown in various directions, this is what makes eye protection equipment very important. In addition, the tool in question can be said to be quite cheap.
3. The Condition of the Hammer
The next thing that is no less important is checking the condition of the hammer to be used, in terms of whether the hammer head is still firmly attached to the handle. In this way, the rate of miss hitting an object on an object will be low.
4. Hold the Object Correctly
It is also important how you hold objects (for example nails). A common mistake is holding the nail at the bottom.
Even though this increases the possibility of our hands getting injured because they are hit by wood chips or hit by nails that have started to enter/miss.
The most correct way to hold an object or nail is at the top. This will make room for the fingers and reduce the chance of an accident.
5. Swing the Hammer
The way we swing the hammer is one of the determining factors. This does sound trivial and very clear, however, there is a very clear difference if we look at beginners and people who are used to doing this, for example, as when we see a professional handyman doing it.
For some people, especially for beginners, swinging a hammer correctly and precisely is not an easy thing, but not too difficult either. You can hold the nail perpendicular to the underside of your head, swing the hammer through the center, then lift it at your elbows.
Repeat until the nail reaches the desired depth. Also pay attention to the force that is issued when swinging the hammer, because it will also affect the result of the blow.
A hammer is a multifunctional hand tool and a must-have in every home. With the functions it has, this tool will be efficient and useful if it is balanced with the right technique or way of using it.
The steps above are intended to serve as a guide so that each of us is able to use a hammer properly so that every job that is available will be easier.
So, use the right method and leave the wrong one, so that hammer hammering activities will be more efficient.