Stanley Tool Tips.....Hammer Safety Tips

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Hammer Selection:


For common and finishing nail sets. Not for masonry nails, cold chisels and other metals.


For cold chisels, punches, rivets and shaping metal.


For setting splitting bricks, tiles, concrete block. Also for chipping mortar.


For pikes, stakes, cold chisels, hardened nails, etc.

Hammer Safety Tips

  • Strike squarely with the hammer striking face parallel with thr surface being struck. Always avoid glancing blows and over and under strikes.
  • When striking another tool (chisel, punch, wedge, etc.), the striking face of the proper hammer should have a diameter approxiamtely 3/8" larger than the struck face of the tool.
  • Always use a hammer of suitable size and weight for the job. Don't use a tack hammer to drive a spike, nor a sledge to drive a tack.
  • Never use a hammer to strike anorther hammer or a hatchet.
  • Never use a striking or struck tool with a loose or damaged handle.
  • Discard any striking or struck tool if tool shows dents, cracks, chips, mushrooming, or excessive wear.
  • Never regrind, weld or reheat-treat a hammer.

Taken from Stanley Tips area of Rapidonline website.

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