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Old 01-21-2012, 12:53 AM   #31
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And with a Estwing you wouldn't need to haul around a block of wax that will melt in the heat, or mangle you hammer handle to hang on to, or have to carry two or three extra tools the Estwing will do. A person who will damage himself because the handle of a hammer is steel instead of wood will do just as much damage as they will with any hammer.

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FWIW I have 2 estwigs; a waffle head 22 oz framer and a 3lb engineers hammer! Both have fiberglass handles! Both were purchased on clearance! Both have been fine for homeowner use!
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FWIW I have 2 estwigs; a waffle head 22 oz framer and a 3lb engineers hammer! Both have fiberglass handles! Both were purchased on clearance! Both have been fine for homeowner use!
What the heck is a 3lb engineers hammer?! Sounds painful!
Really, what's it used for?
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What the heck is a 3lb engineers hammer?! Sounds painful!
Really, what's it used for?
It's a mini sledgehammer! Also called a maul!
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It's a mini sledgehammer! Also called a maul!
Oh! A single-jack. I just didn't know it was called an engineers hammer.
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Oh! A single-jack. I just didn't know it was called an engineers hammer.
Learn something new every day (just when I thought I knew it all!).
Never heard single jack! So I'm learning too! I like it to drive 12 inch spikes into 3x5 timbers for borders! Of course I countersink w/ a 3/4 inch forsener bit and predrill the timber w/ a 3/8 bit!
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Never heard single jack! So I'm learning too! I like it to drive 12 inch spikes into 3x5 timbers for borders! Of course I countersink w/ a 3/4 inch forsener bit and predrill the timber w/ a 3/8 bit!
And a double-jack (2 hands) is anything over 8lbs, so you can sink those spikes like a 16d into butter!
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What the heck is a 3lb engineers hammer?
aka: Lump hammer or club hammer
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I have been framing for 28 years and use an Estwing every day. Of course anymore it doesn't see heavy action due to the use of nail guns. I have had zero problems with wrist or elbow.

Number one tip for using a hammer:
Be sure to hit the right nail!
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I have been framing for 28 years and use an Estwing every day. Of course anymore it doesn't see heavy action due to the use of nail guns. I have had zero problems with wrist or elbow.

Number one tip for using a hammer:
Be sure to hit the right nail!
I hand banged houses together for around 3 years before we got a gun setup.

I used Estwings for 2 of those years.
A few of the afflictions I dealt with...

Waking up in the morning, having to literally pry my fingers open on my hammer hand because they were locked in hammer grip position.

Couldn't lift my left arm above my chest because of shoulder pain

Stingers in my forearm as well as cramping.

I switched to a Vaughan 24 oz fiberglass and withing a few months had none of the above issues.

Of coarse, having done the math, we were banging roughly 50,000 nails in the average house at about 3-4 weeks per house with 3 guys.
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Would a rubber hammer be easier to use?
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thats a joke right?

i hear you on the shoulder, elbow, wrist and forearm pain thing lone.. when i went out framing large custom houses that were almost entirely built from engineeered lumber i had the same problem using my 22 oz estwing, i switched back to my japanse nailing hammer to stop the pain just before i bought my stilletto.

we were framing those houses in the winter which meant driving pairs of hand spike every 16" to draw the super hard frozen engineered lumber together then after everying was assembled, then the guns would get used fo finish off laminating.. the guns dont draw together lumber, and they sure as hell couldnt sink the nails in the engineered stuff
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I have a Hitachi NR90AC3 for framing, Hitachi 15 and 18 gauge finish nailers, a Grex 23 gauge pinner, a Porta Nailer 18 gauge stapler and a Bostitch palm nailer.

Don't use a hammer much these days except for demo work, and the Estwing works great for that.

What do you guys suggest for a good basic hammer for an old guy like me? Keep in mind I'm just a DIY home owner.
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I have a Hitachi NR90AC3 for framing, Hitachi 15 and 18 gauge finish nailers, a Grex 23 gauge pinner, a Porta Nailer 18 gauge stapler and a Bostitch palm nailer.

Don't use a hammer much these days except for demo work, and the Estwing works great for that.

What do you guys suggest for a good basic hammer for an old guy like me? Keep in mind I'm just a DIY home owner.
I like my 16oz plumb(brand) fiberglass handle!
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I hand banged houses together for around 3 years before we got a gun setup.

I used Estwings for 2 of those years.
A few of the afflictions I dealt with...

Waking up in the morning, having to literally pry my fingers open on my hammer hand because they were locked in hammer grip position.

Couldn't lift my left arm above my chest because of shoulder pain

Stingers in my forearm as well as cramping.

I switched to a Vaughan 24 oz fiberglass and withing a few months had none of the above issues.

Of coarse, having done the math, we were banging roughly 50,000 nails in the average house at about 3-4 weeks per house with 3 guys.
That's something I never figured out: How many 16 green vinyls in a keg?
The last monster (12,000 sg ft) I built took a couple of those and at least 3 boxes of strip nails.
Between those and all the 8's and deck screws we probably had over 300 lbs in fasteners.

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