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Old 04-11-2011, 10:01 AM   #1
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Sledge hammer with fiberglass handle... How indestructible are they?


Hi all:

I bought a 10lb sledge hammer with fiberglass handle. I have seen these hammer being used on home renovation shows and they seem pretty indestructible.

I was using the sledge hammer and attempt to demolish a huge piece of concrete the other day. I was doing it very close beside a fence and my aims are a bit off because I constantly worry about hitting the fence. Anyway, I overshot my target a couple of times, meaning more than one time, the hammer did not hit the concrete directly and the handle did instead. At the end, I left quite a few scars on the handle (about 3, maybe 1/8 inch deep, 2~3 inches away from the hammer)

So, here is my question: I still have a long way to go in my demolition project. The handle seems to still be in pretty good shape and doesn't seem to have any crack. Should I be worried about the hammer or can I keep using it? Would the hammer fail? If it would fail, would there be any early sign I should look out for?

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Old 04-11-2011, 11:27 AM   #2
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Hi all:

I bought a 10lb sledge hammer with fiberglass handle. I have seen these hammer being used on home renovation shows and they seem pretty indestructible.

I was using the sledge hammer and attempt to demolish a huge piece of concrete the other day. I was doing it very close beside a fence and my aims are a bit off because I constantly worry about hitting the fence. Anyway, I overshot my target a couple of times, meaning more than one time, the hammer did not hit the concrete directly and the handle did instead. At the end, I left quite a few scars on the handle (about 3, maybe 1/8 inch deep, 2~3 inches away from the hammer)

So, here is my question: I still have a long way to go in my demolition project. The handle seems to still be in pretty good shape and doesn't seem to have any crack. Should I be worried about the hammer or can I keep using it? Would the hammer fail? If it would fail, would there be any early sign I should look out for?

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I think you will be fine, just keep using it, that type of handle can take a lot of punishment, it won't just break like wood.

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Old 04-11-2011, 02:07 PM   #3
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I agree with the above. If you wanted to protect the handle then you could wrap several layers of self-vulcanizing rubber tape (electrical rubber tape) for about six inches under the head. Don't use plastic tape, the rubber tape is what was once used under the cloth "friction" tape for electrical work and is still used for large bolted connections.
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Fiberglass handles will start to look like a frayed rope when they begin to fail. But I wouldn't worry- you would need to miss that concrete all day hitting it with the handle to even begin to have a problem with it.
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