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Old 08-07-2010, 04:43 PM   #2041
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The little fellow will never forget the great time with grandpa and how much grandpa loved him.

I used an Estwing the last part of my career as they were the best hammers out there. Back when I started wood working Plumb hammers were the best but they got sloppy. Back then I used a wooden handle and man them things got slick after a lot of use. I don't think I have seen an Estwing like the one you have though.

That is a neat setup on your rain barrels, good thinking. My mom used to catch rain water from the roof to wash with when I was a youngen living back out in the sticks.

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Old 08-07-2010, 06:33 PM   #2042
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This Estwing is the latest design. I think they still have the standard ones. For some reason, this one seems to be particularly easy to use. I like the balance. I should take a few minutes and get rid of the rust. I went and left it outside when I first got it and look what happened!

We are hoping that the kids can get back for a short visit in September, maybe we will fly them over. Once they are on the floatplane, it's only 11 minutes to land here in the bay. I just pick them up in the skiff right where the plane touches down.

The travel time by ferry is more like 5 to 6 hours by the time we get to the island here.
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Jim:

All our water here comes off the roofs. There are two tanks in one up behind the new house, 6,000 imperial gallons. That's around 7,200 U.S. gallons. Plus the 1,500 U.S. gallon tank which is dedicated for fire fighting - let's hope we never need it.

Then there are several barrels here and there, half a dozen I think, which would be another 330 U.S. gallons.

Plus the pond - in which the leak(s) still have not been fixed. Cannot locate my heat welder to fix it. None of the glues I tried had any effect on the vinyl. Once that is fixed it will hold around 3,500 gallons - perhaps a little more. A shame I didn't have the leaks fixed now, this rain would have put quite a bit in there.

I should do an accurate calculation of the volume so I know what it really holds.
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Just had a visit from my good friend Allan and we are talking about building a drill rig to drill some wells on our property.

If any of you have any good experience about either building (my choice as usual) or the actual drilling of a well, I'd be interested in hearing about it. I have been on the web quite a bit and now starting to learn, but there's nothing like someone with first hand experience to chat with.
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I need to go check out the new hammers and see how they feel. By looking at the head it would be hard to miss a nail or a thumb for that matter.
A lady asked me one time did I ever get use to hitting my thumb or finger, I told her nope, I just try not to hit them.

Wow, that is one heck of a lot of difference in time buddy. I bet that would be a ball flying in like that. I did fly in a chopper one time and I can tell you, that ain't happening again. September isn't too far away, except when waiting to see loved one again.
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They would need to drive out to the far side of the airport at Richmond where the float planes arrive and leave from. I guess that is about a 25 minute drive - give or take.

But the actual flight time is only 11 minutes. Rachel has been out by plane before, but Corey hasn't. They would both need to come so that they could each hold a little 'un on their laps.
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I need to go check out the new hammers and see how they feel. By looking at the head it would be hard to miss a nail or a thumb for that matter.
A lady asked me one time did I ever get use to hitting my thumb or finger, I told her nope, I just try not to hit them.

Wow, that is one heck of a lot of difference in time buddy. I bet that would be a ball flying in like that. I did fly in a chopper one time and I can tell you, that ain't happening again. September isn't too far away, except when waiting to see loved one again.
Here's a pic of three Estwings. The two round headed hammers I must have had for 20+ years. The newer style for 3 or 4 years.
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The new version is a straight claw hammer, good for pulling 3" nails, as well as driving them.
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The other two are an old straight claw, and an old curved claw hammer.
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If you want to see the difference in striking area, here it is. I would say the newer version has about a 25 to 30% greater effective area.

I tend not to use the top of the striking area so much, except possibly when I am first pounding the spike in hard. I tend to finish with the last hit aimed at the bottom of the striking area. You don't tend to get hammer marks that way.

That is also the reason you need to make sure that the face of the hammer is ground to a curve. It helps reduce hammer marks.
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During my clean up efforts today, I ran across an interesting sanding disc I didn't know I had.

I would have pressed it into use for the handrail had I known.

It is a 60 grit device, which would make it extremely aggressive. One would need to be very careful with it in use, as I am certain it would chew up a soft wood like cedar in nothing flat.
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That is interesting buddy, I can see you use the new hammer more than the other two and the curved claw is used least. I always used the curved claw the most but it has torn a bunch of pockets off my shirts and popped a few buttons when I was in a tight spot. I was afraid I would knock a hole in my forehead with the straight claw although they are great for pulling nails.

I had one of the 22 oz hammers where the head looked like a meat tenderizer. That thing took a chunk of meat when it hit your finger.

I can sure tell your hammers don't just sit on a shelf, they are well seasoned and broken in good.

I really appreciate you showing me the new style hammer, it is unusual to me.

I have one of those disks also Keith and you are right, that bad boy will eat up more than can be fixed and quick. I have used mine several times with good results though but not on something as huge as your rail.
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OK, now I'm going to surprise you Jim.

My favourite is the 16 oz. curved claw. You know how you can pick up two or three supposedly identical hammers, but one just feels better? Well, that's how the little curved claw one is.

Plus, it's better at pulling small nails.
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I see why you might think the curved one doesn't see as much use. But I only just re-ground the head on it about a month ago. The others haven't been done for ages.
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OK, now I'm going to surprise you Jim.

My favourite is the 16 oz. curved claw. You know how you can pick up two or three supposedly identical hammers, but one just feels better? Well, that's how the little curved claw one is.

Plus, it's better at pulling small nails.
You are right, that did surprise me Keith, I was going by the wear on the faces. I'm with you on the feel of a hammer and the curved claw just feels good and you are right it does pull the small nails where the straight claw just won't grab.

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