How to Use a Hammer

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Sure, it's a simple tool to use, but there is a right way and a wrong way to use a hammer. Check out Lou’s tips and advice on how to make hammering simpler and safer!

How to Use a Hammer

  • To maximize the hammer’s power, be sure to grip the handle towards the bottom. While using a swift, steady motion, swing the hammer from the elbow, not the wrist. This lets the hammer do the bulk of the work and drives the nail in faster.
  • The claw pries out nails and slips under edges. By sliding a shim or scrap piece of wood under the claw, you will prevent scuffs and marks on the surface.
  • Be sure to use the right hammer for your job. If you’re unsure on which hammer to use, check out our video on How To Choose A Hammer.

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Published: 2/22/2020