Choosing the right hammer is essential to protect the work piece, the hammer and the user. Use this guide to see which hammers work best for specific projects.
The claw hammer is the most basic hammer. It should be used only for light-duty nailing jobs.
The dead-blow hammer has sand inside its head, which helps protect the work piece. This type of hammer is good for working with furniture and metal, and for taking things apart without damaging the surface.
The ball-peen hammer is used for striking cold chisels and for general metal work. Its small, flat head is good for driving small nails.
The drywall hammer has a curved head for countersinking nails into drywall. The opposite end of the head has a nail pull and a knife for scoring drywall.
The rubber mallet is especially good for woodworking, as it won't damage the surface of wood. The rubber mallet is the best choice for assembling or disassembling furniture.
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Tools for Surface Preparation
Before painting or wallpapering, you must prepare the surface. Learn more from DIY Network on how commercial products can aid in the process.
DIY experts explain the uses of a plunge router.
This project calculator is a great tool to have around the workshop. It can perform functions ordinary calculators can't -- including converting all dimensions.
Tips on Choosing Wrenches
Wrenches are basic tools for every workshop, and different kinds are designed for specific jobs. Here are some tips for choosing the right wrench.
Power Hand-Planer Basics
Handheld planers are designed to smooth the surface of wood. The manual handheld planer is good for smaller projects, but for larger ones, a power planer does the job in a lot less time.
Ultimate Gardening Tools
Horticulturist and landscaping expert Hunter Stubbs discusses some of the tools that are necessary for creating the ultimate garden workshop.
Power sanders are great for smoothing large surfaces, but for sanding tough areas, a sheet of sandpaper is best. Here's a guide on how to choose the best sandpaper for any project.
Installing Drywall on Ceilings, Arches and Around Curves
Learn how to install drywall in the trickiest, most difficult spaces.
Host David Thiel explains what to look for when buying a pneumatic nailer.
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