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.
Hammers and Nails
No matter what the project, choosing the right hammers and nails is essential. This guide makes it easy to pick the right tools for any job.
Levels are used to determine horizontal level and vertical (plumb) alignment. Find out here which level to choose depending on the task.
There's a basic wrench for every job. Here's a short lesson on some of the most common types of wrenches found around a home or workshop.
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.
Helpful tips on using a hammer from DIY expert Paul Ryan.
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.
Torque wrenches have varying capacities and features to make the job easier. This guide makes it easy to choose the right wrench for any project.
Learn about the different types of levels and how to use them.
Host David Thiel reveals helpful information on the basics of various types of vises used every day.
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.
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