Saturday, February 6, 2010
Tools of our Trade - Hammers.
Pick a 2lb ball pein hammer to start with. Ideal for most jobs and, as a back-up if the work gets heavier, a small lump or club hammer should get you through most situations.
Sometimes, a steel hammer can be too harsh. For instance, you don't want to mushroom-over a shaft or spindle. In these cases, the copper mallet is ideal. The copper bears the brunt of the force, leaving the harder steel part in perfect shape. The weight of it still enables you to shift seized components but without the damage a steel hammer can do.
Then comes the rubber mallet. Laugh you may, but if you want the cooling fins on a stubborn cylinder head or barrel to stay intact, you'll need a rubber mallet to avoid any damage (although a good block of wood will sometimes suffice). Although difficult to break things with a rubber hammer, it isn't impossible, so be careful with those fins!
Don't forget that we no longer have the common sense we were born with so make sure you wear eye protection when using any of the above.