I like to use wooden hammer handles for a variety of reasons.I feel they are safer,don't conduct electricity ,and they are just comfortable. They have a tendency to become loose over time. If you go to the drug store and buy a small bottle of Glycerin,USP and pour about 1/2 inch in an old plastic butter tub,then set the hammer head down in it for a few days. The wood will wick up some of the Glycerin and cause the fibers to swell ,thus tightening the hammer head. Repeat as necessary.
You can also use green antifreeze to do this.
I like a good rawhide hammer. I have three different sizes.
Jack, good hint. I use my wooden handled hammers the most for tapping pistons into the cylinder once I've got the ring compressor on. I've learned to put a rag over the journal on the crankshaft and pieces of rubber fuel line hose on the rod bolts. I guess it's the way I always watched my Dad do it.
Several times I've used the other end of the handle to bend nails. And a hammer also works good as a throwing device when the frustration from bending the nails gets to overwhelming. It also works good for breaking truck windows when you don't pay attention to where you throw it or if you forgot your keys in the ignition and the doors are locked.
Did you check to see if the other door was unlocked first?
Jack, don't your hammer handles have wedges to drive them tighter? How about using the glycerin for wheel spokes?
AntifreezeMain article: antifreeze
Like ethylene glycol and propylene glycol, glycerol is a non-ionic kosmotrope that forms strong hydrogen bonds with water molecules, competing with water-water hydrogen bonds. This disrupts the crystal lattice formation of ice unless the temperature is significantly lowered. The minimum freezing point temperature is at about -36 °F / -37.8 °C corresponding to 70% glycerol in water.
Glycerol was historically used as an anti-freeze for automotive applications before being replaced by ethylene glycol, which has a lower freezing point. While the minimum freezing point of a glycerol-water mixture is higher than an ethylene glycol-water mixture, glycerol is not toxic and is being re-examined for use in automotive applications.
Ralph,yes my hammers have steel wedges,but the constant Midwest humidity changes do strange and wonderful things . On the glycol look-up you did. I think you misspelled Glycerin. Try it again.
"Glycerine" and "Glycerin" redirect here. For the Bush song, see Glycerine (song).
Other names[hide]glycerin glycerine
Glycerol (or glycerine, glycerin) is a simple polyol compound. It is a colorless, odorless, viscous liquid that is widely used in pharmaceutical formulations. Glycerol has three hydroxyl groups that are responsible for its solubility in water and its hygroscopic nature. The glycerol backbone is central to all lipids known as triglycerides. Glycerol is sweet-tasting and of low toxicity.
i had a picture of a car with writing on the side explaining why you should not open your door like that but cannot find it.
Open your door like what? You mean open it from the non-hammer side? Why would anyone do that if your beers on the hammer side?
Open the door with a piece of wire. When i get locked out i use wire.