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The Hammer

Hammers are available in many different sizes, shapes and many different uses. For home use, the claw hammer is most practical. Types include either the curved claw or straight claw, which is sometimes called the ripping hammer. The curved claw is for general carpentry work while the straight claw is used for rough work and dismantling, hence the term ripping.
The claw hammer is available in a variety of face styles. The bell face, a slightly curved smooth face, is for general and finish carpentry. The checked face, which has a rough surface, is generally found on hammers for tough carpentry work. Hammer weights are specified as the weight of the hammer head in number. The 7 oz. (200 g) hammer is for very light work while the 13, 16 and 20 oz. (370, 455 and 570 g) are for general carpentry and 24, 28 and 32 oz.
680, 795 and 910 g) hammer is most suited to household maintenance jobs. Handles for these hammers are wood or rubber-coated steel. Hammers with handles of fiberglass with rubber grips are available. The ball-peen hammer, is generally considered the machinist´s hammer and is used for metal work. It is used to start the spread of a rivet head.

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