Keep your hammer clean and improve your efficiency (and avoid the dreaded hammer rash).Do you find you cannot hammer a nail home cleanly? Do you find that as you attempt to drive the nail home (*or a screw, if you’re really rough! 🙂 ) that your hammer, as it comes into contact with the head of the nail, glances off? It doesn’t have to be a nail, the same thing can happen as you’re driving wedges into your mortice and tenon joints, resulting in hammer rash, which looks like a crazed maniac has taken his frustrations out on your work. Annoyingly, this means you’ll have to spend twice as long on the finishing of the job than you’d normally would, as you sand the timber to within an inch of it’s life to get rid of any hammer indentations.
Keep your tools clean!
If your hammer looks like this, then clean it!
It’s a simple job to clean your hammer – it takes seconds
The head of your hammer should be shiny