Repair, Don’t Replace

| 10/15/2010 11:37:29 AM

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We have so many opportunities these days to buy new tools to replace the ones that have lost their shine or been dinged up from years of use. I have numerous hammers — from a tiny, light-weight furniture upholstery one to a hefty sledge hammer, suitable for destroying my concrete patio. But my favorite is a 65-year-old, wooden handled lightweight hammer that belonged to my mother.

My parents built a two-story, Cape Cod style house, beginning before I was born in 1946. My favorite hammer is the one my mom used on that construction. The handle is smooth and dark, and the head has become somewhat less angular over the years. But it has just the right heft for the size and strength of my hand. If and when the handle gives out, I’ll get the best replacement on the market.

This hammer has obviously not been used for things it wasn’t designed to do. I had a wonderful log-splitting maul with a metal handle. Some teenagers used it as a lever to lift something quite heavy and bent the handle — ruined a useful tool! I was not a happy camper!

Do you have a favorite tool that has been your right-hand man through years of DIY projects? If so, tell us about it in the comments section below.
5/27/2018 9:18:57 PM

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Richard A. Curtis
10/23/2010 4:16:25 AM

When I was in High School I bought a Columbia 4" Vise. That was around 1960. We've moved several times , but that vise is still going strong -- I wouldn't trade it for anything . The only thing missing is the little cutoff tool that fit in the back end of the base---and no the handle is not bent !!!!!

Lloyd McDaniel
10/21/2010 10:03:47 AM

My Dad was a Master Carpenter. I have several of his tools, but his and my favorite was his "pet" a medium sized Blacksmiths hammer that has done things it was never intended to do. I miss the old man.

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