The Best Hammer

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Adam has a passion for cleaning from his youth growing up in England, and he has carried it with him to the US. Adam’s formal training and certifications in cleaning include the Advanced System Cleaning specialist (For HVAC cleaning / ductwork), through NADCA (this is the highest certification that NADCA has), as well as several other certifications from the IICRC. Adam has either advised, consulted, or done research with dozens of cleaning and cleaning related business entities. Adam holds an undergraduate degree from Oxford, a Master’s degree from Oxford, and a Master’s degree from Harvard Business School.

The Best Hammer

March 27th, 2019
The Cleaning Institute

If you have ever been to a home improvement store or the home goods section of a large retail store, then you have seen the selection of tools available. From saws to hammers, there seems to be an endless supply of tools to choose from. When you need a hammer for your home projects, it can be hard to know which one is right for your needs. After looking at a dozen hammers, they can all start to look the same and your confusion can just grow until you don’t know which one to choose. But if you look closely at the hammers available to you, you’ll see that all of the options can basically be classified into three main types, each one with various size and weight options:

  1. the claw hammer
  2. the ball peen hammer
  3. the club hammer

Every household needs at least one hammer to take care of basic repairs or projects, like hanging a picture or fixing a loose floorboard. For most DIYers and homeowners, a basic claw hammer between 16 and 20 ounces is all that is needed. All of the different types of hammers available can be found in many different sizes, ranging from eight to 42 ounces. The weight referred to is that of the hammer’s head, rather than the whole tool. Light hammers are good for minor project and light work, and heavier hammers are used for more demanding work and construction projects. As a general rule, any hammer over 20 or so ounces is made for professional construction workers, and is not really suited for most general home repair projects.