Replacing a Hammer Handle

Good old fashioned hammers with heavy heads are getting harder to find. You can find giant hammers. But smaller, Heavy Metal hammers are usually old like the one pictured below. You can have a Hammer Handle Replacement Kit sent to you in  a few days.

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As you can see, it’s kind of an old handle, and I already sawed off the top. Without doing a lot of wood trimming this old handle wasn’t going to fit in that head anymore.

The head/handle meeting point is all held together by various metal or wood shims, or in this case nails that expand the wood handle and force it to fit snuggly into the metal head. If your handle breaks, you’ve got to pull all that crap out. You might have to drill, pound, chisel, set fire to the wood elements or just a combination of all that. That stuff isn’t meant to come out.

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Your new handle will come with a little packet of shims, that will fit in-between the split portion at the top of the handle (the part that goes into the head.) My new handle was actually a little too big, so I used a chisel to knock off a few millimeters.

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And here’s the finished product. The photo is a little unfocused, but you’ll understand why if you keep reading. But you can see the new handle is in there, and the metal shims are in there to hold things in place. Later I even added a small wood shim for more secure holding.

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Be careful! Here you can see I got a little boo boo on my thumb from all that pounding.

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And here you can see a cracked fingernail. I took these photos BEFORE it all turned dark purple. I don’t want to dissuade you guys from doing projects at home. Just don’t be as clumsy as me!

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So I’m still in to talk about repairs around the house. Today it’s all about saving a hammer by changing the handle. The link used to workto a PDF file to somebody else’s technique for doing the job-but, it’s like 95 times harder. If you’re a craftsman that might be the way to go, otherwise spend the 8 dollars for a new handle, and the little bag of shims that come with it.
http://www.wkfinetools.com/z_media/restoration/RestoringHammers-Bob%20Sturgeon-ne.pdf

Sometimes You’ve Got to Play Hardball with Comcast

So the other day I wrote a piece about being tough on credit card customer service people when it comes to getting things accomplished. Well those same tactics can apply to other arenas as well. In the most recent case; my internet service provider Comcast.


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Last night the slow connection got to be too much. Since Monday it’s been sluggish enough to affect my radio connection. Haven’t been downloading a lot of stuff this week, so mostly I haven’t needed a fast connection, but I need my radio. Most providers give you a faster download than upload and that’s what I have. But, if your upload gets too slow it can ruin your overall connection to the point that you can’t really function. And I’m a big audio over the net kind of guy. In fact Billy Jam did a fill in show Tuesday night/Wednesday morning over at WFMU and I even got an on-air shout out ! But with my connection just dying on me I finally had to make the dreaded tech support call. They SAY they’re available 24/7, but you know-if you call after traditional business hours things can get mighty weird.

So I got a woman who started coughing into the phone non stop. And I would wait for her to finish and then we would pick things up. When we finally did get to my problem she said she couldn’t handle it, so I would have to schedule a technician. I said to her, “are you telling me there’s nothing in-between unplugging my modem tonight and a 2 day wait for a guy to come out here? There’s nothing else you can do? ”

So I took control. I said, “listen, can you see the modem from where you are? I want you to ping it to tell me the millisecond speed, but I need to know if can you see it?” No she couldn’t see it. And I said that’s the first problem. So I asked her to get a supervisor since she had exhausted her body of knowledge. And I specifically asked her to get a supervisor on the floor. This is crucial. Because what she actually did was get a tech support via chat, and thus began 2 hours of her chatting/typing with that person, and then relaying what they said to me. Ultimately when they got done I had NO internet connection and she was back to having me arrange a service visit in 2 days.

So I had been polite throughout the night and even allowed them to resolve the problem their way-even though I know from YEARS of experience that unplugging a modem and restarting a computer were not going to fix the problem I was seeing. It was clearly on their end not mine. I said, “please put the chat person on the phone.” Can’t be done she told me. So I said, “OK, please ask the chat person for their employee ID, then give me yours, please copy and paste the chat session, email it to me, print a copy for yourself, give me the ticket number for this issue, then give me the FLOOR supervisor like I asked you, and ask him to have HIS employee information ready when he picks up the phone.”

Ten minutes later I had full working internet connection. 8 mb download and 2 mb upload speed.