Joined: 11 Aug 2007 Posts: 19 Location: United States
Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 4:25 pm Post subject: Fixing an SG
I purchased a 12lb sledgehammer several years ago. (Hickory handle.) I've only used it for shugging and, perhaps, IIRC, hitting a tire a few times.
Today I noticed that there is a very slight amount of "play" between the head and the handle. When I pull on the head with my hands, it feels tight and won't budge, but when I hold the handle and shake the head, again, I do feel some movement.
I want to be 1000% positive the head would never come off when I'm performing movements with the hammer.
Because I've never struck a hard object, the handle and head are in excellent condition. Any suggestions on how to get the head on super-tight?
Joined: 11 Dec 2011 Posts: 31 Location: Chicago, IL
Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:33 am Post subject:
There are two solutions. First, just hit the handle on the floor with the head directly above the handle, in an up and down motion. The idea here is momentum: the head has it, and the handle doesn't. This will allow the head to slip, but it will slip farther up the handle (a fraction of an inch). This will tighten it.
This is a mid term solution. The LONG term way to fix it is to add something to the handle where it sticks through the head. Driving a handful of wide nails, cut tacks, or best case, an axe head repair ring... thing. I don't know the name but it's a ring maybe 1/2" OD, that you drive into the protruding handle, causing the wood to swell and adding compressive force. Check your local hardware store(Ace, True Value, ect), and failing that, something more farmer oriented (Harbor Freight, Do It Best, ect) _________________ Sometimes anti-social, always anti-fascist.
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