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Old April 4, 2018   #1
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Between grandchildren playing with my Estwing claw hammer and a pile of burning leaves - here's the results. We just found it after I looked for it for days. I am thinking about burning off the rest of the grip and putting a new one on it. This is just something to do for the fun of doing it. I'm in no hurry, and would like some ideas you all might have for an interesting handle grip.

It is a Estwing 24 oz. HammerTooth Rip Hammer. The teeth are gone from around 30 years of usage.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Estwing-...-24T/203075879

I'm going to see how the 20 oz. one feels tomorrow. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Estwing-...-20S/100032790 That will fit my needs better than the rip hammer now. I have a 4 lb. handheld sledge if I need a bigger hammer
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This sounds like something Worth would know.

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Old April 4, 2018   #3
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You can buy steering wheel wraps! You would only need a little for the hammer, you could then wrap any unpadded garden tool handle with the leftover. You could even get a bright color to make the tools easy to find later.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/All-New-C...34f70e481778f3
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Sue, that's an idea.

The hammer belonged to my father. He used it on the masonry jobs to nail on wall ties, and to build our 4 barns, etc. It was kind of special to him. I've used it for building countless things and building in the gardens for years. It has been a good claw hammer for decades.

I only used Estwing hammers for my masonry career. I still have two different sizes of brick hammers, and all sorts of specialty type hammers. A brick hammer looks like this https://www.google.com/search?q=Estw...w=1138&bih=562
Mine are older and don't have that yellow end cap.

I put this thread in this BIY section for two reasons. One being that I want to rebuild the hammer, and two being that a lot of BIY/DIY projects - you need a good hammer. One that fits well in your hand and just feels good.
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Estwing hammers are the best.

A wire brush, either on a drill or mounted on a bench grinder should take the rest of the burnt plastic off.
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I have the same hammer. It is a good tool for digging in the garden and pulling stubborn weeds. I learned the benefits using it as a digging tool when I worked as a surveyor setting grade stakes.
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Dip it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtjAdQu4Hjw
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I have no idea what the steel looks like under the rubber or what you could even do with it.
I like wood handled hammers myself.

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Mine is an old leather wrapped handle 16 oz Eastwing hammer my husband received from his tech-voc program back in high school. He has about six other hammers floating around here, and his old apprentice hammer is the only one that naturally fits my hand, and the only one I can easily hammer nails in straight with. It's now officially my hammer!

Salt, I hope tour dad's hammer can be cleaned up.
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I forgot about Dip it. I haven't seen that for years. If you don't want a cushy type grip, the Dip it would probably work great. I might look at the steering well cover for some of my own tools. I like to have a cushioned grip on a rake, for instance, and I think it could be cut into narrower strips for the hammer. I bet the dip it comes in some fun colors and would be water proof and tougher.
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The thread title made me want to listen to MC Hammer. The song below was quite prophetic, in that he did become a reverend in his retirement from music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mye1aCskFcM
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Have exactly the same hammer for 40 years built a log house, greenhouse, and 2 garages with it, can't kill it. Fix with tennis grip.
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I would scrape/sand/wire wheel all that crustiness off and wrap with bike handlebar tape or cork tape before trying anything more drastic.

If that doesnt work id remove the rubber grip and see what kind of tang you have to work with. Id probably try making a new handle out of wood or micarta, and glue it on with 2 part epoxy.


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Well, after $29 worth of cleaning - it looks like it's brand new

I also have some ocean front property in Arizona for sale.

I bought the 22 oz. smooth face E3-22S. I will look at all of the suggestions on repairing the melted handle tonight, but first I need to do some gardening.
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The thread title made me want to listen to MC Hammer. The song below was quite prophetic, in that he did become a reverend in his retirement from music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mye1aCskFcM
I will be telling the grandchildren " U Can't Touch This!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyEE0qpfeig
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