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To help participants become familiar with using the power of a hammer efficiently and safely, invite them to practice pounding nails into wood. Suggest they try a variety of ways of hammering, free form, at first. Often those inexperienced with using a hammer will hold one close to the head and use their wrist to pound. Teach the group the way that carpenters use hammers to get the best and most efficient effect from the power of the hammer and the power of the arm:
Hold the hammer at the end of the handle to take advantage of the hammer head's weight when you strike the nail. By holding at the furthest end from the hammer head, the hammer becomes a lever, which gives it — and you — more power.
Invite participants to feel the difference between hammering by holding the hammer close to the hammer head, and then holding the hammer farther down the handle. Offer these suggestions:
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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