Yes, you wasted one less dollar.
Unless you are buying a tool for a one time throw away thing, it does not
pay to save a couple of dollars buying substandard tools.
Those $ 4.00 hammers may be ok to drive in a couple of small nails for
hanging pictures and such, but to drive a real nail to anchor a couple of
2x4s you need a good hammer.
Time for you to get an Li Ion impact driver and find out how much hard
work you can avoid. Makita (my favorite), Bosch, Milwaukee and DeWalt
and many other manufacturers have them in up to 18V. What makes them
so useful is the very compact size. You should definitely go for Torx
or star drive screws or square drive if your sources for Torx are
limited. If your budget is modest, check out Harbor Frieght, of
course. By the time you have had your impact driver for a while, your
hammer will be used mostly for breaking rocks or smashing beer cans
<G>. If you need to build or repair a deck, the ID is the way to go.
Even the big hairy construction screws seem to just melt into the
wood. It is real easy to drive the screws too deep, so some practice
is advised at first. And although screws do tend to pull wood pieces
together well. sometimes it helps to pop a clamp on the work until it
is well placed. Bottom line, the ID is exactly the tool you need for
Drilling a pilot hole will make hammering less frustrating. Even the
pros sometimes hit a knot, bend a nail, miss the head, etc. Not done
often but you can "tune up" a hammer a little: flatten the face,
secure the head, repair the grip, etc. There are times a clamp can be
used (instead of a hammer) to drive a nail home. Another
alternative is to use a 90-degree chuck to drive screws in close
places. Consider square head deck screws.
hold the nail with your thumb on the nail head... think
"carefull,,,carefull"..swing hammer.. DOH!!!!
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