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Sledgehammer
Don't let the power of your sledgehammer give you a Thor complex. Use the power of this tool wisely. ©iStockphoto/Thinkstock
Don't let the power of your sledgehammer give you a Thor complex. Use the power of this tool wisely. ŠiStockphoto/Thinkstock

To create, you must destroy. To destroy, you're going to need a sledgehammer, at least when a jackhammer isn't available -- and who among us has a jackhammer in their garage or storage shed?

A sledgehammer is just a large hammer with a big, heavy octagonal-shaped steel head and a fiberglass handle (old-school sledgehammers have wooden handles). It's that big, heavy head that allows you to put more force behind your destruction; the size helps distribute force over a wider area than other hammers [source: Pieh Tool Company, Inc.]. Heads weigh between 2.5 and 20 pounds (1.1 and 9.1 kilograms), and handle lengths vary between 1 and 3 feet (30 and 91 centimeters) [source: VanHemert].


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