A 16-ounce, claw hammer is the best choice for general use around your home. For serious construction work, a larger and heaver framing hammer is the tool of choice.

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Danny Lipford: If there’s a tool that every homeowner needs, it’s the hammer. And nobody is more opinionated about hammers than a professional carpenter.

Joe Denson: If you are looking for a hammer, and you’re not a professional builder, probably the most common hammer for you would be a 16-ounce claw handled hammer. It’s very good, it’s light. You can work with it, it’s not hard.

I think a lot of people would have trouble picking a hammer like this up initially and hanging a picture with it. This hammer has the solid steel construction on it which I really like that, you don’t have to worry about breaking it off. It’s got a long length. It’s 16 inches from top to bottom. Smooth faced, 22-ounce, which is an easy swing. It won’t wear you out throughout the day. Straight claws, it’s just a really universal hammer for me.

Hammers do wear out believe it or not. I know most people have them all their lives. But you’ll get to where you just slide off the head of a nail with this. And one really good trick is that you just take that, lay it on a piece of concrete and rub it back and forth. And you will—it’s just like sanding that thing, but it will texture it up enough to catch the nail.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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