I’m needing a new hammer for just basic diy around the home (inside and out) but there are so many to choose from. Please help?
Good question for your first post @DeeDee44. We all have to start somewhere! I'm sure plenty of Workshop members will be happy to help you with recommendations.
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For basic DIY, keep it simple with a Stanley claw hammer. The 20oz (the weight of the head) version is solid enough for what you'll need it for without going overboard and adding unnecessary weight/strain when using it.
Yes, you can spend more but there's really no need. Put the $20+ you'll save on this hammer toward your next tool.
Thanks @ProjectPete. I’ve already got a Trojan 16oz Fibreglass Claw hammer and a 8oz (well I think it’s 8oz) claw hammer I purchased years ago.
The reason for my post is because today while nailing some fence palings back up I found my 16oz just way too heavy and while at Bunnings today looking at all the claw hammers I was finding some were lighter than others even though they said they were 20oz or 16oz. So it’s left me confused lol.
This is a photo of the Trojan 16oz hammer I already have
Fair enough @DeeDee4. The 'oz' weight is just referring to the head of the hammer. So you could in theory find a 20oz hammer is heavier overall than a 22oz for example.