The purpose of this tool is to provide a strong impulse force against a work piece. Safety glasses should always be worn when using this tool. Ear protection is optional but highly recommended when hammering two hard materials. When using this tool, ensure that your work piece is securely held in place. When using a metal face hammer against another hard surface, be careful as small metal fragments may fly off of either the hammer or the work piece. Pay special attention to the type of hammer that is needed for your application. There are two main types of hammers used in this facility: non-marring or soft-face hammer, and ball-peen hammer. A non-marring or soft-face hammer, as its name implies, has a plastic face that is designed not to mar the surface of the work piece. This type of hammer is often used to make small movements or tap something into place. A ball-peen hammer is a dual metal face hammer with one flat face and once spherical face. The ball-peen hammer is designed for metal on metal contact such as striking a transfer punch, chisels or metal forming.
First identify the type of hammer that is needed for your particular application. Place your work piece securely on a surface. Firmly grip the base of the handle in order to obtain maximum leverage. Continue to strike the work piece until the desired effect is achieved.