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Old 07-10-2011, 08:12 AM   #1
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When was the last time you actually held a Hatchet?
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When I didn't get paid on time.

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When I didn't get paid on time.


Yeah, I once showed up to a HO's house with a hatchet in my hand to collect and finally got paid right there and then.

But, I meant "to work"!


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Yesterday, while considering the course of events if the fat kid or his brother-cousin next door couldn't hold onto the loose leash when the pit bull lunged. I couldn't decide whether I'd go Friday the 13th with the hatchet end, or blunt force with the business end. We really need to tighten our service area.

Seriously though, I use mine a lot since we do a lot of hand banging (haha). Is your prototype roofing hatchet ready for testing?
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Wow...can't remember...
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Yesterday, while considering the course of events if the fat kid or his brother-cousin next door couldn't hold onto the loose leash when the pit bull lunged. I couldn't decide whether I'd go Friday the 13th with the hatchet end, or blunt force with the business end. We really need to tighten our service area.

Seriously though, I use mine a lot since we do a lot of hand banging (haha). Is your prototype roofing hatchet ready for testing?


I have a crew of about 40 now. In one of my sections, we had a couple of guys going at it. I told them to STFU and to settle down. "We all have knives here!" They laughed it off and went back to work.

That's why it's important to let workers b!tch just a little bit then remind them that everybody on a roof is armed and dangerous.



Since I became a superintendent for a ha-uge company, I didn't get to use mine until about 6 weeks ago (but I'm going to be setting up shop again in about a month out west).

As for my roofer's hammer, it's around the corner. I put if off since I began working, but design-wise, it's passed all criteria. It'll be ready for everybody's review in about November. I had no idea it'd take so long.

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I held one on Thursday doing demo. I brought down Peter Lane to help me with some demo and he pulled out what looked like his Grand Dad's demo tool. For a tile man Peter was a wrecking machine on the demolition. I wonder if he can hang drywall too???

It was a hatchet with a nail puller on the opposite end. I believe it might be one of the first versions of a framers hammer. It worked great for bashing down the lath and plaster walls and he could chop at the lath.

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I use a hatchet when I hang drywall... but then again I almost never hang drywall anymore.
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I held one on Thursday doing demo. I brought down Peter Lane to help me with some demo and he pulled out what looked like his Grand Dad's demo tool. For a tile man Peter was a wrecking machine on the demolition. I wonder if he can hang drywall too???

It was a hatchet with a nail puller on the opposite end. I believe it might be one of the first versions of a framers hammer. It worked great for bashing down the lath and plaster walls and he could chop at the lath.

Killer tool - I want one....
My worn down roofing hatchets end up being demo tools. They come
in handy when you have to turn it around and use the cutting surface.
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did a repair job last week. my hammer fell on the ground so i grabbed my step dads hatchet. he used it for everything. he hates using a hammer. me personally i am the other way around. just cant get use to the thing.
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Back when I was hand nailing we used hatchets. But that was a long time ago and I have not used one in a very long time.

I did a hand split roof a couple weeks ago and I wish I would have still had the hatchet for splitting.

About 15 years ago i was doing a large apt complex and I ended up hiring one of my old roofing mates for a season. He brought a hatchet and used it. My regular guys (at the time) had not seen anyone use a hatchet. They started referring to him as "George Washington".

Years later one of the guys brought up "George Washington" and I could not remember why they gave him that nick name, all I could think of was that he had kind of large teeth that might have looked a little like wooden dentures.

Then he reminded me that Geo. carried a hatchet and the whole cherry tree thing came back to me.

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A hatchet is good for the campfire and for splitting kinling for the woodstove.
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hand banging (haha)
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OK in an effort to get this thread back on track
In my early years I did all my framing with a framing 28oz. framing ax, 3 1/2" blade, 1 1/2"head, hook the head on the joist and but the next one to the end of the handle and nail it home That ol girl has long sense died never to be replaced but I do still have my drywall hachet not used in a long time but ready and willing at a wim
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did a repair job last week. my hammer fell on the ground so i grabbed my step dads hatchet. he used it for everything. he hates using a hammer. me personally i am the other way around. just cant get use to the thing.
My old man's the same way. Never used a hatchet, always a hammer.

Personally, I believe there is a hammer for every use (framing, finish, roofing, demo, etc...) and that gives me an excuse to have a collection.
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Back when I was hand nailing we used hatchets. But that was a long time ago and I have not used one in a very long time.

I did a hand split roof a couple weeks ago and I wish I would have still had the hatchet for splitting.

About 15 years ago i was doing a large apt complex and I ended up hiring one of my old roofing mates for a season. He brought a hatchet and used it. My regular guys (at the time) had not seen anyone use a hatchet. They started referring to him as "George Washington".

Years later one of the guys brought up "George Washington" and I could not remember why they gave him that nick name, all I could think of was that he had kind of large teeth that might have looked a little like wooden dentures.

Then he reminded me that Geo. carried a hatchet and the whole cherry tree thing came back to me.

I didn't know what a hatchet was until about 6 years into my roofing career. I was probably 20 years old when I was introduced to one. For shingle roofing, it's the ideal too. I had no idea that the face was slanted at an angle to meet the roof when it would strike the roof, not to mention the shorter handle and bigger nailing area. It was a revelation for me. I loved it. My first hatchet was an Estwing with the big face and a cut in the hatchet for pulling nails.

I was gifted a well worn Plumb hatchet by an old timer that I treasured greatly (as well as all the hammers my dad had worn out that he'd give me). But that one grew feet and walked away from my site as did my an antique hatchet I picked up once. I liked that one too.



BTW:
I am always looking for old Roofing Hatchets.
If anyone has one they'd like to find a new home for, please let me know.
Thanks.





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A hatchet is good for the campfire and for splitting kinling for the woodstove.
You must "not" be a Roofer.
Let me check...oh yeah, look at that, you're an electrician.
No wonder. No clue.

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OK in an effort to get this thread back on track
In my early years I did all my framing with a framing 28oz. framing ax, 3 1/2" blade, 1 1/2"head, hook the head on the joist and but the next one to the end of the handle and nail it home That ol girl has long sense died never to be replaced but I do still have my drywall hachet not used in a long time but ready and willing at a wim
I seen this one guy using a drywall hammer to roof with.
I kid you not DWB, he would hammer 1 nail like 10 times in rapid succession. Like a machine gun. I asked him if he knew what a roofing hatchet was. He said yeah and lifted up his drywaller!



I have a 14oz Ti framer and 16oz Ti framer, a 16oz steel with a smooth face for finish, a roofing hatchet, small driving hammer for persuading stubborn rafters during tear-offs and a soft face for gentle work (like cabinets). (all either Estwing or Stiletto except for the driver and mallet)

Next on my list is an Estwing Builder's Hammer for Demo (28oz I think) and I'm also trying to get my hands on a Hart California Special Framer [not to mention my own roofing hatchet that I designed and am almost ready to produce].
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Saturday when I was cleaning out my garage. I held 3.

Seriously though, even though we gun nail, all the guys still carry roofing hatchets in their belt. Also for repair work we almost never break out the compressor and nail guns.

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