In reply to a message from Ray Livingston sent Fri 25 Jul 2003:
Dave, I’ll go with Ray on this one! Having worked on these buggers
for a bit, nothing…NOTHING…works as well a s whackin’m! If you
use a lead hammer, no harm will come to your knockoffs. If you
search the archives back a month or two, someone had a SPLENDID
idea to make your own lead hammers, using a pop can and a metal
handle…easy, cheap, and VERY effective!–
The original message included these comments:
I've never tried either, but I've have talked to several people
who have tried both, and none of them had much good to say about
either one. The metal tools will damage the knock-offs far more
easily than a lead mallet, and the wooden ones will get pretty well
destroyed the first time you use them on a really tight knock-off.
I’ve always used a lead mallet, and never so much as
scratched a knock-off. Also, I don’t believe you can tighten them
adequately without whacking on 'em pretty good. No wrench will
apply the kind of torque an impact with a lead mallet will.
Paul Wigton, whom Tweety rules!
Brighton, CO, United States
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