hammers for base

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by orionkf, Mar 4, 2006.

  1. orionkf

    orionkf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    I was just wondering what everyone uses for setting their retaining wall base. I've seen people use rubber mallets, 28 oz. boxstore deadblows (seamless handle to head connection), fiberglass handled 3 pounders with beads inside, some use 4+ pound hammers with the screw-in faces. On an outdoor home improvement show, they even used a sledge hammer (3 or 4 pounder I think). So what do the pros use? Pros/cons of each? Just a personal preference?

    Please include as much detail as you can concerning type, size, weight. Pictures and links would be good too. I'm considering the screw-in type, but not sure what hardness of tip to get, or how heavy is too heavy, or if it is worth the $50+.

    All opinions are welcome and appreciated.

  2. jreiff

    jreiff LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 402

    We use the blue one on this page:


    I really like them. I think it is a 4 or 5 lb hammer, filled with steel beads. Only down fall is that the heads that screw on tend to strip out and fall off. Not a big deal, can just replace them. Work alot better than a rubber mallet were you really can't get anything behind it, just bounces right back off the block. With the dead blow you can get a good hit with it. :hammerhead:

    Hope this helps alittle....
  3. orionkf

    orionkf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    Very cool, that is exactly the type I was considering. What color tips do you use?
  4. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,929

    We use the ones from Pave-Tech that look like that. We used to use a 3lb sledge with wooden blocks........:dizzy: Now we use the dead blows.

  5. jreiff

    jreiff LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 402

    We have the white tips/ ends. Seem to last farely long.
  6. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 837

    If I get blocks like I got the other day again I'll be using a 22lb sledge:mad: :realmad:
  7. nocutting

    nocutting LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

  8. orionkf

    orionkf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    Is this for an SRW?

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