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How to Fix Loose Ax or Hammer Handles

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Loose ax or hammer handles can be a very irritating and dangerous problem.  So what do you do to solve this issue?  Years ago, I used to soak the ax or hammer in a bucket of water, the handle would swell and the problem was solved.  Of cause a few days later, the problem would be back and worst than the first time.  I have since learned not to soak an ax or hammer in water.  This just makes the wood cells swell, and then when they shrink again, the cells are even smaller than before, so your handle becomes looser because of the soaking.…

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