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Can I tape my sledgehammer head to deaden the sound?

Discussion in 'Tools and Materials' started by d000hg, 2 Nov 2018.

  1. d000hg

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    I am using a sledgehammer and wedge to split big logs and the metal-on-metal sound is really aggravating - not just loud but so sharp it hurts my brain even with ear protection. Like nails on a chalkboard to me, I've always hated the sound.

    I wondered if I could tape the wedge or the hammer to muffle the sound - if it would help and if it would last more than a couple of whacks? Maybe it's a stupid idea, if not any tips are welcome.
     
  2. Tigercubrider

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    devise some way of mounting the wedge to a baseboard and have a support for the log?
    then hit the log "onto" the wedge
     
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  3. d000hg

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    Hmm, I can picture it. I can also picture the log splitting and the hammer handing on the point of the wedge when the log turns out to be very weak :)

    I'm not saying it's definitely a bad idea but I'll wait for others to chime in who know more than me!
     
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    I think it would end in tears!

    maybe a log bomb would be quieter?
     
  5. d000hg

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    That's what I mean by a wedge. But even though it's a softer metal, you get that really bright sound hitting with a sledge.
     
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    Unless these logs are a one time thing, buy a log splitter.
    Massively easier, quicker and quieter.
     
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    Yep. I got the old man one and he loves it.
     
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    I've been tempted but while not maybe a one time thing, there's definitely a big backlog to get through. To be honest, I like the rustic nature of splitting with an ax (and I'm tight) - it's only on the giant ones I use the wedge.
     
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    You could wrap it with a couple of old socks.
     
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    I wondered if those heavy bombs might make less noise than a traditional wedge....

    Or spend £20 on a decent pair of ear defenders they would make a difference, the 3m ones are pretty good

    https://www.screwfix.com/p/3m-peltor-optime-ii-ear-defenders-31db-snr/86532
     
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    Possibly a bit OCD/autistic but it offends me the noise is happening even if it's only other people who can hear it :)
     
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    Play some really loud music, then no-one will ever know :)
     
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    Whats wrong with a spliiting maul? With large logs one chips away from the outer edge until it gets smaller.
     
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    I don't own one. I do own a splitting axe and a hammer and a wood grenade...
     
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