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Old 08-14-12, 01:22 PM
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Is it safe to use this sledge hammer?
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Old 08-14-12, 01:57 PM
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Welcome to the forums! If all you broke was the handle guard, yes. I would try to remove the guard and see what the actual handle looks like. If it is cracked, then it's time for a replacement. Replacement handle guards can be purchased separately, and add more protection for that vulnerable area where bifocals and regular lenses meet Been there.
 
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Old 08-14-12, 04:17 PM
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I would question the 1/4" gap that has opened up... it almost appears as if the head has slid upward in relation to the rest of the handle, so as Chandler said, a closer examination might be necessary.

If you hold the head upright and smack the butt of the handle as hard as you can against a solid surface a few times, and that 1/4" gap gets tighter, I'd say your head is coming loose.

Of course, being the cheapskate that I am, I'd probably set the sledgehammer on its head, get a small tube of 5 minute epoxy (the 2 part kind in the syringe... about $5) and I'd try and fill that handle up with epoxy. Maybe put some tape around the crack... drill an injection hole and keep squirting it in until its full.
 
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Old 08-14-12, 06:43 PM
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No, IMO it's not safe.
The part that is broken makes up some of the handle's strength.
As cheap as a mew one is the replacement cost is not worth bonking you or someone else on the head or being impaled by a shard of fiberglass.
 
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Old 08-14-12, 06:47 PM
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lots to consider, thanks!
 
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