Q: On a jobsite the other day, an old-timer was using a curved-claw hammer. Does that style of hammer have advantages over the ubiquitous straight-claw hammer?

A: Carl Hagstrom, editor of WoodWeb.com, in Montrose, Pa., responds: Though once a staple in every carpenter’s toolbox, hammers have, for the most part, become old school, with the wide variety of air nailers that are available now. Given that today’s finish nailers can set nails with no danger of leaving “paw prints,” I’m not sure anyone even...

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