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1253 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: humor resource question hammer plumbob shaping rustic traditional

Well. We had some FUN with the last one so I thought I’d try this one.

I Know what they called it on the Old Tool Site I got it from but that tells me next to nothing..LOl.. HINT: First word was “French”. I’ll Post the rest of the “Name” after a few tries by the “Hammer Experts”.

This one is for FREE ..LOL… I just thought it was “Very Cool”! You know…those things you hang from a String at the ceiling just to make sure the Floor is where it’s suppose to be. “Fruit Bobs” I think they’re called??

Guess away Guys & Gals!

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#1 posted 1253 days ago

Fruit bob? I like that. We call ‘em Plumb Bobs. I guess a guy could interpret that as “plum” bob and mutate to fruit bob. :-)

As to the hammer: I’m guessing you use the pointy end to make a starter hole for the “T” thingie. Then use the other end to hammer it in. The why of the “T” thingie has me totally stumped.

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#2 posted 1253 days ago

It’s a slate hammer.”Marteau d’ardoise”

The other picture is “Plumb Bob”

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#3 posted 1253 days ago

That’s serious piece of kit you could do some damage with! It looks a bit like a primitive ice axe and the T-shaped thing looks like a piton. I’m going to gues that its a French Alpine hammer. Go on, shoot me down :-)

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#4 posted 1253 days ago

I believe that canadianchips is correct, it is a zax (pronounced sax) and is use for cutting and dressing roofing slate.

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#5 posted 1253 days ago

Okay! I KNOW they are “Plumb bobs”...that was just a Joke…Wait! I didn’t look close enough… Mr Chips called them “Plumb Bomb” as in BOOM!

However he got the other part right!! YEA!!! Decription on the site was “A French Slaters Hammer & Stake”.

Get back here Mr Chips and tell us the “How” Part.(please) Cut rough Slate to a Finish Slate? Installing Finish Slate?

EDIT: Mr. Chips changed his “Bomb” ...LOL…

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#6 posted 1253 days ago

Rick, check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHWOy8dmsQI

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#7 posted 1253 days ago

Hi Rick,
Looks like something that may have been used on Stonehenge.
Jack

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#8 posted 1253 days ago

Think saddletramp nailed it! I went to Wikipedia and “zax” lead to “Slater” as one of his tools. LINK) might be here if it works.

Okay, they keep sending me back to “Did You Mean” ...click on that and it will take you there.

Going to have a look at Andys UTube Link, Thanks Andy.

Jacks been into the “Screech” again I think…LOL… Nice to hear from you My friend!!

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#9 posted 1253 days ago

The T shaped piece is called the T iron. Pound it into a solid piece of wood to use to lay your slate onto.It is used for cutting thicker pieces, Mark your slate on the back side. Start at one end and nibble your cuts towards the line you marked. ( It is harder to cut exactly the first time,) If you notice between the wooden handle and the head is a bevelled edge. This is used to cut the tile (much like a hatchet). To make holes in the tiles for the nail, hold the tile in one hand, the center of your palm will be where you are going to hit the tile, once again this is done from the back of tile, try not to hit to hard, the pick of the hammer should chip a small hole, turn your tile over and round out the hole with pick.
(excuse my typing errors, all these keys and only 2 fingers to hit them with)

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#10 posted 1253 days ago

Looks like some sort of mid-evil torture device, were the French around in the mid-evil times? Fruit Bobs, LOL. I thought they looked like Christmas ornaments.

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#11 posted 1253 days ago

Andy:

The UTube link was excellent! The Blade Edge on the “Hammer” does the trimming of the Slate while it’s held on top of the Stake that can be driven into any handy piece of Timber. Alway something new to learn!!

There’s anothe Video in the Side Panel of a 7 year Old Boy doing it also…TOO COOL!! He Punches a Hole right in the Middle of a piece of Slate ZAP!

Then he finishes the Video “Hurrying” towards the Camera..”If I can do it! So can you!” Same as a Used Car Salesmans ad. .....LOL…. Good One!

EDIT: OH!! Mr. Chips beat me to it again!! You’re Disqualified from entering any more of these “Name That Tune” sorry… “Tool” contests, Canuck! ....LOl….and your 2 fingers work a lot faster than mine!!

Canuck: Rick

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#12 posted 1253 days ago

Whoops….... I was going to add, you did all this work on a roof which normally had a pitch of 7/12 or 9/12. Clinging to toe holds as you went up. Usually 2 if not 3 story houses. Being part billy goat probably helped.
(And the kids now a days think they are doing something when they go the wall climbing room ) HA.

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#13 posted 1253 days ago

Okay I gotta Stump This Mr. Chips Guy!! What’s this One “Used For”??

Jack: I see “Moosehead” Second Line Down, First one on Right Side!! Can’t find the “Screech” though..LOL..

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#14 posted 1253 days ago

Wobbly pops.?

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#15 posted 1253 days ago

seduction pops

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