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Auto-hammer soothes savage stable owner

Billy Blue, co-equine-star of the book, Winning Bet, helps with fence repairs after his earlier disaster. (Click photo to enlarge.)
The call came from the barn at breakfast Saturday morning – Billy Blue, co-equine-star of my book, Winning Bet, pulled back on his halter and crashed into the stall wall, taking it down. (Hmm … sounds like a certain scene in the book!)
Miraculously, there were no injuries, other than the wall, which lay in about eight pieces between the two stalls. I briefly considered giving up having a stable, but, and I kid you not, the Craftsman Nextec 12-Volt Auto Hammer, a Christmas gift received by my daughter, changed my mind.
Within minutes, we – thank you team – had the wall nailed back up. The auto hammer was a little miracle, especially for those of us who, in spite of living their entire lives around horse breakages, are not exactly pro with the hammer.
We stuck our three-and-a-half inch twist nails on to the hammer’s magnet, pointed it at the boards, steadied it, and wham-wham-wham-wham-wham-wham! The nail went in. No crooked nails. No exhausted forearms. I kid you not. (You might want to get a set of earplugs, however.)
We got so excited that we started looking around for things to fix. The picture at left shows the auto hammer at work replacing a broken fence board in the common turnout area with Billy “helping” in the foreground. Thank you, Craftsman!
I should note that expert carpenter Gregg, also in the picture, who was probably born with a hammer in his hand, still prefers the manual version of a hammer, as did the reviewer at Popular Mechanics. Still the reviewer almost waxed poetic, calling the auto hammer a “nice tool”. (What can I say? They’re both boys!)
Be sure to get the Craftsman auto hammer that says “Nextec”. There are mixed reviews about the other version. If Amazon doesn’t have it, try Sears.

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