A large type of hammer used for heavy carpentry work, especially driving
and removing large nails. Framing hammers are usually heavier than ripping
or curved claw hammers, typically
weighing from 20 to 32 ounces, and have longer handles. The extra weight
and longer handle gives more power to the hammer's stroke. The head of the
hammer is usually milled so that it has a crosshatch or wafflelike grid
to prevent glancing blows. Since the frame of a finished house isn't seen,
any marring of wood surfaces by the milled hammer face doesn't matter.
Framing hammers have increasingly been replaced by nail guns.