This is a tool for tamping earth. It has a heavy cast concrete head with a flat bottom. You pound the earth with it to compact the dirt. It is a tool that might be used in road work, or for preparing ground prior to pouring a cement floor, etc.
It’s not a tool that many people would ever use. I have needed one in the past for tamping the ground to compact it before plastering floors and walkways with my nylon-cement construction technique (nylon fishnet and cement). Now, I need one to help out on some asphalt road work, to tamp and shape asphalt. I hope it works. This will be my first time working with asphalt.
The shaft is a piece of light-weight galvanized tubing. Holes are drilled, and nails pass through the pipe, helping to lock the cast cement head in place. I suppose that, if one was making cement dumbbells for weight lifting one could use the same nail technique for locking the cement in place.
The nails make sure the head stays in place. Without the nails, use and abuse could loosen the pipe and it could slip out of the cement.
Step 1: Drill Holes for the Nails
I use nails 3 1/2 inches long, and a slightly smaller drill to make the holes for them so that they can be driven into the pipe tightly with a hammer. I use three nails at different angles. Six holes, in three opposing pairs.
At the other end of the pipe, I drill a couple larger holes so that I can hang the tool up from a nail in the wall, or an “S” hook from something.