Many of us find ourselves working with tools on a regular basis. This could be because the nature of our work demands the use of tools or simply because we enjoy tinkering. I personally enjoy working with tools even though it can be shouted from the mountain tops that I am not very good at it. That does not stop me, however, and I tackle new tasks with fervor all the time. Sometimes my tools themselves are the tasks, such as is the case with the hammer and wrench below. View attachment 2357 Unfortunately for me, I am plagued by weak hands. To get jobs done, I often need a little assistance in addition to extra time. Something I have found that helps with this is a better gripping surface on the tools I use. A way I have created that surface is through the use of paracord. Hammering is especially difficult for me because the reverberation is painful. After making impact with a nail, the force coming back up through the hammer can be hard for me to bear. Having some extra cushion between the hammer and my fragile hand helps me still be effective enough to complete the tasks I set out after. I know this is probably not a problem a lot of you are forced to deal with, but since I am one of the unlucky ones, I wanted to pass on to others the help paracord has been for me and could be for you. In the case of the hammer, the paracord not only adds to the gripping surface but also works as a shock absorber. The pain of contact is still there but not nearly as bad as it once was, and all I did was tie a cobra stitch down the length of my ugly hammer to make it work for me. View attachment 2356 While there is no reverberation to speak of when using wrenches, there is still the problem of gripping. Since many wrenches have mental grasping areas, they are tough to hang onto with sweaty palms or weak hands. By adding paracord, I am better able to complete the turn of a wrench when the occasion calls for it and you will be as well. For the wrench below, I folded the cord in half and stuck it through the end of the wrench, pulling the slack through the loop formed in the cord. I then moved down the length of the wrench and began wrapping the cord around, both sections at the same time. Once I got back to my starting point, I tucked the slack beneath the base cord rather than tying or burning it. This enables quick removal and moving cord between wrenches rather than having to buy enough cord for every wrench in my collection. View attachment 2353 View attachment 2354 View attachment 2355 Many tools come with gripping surfaces that are always evolving into something new and better. That is great, but I cannot afford to buy each new version as it comes out in hopes it will be better than the last. Instead I solved my gripping problems with paracord and you can, too!