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Dave Bell

Re: "A bigger hammer was employed" [...]

This principle isn't quite a joke though the physics is subtle.

Consider a spike being driven into a solid material. So much of the impact energy goes into elastic deformation, and sometimes into non-elastic deformation. A too-small hammer has insufficient percussive energy to actually drive the spike.

Or, in layman's terms, do it right and the nail doesn't bend.

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