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Where to mount my life hammer

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Maguramishi, Jul 22, 2020.

  1. Maguramishi

    Maguramishi New Member

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    Does anybody have tips about how and where to mount a life hammer?
    Most hammer mounts come with these spikes/needles to fix them to the fabric but then the hammer is out of reach when you’re strapped tight by the safety belt. On the other hand I don’t want to fix it on a surface that blows up because of the airbags. So where do you fit your life hammer and why?
     
  2. Carolina Karl

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    Mine sits loose in the bottom of the rear center console. Not ideal, but accessible if strapped in.

    I've tried other locations, but they all tend to disrupt the minimalist interior design.
     
  3. dmurphy

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    I don’t have one in the passenger cabin (I guess I should) ... but ... drivers’ door lower pocket? Most “out of sight yet still accessible and not in an air bag path” place I can think of.
     
  4. Sam1

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    Those hammers can be hard to break glass with sometimes. Have you considered using a spring loaded punch instead? Something like this. They're small and sit in the console tray

    ResQme Vehicle Escape Tool
     
  5. Beckler

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    Best solution: have both. :) Actually, especially Tesla which seems safety-conscious, should have an escape tool built-in. Should've been standard in all cars in fact decades ago but manufacturers are stupid. Instead they gave us a cigarette lighter standard on every single vehicle ever made.
     
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    Too much cost per vehicle. You think they'd offer that after removing door pocket lights, frunk hooks & carpet mat after 2019? That "cigarette lighter" doesn't come with a push-lighter - it's a 12V power outlet.
     
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  7. jpfive

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    How does window tint affect effectiveness of the tools?
     
  8. Sam1

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    The hammer it will affect it significantly, because you'll be trying to bash the window from the inside. depending on the tint itself, it can absorb some of the impact and be harder to break and the tint will also hold the glass together. For the spring loaded punch tool, the tint will hold the shattered glass together, but the tool will have zero issues shattering the glass as expected.

    That's one of the many reasons I have a punch instead of hammer. The primary reason is that if you have an injured arm or shoulder, or you're squeezed in tight from crumpled up parts in the vehicle, there's no way you're going to swing that hammer hard enough to break the glass.
     
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  9. KenC

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    Life hammer? Escape tools? I've seen enough break-in videos, to know that a quick elbow to the window will take care of it.
     
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    CyberGus Not Just a Member

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    A heavy steel ball should work
     
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  11. SWFlaM3

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    I have a spring loaded break tool that inserts into the 12v outlet with two USB inputs. If the tool is not secured someplace it might be hard to find after an accident. BTW...the impact tools are not designed to break laminated glass so say the instructions. Read the glass markings on your cars. My Lexus RC F has non laminated glass in the rear side windows only.
     
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    Yeah and if you google videos online, there's quite a few where people break the hammers trying to break the glass.
     
  13. afadeev

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    Does it work?
    Have you tried it?
     
  14. SlimJim

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    I am totally not ready for emergency or disaster.
     
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  15. RayK

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    I've got one "mounted" in each back seat pocket, for the rear passenger(s). This is based on the assumption that since the front doors have the emergency egress latches, the people in back need a way to get out if the electrics fail. I'm hoping that they're not ever needed.
     
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  16. SWFlaM3

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    #16 SWFlaM3, Jul 25, 2020
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    you better have something up front to break the window and cut the seat belt when you are upside down under water and disoriented. You can’t open a door under water until the car fills with water to equalize the pressure. Cut the seat belt to drop You onto the headliner, smash the window (electric window will work for a short time), swim out. The tool has to be permanently mounted or stored. If not it will “disappear “ in a collision. By law console storage and glove boxes have to be latched so stuff doesn’t come flying out all over the car due to a collision.

    how hard can you swing a hammer under water? The water will also absorb some of the impact. That’s why I have a spring loaded breaker as well as a hammer in the center console. I was thinking about visiting a junk yard and testing the tools on laminated and none laminated glass. If I have to pay for the window it would be worth the pease of mind of knowing they work.
     
  17. SSedan

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    Should really wear as a stylish necklace so.you can use it to escape building fires as well.
     
  18. silentcorp

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    A headrest taken off can be used as well to break windows, just hit the metal poles from the headrest on the window. Works in an emergency if you don't have a hammer.
     
  19. android04

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    That's where I have mine, in the cubby under the center armrest. I think it's the best place because it's accessible by driver and passenger and will not get lost if the car flips over (unlike the ones that are kept loose in the door pockets or elsewhere).
     
  20. run-the-joules

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    I just have shaped explosives rigged around each door and window frame, connected to tilt and pressure sensors. If the car goes more than 15 degrees from upright or if there's a significant change in interior vs exterior pressure, they post on TMC asking why you're still reading this ridiculous post of mine.
     
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