hey guys, I wanted to share a little bit of info with you all. myself, like many of you, are guilty of overstriking when slitting every once in a while, and some times, it is an expensive mistake. I made a great over strike protector for the handle of my fiberglass mauls. I have an 8 LB and a 4.5 LB. You go to the local hardware store and go into the plumbing section, and get an 1 1/4 fernco, or what best fits your handle, which is basically a rubber joint for plumbing, with indented areas at each end that have hose clamps for tightening down. I went one step further, and seen that even when they are tightened down, they tend to slide down the handle due to the taper. I have found a solution to that issue as well. You need to go to the section of the store that they sell adhesives in, and get "automotive goop", it is like a silicone based super glue. You slide the fernco on the handle from of course the bottom end, it may be tight but you want that. when you get it under the maul head, you can tighten up the top, closest to the the head hose clamp, and I mean a lil just to stop it from sliding. with the maul sitting on the floor apply automotive goop to the bottom of the fernco, the end w/o the hose clamp on at this point, and squeeze the goop in between the fernco and handle, and get a popcicle stick or something of the sort to push the goop in, get as much in as possible. HINT: if you wet the popcicle stick with you spit, the goop will not stick, not water, spit. let the maul set up for a little bit once you think it is filled. go back in about a half hour, and the goop should have settled in a il bit more, apply a nice bead around the base of the fernco, and wipe smooth with your finger, again with spit applied to finger, to stop from sticking. I used to be a contractor for a living trust me this is pro advice on the spit deal..lOL water does not work the same LOL good luck hope this helps keep your tools in better order for longer. I have also been toying with the idea of doubling up the ferncos, like wearing a double layer of overstrike protection..LOL, Less than 5 bucks to protect your 40 dollar investment..