A: Unfortunately, I would not recommend this for anything requiring too much force.
A: Not a metal one, no.
A: I would think the handle would be too short for your proposed use but it is solid and well built mallet.
A: Would not be able to help you out live in Texas
A: Absolutely! I’ve used for that very purpose as well as when setting porcelain tile.
A: Yes, I installed all my 2nd floor with vinyl flooring, the rubber mallet worked perfect
A: I used a hammer on the block, and used this rubber mallet to pop the flooring down into place. It worked perfectly. You could use it on the block, but I found that it was just a bit too big.
A: China, I have one. Handle just broke in half. Going to buy an Estwing, Made in USA, has a warranty, and I should never have to replace that one.