I'm installing some kiddie latches in kitchen cabinets, and am having
a hard time drilling. I'm trying to drill in frame around one of the
drawers, but there's no space to position the drill, unless I drill
the holes at an angle, which doesn't work well.
The right angle drills I've seen to rent are too long at the end to do
any good. I bought a cheap-o flexible drilling shaft from Home Depot
a couple days ago, but I having spun it on the drill with a bit
attached I'm almost certain it's going to wobble all over the place.
There are some right angle drill attachments for sale on the web, but
a lot of the reviewers say they're crap.
Anyone with a suggestion?
All you need to do is get the hole started. I doubt the latch screws
are big enough to split the wood or give you a problem screwing by
Tap a nail (or drywall screw, which is usually pointier) to start the
hole then with stready pressure you should be able to rive the screws
for the latches.
Or try an old fashioned awl...
You can also buy right angle adaptors of varying quality...
as you said the drill i too long and therefore it is not suited to your
drilling need. mainly the problem is using the wrong drill or maybe the
angle itself. try to slowly figuring out where should those holes need to
be place and be drilled. using some adhesive or other attaching gadgets
could be a solution for it.
Go to oldest hardware store in town, and see if they still have any
Yankee (or knockoff) hand push drills. Like a ratcheting screwdriver,
but with a drill on the end. Only spot where they might not fit is in
the center of the frame rail above a drawer. May need to get better
kid-proof latches, with brackets that wrap around the rail and are
screwed in from behind.
Personally, I've never seen one of those that a kid couldn't open, once
they get to be 2 or so. I'd just move all the poisons and sharps Way Up
High (or out in the garage) for a couple years, and not worry about it.
Toddlers explore- that is what they do. It's in the hardwiring- they are
looking for places to hide. Hiding, being cute, and screaming real loud,
are the only 3 defenses they have.
If you MUST have a kid-safe cabinet, a 2-door cabinet with loop-style
pulls and a bike lock through the handles always works. They also used
to sell light-sensitive alarms to put in drawers and cabinets, that
start squealing about 5 seconds after drawer is opened. About the size a
a half-scale hockey puck. Haven't looked for them lately.
On Tue, 12 Apr 2011 07:29:34 -0700 (PDT), woger151
I bought and used a right angle drill adaptor years ago and it worked
just fine for one inch holes to run electrical cable in joists. Just
run it slow on large holes. In your case with a tiny bit, it will
work just fine. Of course, it all depends on what you buy. Get it at
Harbor Freight and it will be dead after one use, buy a Craftsman or
at least a Black and Decker and it should last awhile. I got mine at
Ace hardware, I dont recall the brand, it might be an Ace brand, or
B&D. I cant remember ???
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