Harbor Frieght success

Harbor Frieght success. HF saves the day.
No point, just a story.
I have 3 drills, one I bought new at Sears in 1974 one that the guy at Black & Decker was going to throw away because a customer didn't want to pay to fixi it. So I asked for it right in front of the customer, and I fixed it in 30 minutes when I got home, by putting a washer on the armature, so it didn't move back and forth so mch, and one that I found lying on a sidewalk in the city, partly covered with greasy junk, maybe from incredibly dirty hands, just covered in grease.
I also found in the trash some 1/2" keyless chucks and I put them on two of the three drills.
So yesterday and today, I can only find one of the three drills, the one with the small chuck, that won't hold a 5/8" bit with a 1/2" shaft.
Going to drive 3 miles to borrow one, but then I notice the 1/2" impact drill from HF, still in its box. I've never used it, just bought it in case. Lent it out once to the friend of a friend, but I hear it didn't accomplsh much. (That doesn't mean the tool doesn't work. Might have been the wrong tool for the job, or the wrong bit.)
Good to have extra tools around.
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In alt.home.repair, on Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:28:27 -0400, micky

What I didn't expect, until I read the box this afternoon, was that the drill was single-speed. I didnt 'think they made such drills anymore, at least for homeowners.
So when I found the little hole coming out of the overhang, and went to make it bigger, the drill ripped around probably making a bigger hole than I wanted. Certainly the outermost layer, inclding the paint, was bigger than I wanted but on the ladder with the hole above my head it wa hard to judge.
On the inside through the plywood the drill was excellent.
I put the original long thin drill bit in the vinyl tube, so the constanly curving vinyl tubing** would go straight down and I could find the hole at the bottom of the overhang, maybe 8 inches down. And that worlked fine on the first effort. I had planned to cut the end of the tube off at an angle to make getting though that hole easier, but it wasn't necessary.
When I went outside, the drill bit was still trapped in the tubing, because the tendency of the tubing to curl up held the bit in place.
**I don't know if they make the tubing with a curve, or when they coil it to prepare it for shipping and sale, that's what puts the curve in it. But it seems to last forever.
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