The term flashlight is not generally used as torches is the common word in
the UK for it,but if you went into any store that sold torches and asked to
see a range of flashlights they would know instinctivly what you're asking
I used to think this was an urban legend--surely nobody was that ignorant.
However, about 6 years back I worked tech support for the local cable
company. I actually had pretty much the above conversation with a guy
who called wondering why he couldn't get a picture on his TV. I had to
put him on hold while I cracked up...
Chris... on at LEAST 3 occasions, I've diagnosed major computer problems (In
professional offices), as the monitor being turned off by energy conscience
cleaning people at night...
The world is full of technopeasants and if it wasn't, we consultants would have
to go find real jobs.. *shudder*
One time I got a call, the guys computer wouldn't run. So I took him
through the basic trouleshooting step by step. It was basically totally
inert. He was absolutely positively certain the thing was plugged in--in
fact he was irate about this.
So I drove four hours out, on the clock the whole time, on his dime, walked
in, plugged it in, powered it up, and drove back, still on his dime, and
billed him a 1100 bucks for the service call.
I wouldn't recommend going with the 1/4" shank if your router is capable of
1/2". 1/4" are prone to breaking, especially in a router the size of the
M12V. You don't want a flying router bit in the shop. Check out MLCS
woodworking and get their anniversary set. Decent bits, not a lot of money.
Great to learn with.
I have one of those routers. 1/2" shafts are more rigid and you will
generally be happier with them (less vibration, etc.), but if you do
use the 1/4" collet, be sure to align the slot in the 1/4" collet with
the slot in the 1/2" collet mounted to the shaft. If you don't it is
very hard to get it tightened properly and you risk having the bit move
while in use, with poor results at a minimum, and too much excitement
if the bit comes loose.
Another point about the M12V. I don't know if Hitachi fixed it, yet,
but the model I have does not have an overload protection circuit built
in, thus, if I jam the bit somehow and fail to get the motor shut off
instantly, I risk letting out the blue smoke (which makes the motor
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