Earlier response whose initiator I managed to lose, sorry.
Of course he might be sensitive to the "half of the crap" in
cigarette smoke that isn't in highway stuff. REAL bad analogy, shows a
fundamental misunderstanding of how allergies work, and is probably
about the dumbest thing I have ever heard from the pro-smoking camp.
I get off on '57 Chevys
I get off on screamin' guitars
OPen it up and look for the open wire or battery connection, etc.. Or see
if anyone cares to repair it; they might. I would offer to at least look at
such a thing for a price; it's almost always one of the wires at the switch
that break, right close to one of the posts.
Newsgroups are great places to get assistance.
Thank you for the helpful comments and even the unhelpful ones.
I took the thing apart and moved switches and wires around. I found
nothing wrong physically. After reassembling it the thing started
working! It is possible the REVERSE/FORWARD switch was not making
proper contact but it felt fine before I disassembled the drill. In
any case, it is working like new again.
Maybe that drill is a female -- it just needed some loving attention....
If you are like me and love to check out pawn shops,flea markets and
yard sales, keep an eye out for another 14v Ryobi drill. Yours is the
exception to the rule on cordless --about 99% of the time the trouble is
batteries. The tools themselves usually don't break or wear out. If you
should happen to see one, you could probably buy it for a couple of
dollars and assume the batteries are shot. If you have a spare drill,
your original will never break again (Murphy's Law). I bought a 9.6
Makita wth two batteries and charger for $2.00 at a yard sale a couple
of weeks ago-- the guy said the batteries were bad, but they seem to
work fair, and I already had a couple of extra batteries I got for a
dime each from a pawn shop that was moving, and didn't want to move all
the loose crap they had laying around. Larry
For whatever reason, they don't want to standardize the
batteries. Even within the HF brand, there can be two or
three different style batteries of the same voltage. So,
when the battery eventually goes weak, you end up buying a
whole brand new whatever the device is. I suspect they like
selling "whole new".
The point was to NOT spend more money and repair what I had.
Yes, Ryobi is lower quality but perfectly suitable for the common
homeowner. I do have a corded Makita that has been sitting in the
bottom of a drawer gathering dust for years. If I truly need more
power or both batteries die I drag out that beast.
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