My electric drill keeps blowing fuses. The moment I plug it in, a fuse
blows. I have bought six boxes of fuses already, and all of them blew.
That's 24 fuses. And a box of them costs about $9. So it's already cost
me $54 and the drill still blows fuses, even before I turn it on. I'm
going to try one more box of fuses, but if that dont work, what should I
do? This drill was once a great drill. My father bought it in 1954 and I
still have the receipt and the manual in the original box for it. None
of the new drills are anything like it. They are just cheap plastic now.
I want this one to work again.
Having sentimental value for that drill is understandable, and I agree
them old ones were made better than new ones. But if you already blew 24
fuses, what make you think another box wont blow? Blowing that many
fuses is stupid. If it blows one, most people try one more fuse. If that
one blows, the drill has a short and needs repair. It's not going to
self heal. That drill is 64 years old. I suspect the cord is bad, or the
plug on the end of it. But it could also be internal. I'd replace the
cord first. If you cant do this yourself, take it to a repair shop if
you like it that much. The $54 you wasted on fuses would have likely
paid for a shop to fix it, if it's worth fixing.
Look in the phone book for electric motor repair, or find a decent
By the way, why do you still have fuses? Why dont you get circuit
breakers installed in your home. Sure it costs money, but paying $9 for
a box of fuses adds up fast. (especially in your case).
Open'er up and see if you can find a short? Maybe you'll get
lucky (and it will be easy to locate). I think the fact that the
fuse blows before you turn it on is a good sign. That seems to
rule out that the short is in the windings of the motor.
This drill was once a great drill. My father bought it in 1954 and I
When you get that Harbor Frieght "Chicago" (made in Chicago China),
piece of crap home. Open the box, toss the drill in the garbage, and
keep the box to smell. The box will outlive the tool any day of the
week. But rest assured, you just blew your hard earned money on the
worst power tools on Earth. So far, no other company has yet figured out
how to make power tools worse than those sold by Harbor Freight.
That is the AIC for branch circuit breakers. Service disconnects are
usually rated 65 KA or greater. The AIC is defined by the transformer
but usually limited by the size of the service conductors. We don't
generally assume there is any current a transformer can't provide for
an instant. It is usually far more than the service conductors can
transmit. It is usually assumed to be far more than 10KA tho in a
Back about 30 years ago, when usenet was still popular,
troll-posts like this would spike during the first 2 weeks
of return-to-classes. I was surprised to see that a few
people here didn't seem to recognize it ..
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