I'm dating myself here, but I usually find myself reaching for my "push
drill" when I need to drill something like a starting hole for a wood screw.
Mine is a Craftsman I bought maybe 40 years ago. It's small size makes
it convenient to use in cramped locations where a cordless drill might
not fit, and the various size drill bits are stored inside the handle.
Stanley used to make them, but quit a few years ago, when cordless
drills became the rage. There's new imports available, but there's
plenty of vintage ones to be had on eBay, like this one:
So that's basically a screwdriver but with a bit instead of a phillips or
slotted head? So you use it for drilling pilot holes and such. I have, so
far, been able to use the cordless drill to drill every pilot hole I've
ever had to make. Haven't had any in tight space yet, I guess.
At Autozone the other day, I saw a cordless drill/driver kit (18V) with a
battery/charger for $18. Chinese made. Hell it's probably made at the
same factory, using the same basic materials, as my $70 Craftsman cordless
I'm with you - I've actually got a Stanley _and_ a Craftsman. The Stanley
just has drill bits; the Craftsman has a couple of screwdriver bits in
addition to a smaller set of drill bits. Haven't used them in a while - a
beautifully balanced Craftsman 12V cordless drill I bought twelve or so
years ago seems to fall more naturally to hand for most things I would've
used the push drills for. The drill is on its second set of batteries, but
they were available - one of the things Sears is good about.
- Dennis Brothers
(FWIW, I'm N1DB, and my Brass Rat is eleven years newer than yours)
(Further, my wife is K1KEB, and her Brass Rat is the same year as mine -
there were 47 coeds in our class of about 1,000, and I got one :)
if you're really going to do it
I like having 2 pair of channel locks or pliers around
(one to hold the thing that the thing you are trying to turn is
I use scissors alot
some razor blades come in handy
Great idea. You always need something you won't think of. That's why
you make up a kit.
Here's some of what's in mine:
Screws: 4 sizes of drywall screws.
A couple of sizes of finish nails
Plastic anchors: 2 sizes, plus the screws and drill bits to use with
them. (my tool "bag" has a small plastic organizer that slides into
1" putty knife
Linesman's pliers, wire stripper, outlet tester, wire nuts, ty-raps
2 tiny spring clamps
Small channellock pliers.
WD-40, tiny can
A few drill bits.
Alcohol wipes (haven't used these yet)
Hammer, 4 screwdrivers, bit handle and multiple screwdriver bits
5" pry bar (much handier than you'd think!)
This all fits in a sort of canvas cube, 9" x 9" x maybe 14" high
(including the handle). It's the perfect size: not so big that you'll
be too lazy to carry it, not so small that it's useless. I keep this
in the house, next to one of my cordless drills. It's amazing how much
stuff I can do with just those things.
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