Date: 2 February 2016. Electric Drill
looking forward to the day when I can start a project and work right
straight through to the end without a something else coming up. This
time the drill shorted out. It was definitely time to fix this thing
properly. Replacement is not in the budget.
Because it was
already broken I could not make it worse by trying to fix it.
First, I removed all the screws I could see. There
I did what most new
boaters do when starting out. I bought battery powered tools.
The theory was they would work even if I wasn't tied to a
dock. Of course I totally discounted the use of an inverter.
Honestly, I don't know what I was thinking.
The problem is this: I did not
use power tools frequently enough. It seemed the batt always
required recharging whenever I wanted to use the tool.
That is why a while back I
switched over to electric tools. They work better for me.
Because my needs are less than a professional I opted for the least
expensive electric drill I could find. Mine was sold by Harbor
Freight. It was $12 and came with a three month warranty.
infrequent use cheap works best, until it breaks. Then
it's time to pull out my screwdriver and fix the blasted thing.
broke I did one thing you might consider too. I took the drill apart
and applied GREASE to the gear.
Near the head of the drill is a gear. By liberally applying
to the gear the motor will work easier.
The container is so old the
lid has a crack.
Aluminum foil keeps it sealed. →
This container is from our 40'er. It's
old. Not as old as me, but close enough! A little brush fits
inside so applying the stuff is easy.
If I didn't have this stuff on hand I would add it to my Thrift
Store list. It's not a retail item though you will find a use for it
once in a while. Or ask a mechanic to give you some in a little
glass jar. Mine is at least thirty years old and I've used a bit
maybe four or five times since I bought Seaweed.
digress. Again! Thanks for being patient with me as I ramble...
is my drill made a pop sound then quit. I saw a bit of smoke near
where the cord enters the drill.
Unplug the drill.
examining the drill I could see where a bit of the wire looked like
it had shorted out. The cord was softer at that point so I suspected
the damage was centered there. After unplugging the drill I opened
as they entered the drill had shorted out. I cut off the bad part
and stripped off the black cord cover. What I discovered is this:
Though the Harbor Freight drill has the same diameter cord as the
more costly drills, the guts in there are not so large.
are 18 gauge. That's about the size of a pencil lead. It also works.
Any time I can save lots of money I'm all for that.
At first I
pulled out my spiffy waterproof butt connectors then realized I did
not need to use the expensive ones for this. The cheap spade
connectors I have in the
locker will be perfectly a-okay in this application.
wiring, something to consider:
Positive and ground wires FROM
and the matching ones FROM THE CORD.
I was concerned that at
some point I'd have to take this apart again. I wanted to
ensure that I could not accidentally connect the wires
improperly. This is what I did:
I took a male spade
connector (TOP GREEN ARROW) and
put it on the ground wire inside the drill. Then I took a
female spade connector (BOTTOM GREEN
ARROW) and attached it on the white wire inside the
Next I did the reverse to
the cord wires. I took the white wire inside the cord and attached a
male spade connector to it. Now the white (positive) wires
For the Ground wire in the
cord (that skinny black one near the RED ARROW) I attached a
female. Now the male spade will fit nicely in the slot.
Voila: I cannot mess it up
later on down the waterways...
Of course I wanted to make sure the metal in those spades could
never touched each other. The solution was a bit of heat shrink
tubing and a lighter. First I slid the heat shrink tubing on the
wires, then connected the spades. Sliding the heat heat shrink over
the spade connectors protects the wires. It also helps keep the
back and forth with a lighter the heat shrink squeezed in and
everything is Good Enough.
Making it all fit back in the drill case was a bit of a challenge.
It took me a couple of tries before the cover closed properly. Once it snapped
together it was a simple matter to replace the six screws. Voila. If
only all repairs were so easy.
For a bit
of time I once again have a drill that will work and hopefully for a
long time. And now I can get back to more boat projects.
every job has a divergent. The drill was just one of mine. More
later... and thanks for reading.
Are you familiar with any other tricks to keep tools
Have you used lubricating grease in other power tools or applications?
What did you do?
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