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Forum topic by Emma Walker posted 08-18-2012 12:06 AM 2210 views 1 time favorited 49 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Emma Walker

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08-18-2012 12:06 AM

I got this drill about a month ago at an auction for a dollar. When I got home I put a drill bit in it and ran an extension cord out the garage door to test it on a tree stump with bare feet. about 2 seconds into drilling I got a jolt that it almost knocked me to the ground. I had no idea why and I told my dad about it and he seen that I wasn’t wearing shoes and he started to laugh and then said “yeah, you got grounded alright” I think I might have blown a brain fuse because I’m not nearly as aggressive as I used to be.

-- I'm a twisted 2x4 in a pile of straight lumber.

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#1 posted 08-18-2012 12:12 AM

Emma, Emma, Emma – Glad you are still with us.

-- *Arachnoleptic Fit*: The frantic dance performed just after you've accidently walked through a spider web.

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#2 posted 08-18-2012 12:20 AM


And to think I just told you to

Be Careful!

Find an electrician who will check out your “new” drill for you. I’m sure that there’s somebody around who knows about electrical who will be willing to help you.

We’re just getting to get used to having you around, don’t go and hurt yourself. We’d miss your “aggessive” atittude.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#3 posted 08-18-2012 12:23 AM

Years ago my dad was using a drill similar to this, metal case, no ground wire. My mom came up to him, barefoot on a concrete floor, kissed him and both of them got shocked. It really was an electrifying kiss.
Thank goodness for double insulated tools, we’ve come a long way for safety sake.

-- I may be slow, but I'm easy to stop!!!

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#4 posted 08-18-2012 12:32 AM

If I send you a dollar would you throw it away and take no more chances?

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#5 posted 08-18-2012 12:43 AM

Get rid of that drill before you kill yourself. Some things aren’t worth even a dollar.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 08-18-2012 12:48 AM

Make a frame for it and announce it is the first in your artistic display of antique tools

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#7 posted 08-18-2012 12:50 AM

Bondo is right. A friend of my Dad’s was killed using an old 110 Volt drill outside. Cut the cord off and toss the drill.


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#8 posted 08-18-2012 01:00 AM

Looks like someone put a plug on this drill? May be improper wiring? You can wrap the handle with bike tape? And I’m guessing you do own shoes? Saftey first in wqoodworking is imperitive. Respect all tools they all can hurt you. Made a mistake in judgement by attempting to clean the shaft of my router with a bit in the collet. I was fortunate as were you.Got a small chunk of skin and nail removed, Said thank you for protecting me from myself!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 08-18-2012 01:01 AM

I do have a lot of cool old tools that I’d like to use to start a collection of old tools with. I have an old hand drill that takes the bits with the square tapered on the end that goes in the chuck. My Uncle said he has some bits for that drill I can have if he ever fines them.

I’ll post a picture of it.

-- I'm a twisted 2x4 in a pile of straight lumber.

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#10 posted 08-18-2012 01:24 AM

This is the most shocking post I have seen, apart from a band saw without any guards, the owner was so proud to show in a video posted here on LJ,s.

I will give you $1.00 and send $5.00 to the SPCA if you post a picture of the drill going in the dump truck.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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Emma Walker

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#11 posted 08-18-2012 01:38 AM

How about I just take a piece out of the motor so that it doesn’t run any more. You don’t have to send me a dollar. My dad freaked when I let a guy from the internet give me and mail me a small vice that thumb screws to a table top. He said the next time I do that he’s going to shot my computer.

-- I'm a twisted 2x4 in a pile of straight lumber.

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#12 posted 08-18-2012 01:47 AM

U R LUCKY!! I have only seen one guy hung up on a drill that couldn’t let loose. Fortunately, we got him unplugged.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 08-18-2012 01:49 AM

Smart dad.

I vote, cut the cord.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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Emma Walker

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#14 posted 08-18-2012 01:53 AM

Here’s the old drill I was talking about… and an old scribe I found in an abanded shead in the woods. Also I’m making another carrier box. I designed this myself. I’m going to put a 7in. box on each end of the middle box with only the handle going across the middle box.

-- I'm a twisted 2x4 in a pile of straight lumber.

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#15 posted 08-18-2012 01:55 AM

Had a distant relative that died from such a drill. Not worth the chance. Cut the cord and toss it. dollar is a low price for a good lesson.

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