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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-15-2019, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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Whatís it for. Itís a drill. I know itís a drill, whatís it for. Drilling I ventured. Oh god I know itís for drilling she almost shouted. Donít you have fifty drills in the workshop already. No thatís a slight exaggeration I countered, nearer twenty I muttered.

To set the scene for you guys, sometimes in the UK like minded people get up early on Sunday morning car parks where a car boot sale is advertised, very much like our cousins garage sale but all the wares are piled on to a wall papering tables and sold to whoever shows up.

Well last Sunday we ventured to our local one and low and behold there before me looking lost and forlorn was a Hilti TE10 percussion sds drill. It was calling out my name to save it. I could see it had not a hard life just treated badly, very much like my own circumstances.

I asked the price and was given a £15. The reason being it was 110v site drill and no use to the diyíer as we use 240v in the UK. However I had kitted out my workshop in both voltages

I found my good wife and quickly extolled the virtues of owning such a magnificent machine. Which brings me to. Whatís it for.

Now at this point I needed time to formalise my reasons for owning a new drill and she knew it with quick fire questions leaving little manoeuvre. Does it have reverse, is it two speed, whatís the percussion rate. God I was screwed.

Desperation set in and I played my only ace card.

You know that hanging flower basket you wanted, yes, well this is the very drill for the job. How so she enquired, why not one you already have.

This is a high level drill. Whatís a high level drill she asked. One you can use off a ladder I offered. My other drills are for ground level only. The look on her face told me she wasnít convinced.

I pushed on, my other drills are double insulated in that they donít have an earth and they use my body to earth them, thatís why you have to be on the ground, in order to earth them.

So whats the difference with this one she asked, suspicion still echoing in her voice. This one has a three core cable with a built in earth, so if you are up a wooden ladder, say fitting a flower basket for random example, you can still work safely without getting electrocuted, and you donít want that that to happen to me do you. No she said with a little to much hesitation for my liking.

So if you buy this drill I can get my hanging basket and you wonít get a shock she offered. Thatís about it I answered.

The stall holder who had been witness to this husband/wife interaction, just took my money and shook his head, not offering any insight that would affect his sale of the very rare high level drill.

So lads got it home and set about it. Tried it out and it worked but sounded rough, and it wouldnít release the percussion, ie no normal drill.

After strip down to last nut and bolt, completely cleaned out all lubrications, grease etc and found that it must have had a fall as the lever for engaging the percussion was out of place.

Checked the motor brushes and they were almost new, which made me suspect it had been sold due to lever not engaging.

Well a couple of days later I had it rebuilt and itís working well and will now have to install a hanging basket with my very special one off drill.

Before I leave you a few words regarding my condition. As you know I was given the honour of a contributor of the month a few months back, but unfortunately succumbed to a wood turning accident which I documented in a past post, which required a stay in hospital and some surgery, which effectively took me out of action for a considerable time.

I am now on the mend and this is my first post I have been able to submit, mainly because the accident affected my hand.

Still got a couple of months therapy to go, but getting there and looking forward to getting back into the forum again.

And my good wife isnít making her sausage rolls today. She decided on pies, another Scottish delicacy filled with Aberdeen Angus steak and mince.

Life is good again.

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Hope you're recovery is proceeding well, Colin!
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The photo of the drill seems to show a drill in exceptional condition. If all it needed was to fix that lever, I think you did very well. Hilti is a very high quality tool here.

My wife's side of the family is from Scotland, and my mother-in-law used to make those pies. They were a real delicacy, and I can't seem to get my wife to make them. I guess I will have to just imagine eating some of them.

Your way of justifying new tools with the wife impresses me, but fortunately I'm not faced with the same problem. She lets me buy any tools that I want, as long as it doesn't affect the family finances or mealtime.


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For 15 Pounds I would have considered posting it across the pond to here. You should feel badly as you practically stole it from it's former owner.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Nice buy Colin! Very, ahhh, inventive with the reason for the purchase. Hope the wife never finds out the truth mate. As you know those Scottish lasses can be quite a handful and downright savage!!! My wife's grandmother was Scottish. She was 5 foot nothing and a terror!!
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Must learn that off verbatim, for my next tool purchase......LOL
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Good to see you on the mend and back in action. Well done.

Good luck with the hanging basket.

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Missed you Colin. Not sure of your woodworking skills, but your writing ability is a treat.
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Glad to be able to read one of your stories again Colin! They are entertaining. Best wishes in the healing process.
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I wondered where your posts were. Hope the road to recovery is getting easier. Seems your persuasion skills are still sharp. But I have learned an important lesson from you, if all Scottish women are like your wife I don't stand a chance in conversation. She's a sharp one she is.

Keep up the good fight and get better soon.
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