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  • #4046

    Daryl Rosenblatt
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    My son bought a Black and Decker cordless drill (a very cheap one, he doesn’t use it much), and he has a drill bit stuck in the chuck. I went over things with him on Skype (he lives in the midwest), but it seems the drill bit won’t budge. I was there last week, and used to to hang stuff, and did find the chuck not the greatest (it is, as I said, a cheap drill). And advice on how to get the chuck to open and free the bit?

  • #4047

    Joe Bottigliere
    Participant

    Is it a key or hand chuck? Sometimes a keyed chuck gets the gearing screwed up (cheap chuck). In both cases, if the bit was installed crooked, it simply has jammed up. Extra torque might be all that is necessary but you probably tried that already. I’ve been able to free up the chuck by banging the jaws. You can use a screw driver placed on one of the jaws and bang it down with a hammer. You’ll have to secure the drill somehow. I’d be careful holding the drill and screwdriver while hitting it. It’s pretty easy to have one slip and watch as the screwdriver plow its way into your hand. (Don’t ask how I know that.) But it does work. If the gears are crossed, though, it will be pretty tough to free them up.

  • #4061
    Ben Nawrath
    Ben Nawrath
    Participant

    Second Joe’s chuck banging. You could also put the nose of one of those chuck fingers down on a hard surface (so the bit is hanging off the side) and smack the drill with your hand, if securing the drill is the tricky part.

  • #4077

    Bill Leonhardt
    Participant

    I’ve no idea if this would work, but it’s easy to try. Put the drill in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for a day or so. Take it out and leave it in the sun. See if anything loosened up.

    All you would lose is time (unless your wife finds out you put tools in HER freezer).

  • #4078

    Charlie James
    Participant

    Whack the drill bit with a hammer. If it breaks you’ve lost a drill bit but you’ll get the drill back. You may have to break the bit anyway. Try WD-40 into the chuck first, see what happens…

  • #4081

    Joe Bottigliere
    Participant

    I don’t, Charlie. Sounds real risky. I would never trust Daryl with a can of WD-40!

  • #4082

    Daryl Rosenblatt
    Participant

    I resent that remark. I am thinking of writing a cookbook with my discoveries: 365 ways to cook with WD 40.

    You can saute with it in a cast iron pan and never worry about rust.
    You can roast with it, and the beef will slide right down into your tummy and right out again,
    You can fry with it, knowing you can cut pieces in the pan with a knife already lubed.

    So many good things. I will hold a signing party during a meeting.

  • #4083

    Edward Dillon
    Participant

    What if you just buy him a real drill and new bit ?
    Then you could either find a use for it in your recipe with
    WD 40 or bring it into the tool swap !

  • #4084

    Charlie James
    Participant

    Then what would we write about?

  • #4088

    Edward Dillon
    Participant

    Oops !
    Didn’t see that as a possibility .

  • #4089
    Jim Moloney
    Jim Moloney
    Participant

    Don’t let Daryl cook at the picnic.

  • #4090

    Charlie James
    Participant

    Daryl said he was going to make a giant vat of Paella and Joe P is going to bake 100 loaves of Italian bread…Should be a fine meal…

  • #4109
    Steve Fulgoni
    Steve Fulgoni
    Participant

    Don’t Spoil it …. “Kroil” it ….. much better than WD-40

    Trivia question …. who knows what the WD stands for in WD-40 (no Googling)

  • #4112

    Joe Pascucci
    Moderator

    Wire drier, 40th formula.

  • #4114

    Daryl Rosenblatt
    Participant

    Noah doesn’t live around here, it’s hard to tell him to get a can of Kroil (mine is fairly large considering), and Kroil cost more than his drill.

  • #4115

    Charlie James
    Participant

    Never heard of Kroil….

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