I'm not sure why but I've been wreaking havoc on tools of late. So I guess the latest crew stories should be about me. In order to protect the guilty I'm not going to use my own name in this post, only my initials - Clare Kines.
The second tool I wrecked wasn't really my fault, at least I don't think so. I was affixing plywood strips to the kitchen floor yesterday in preparation for the in-floor heating. I was ready to shut down for the day and was trying to screw one last strip in place when the battery on Gary's new Hitachi cordless drill died. Not wanting to leave the job undone I went and got a new battery for it. I should point out that I had been using my cordless Black and Decker when it's battery died, rather than replace the battery I grabbed Gary's drill.
I only had two more screws to put in when I returned with the spare battery, so in no time I was finished for the day, unfortunately so was Gary's drill. When I drove the second screw home
Gary's drill began smoking. I mean smoking! I was actually scared to set it down in case it caught something on fire. This is the second expensive new drill of Gary's to bite the dust on the project, his Makita apparently beyond repair. Luckily my $129 Black and Decker is still going, perhaps there is a lesson there.
I'm afraid I can't claim innocence on the first tool I did in this past week. Well actually it's not the tool, but its blade. Ali came to me on Friday and asked what the roof angle was as he wanted to cut a drywall sanding sponge to fit. I was at Gary's miter saw at the time, so I took the sponge and said I'd do it for him. I set the angle on the saw and merrily cut the block to the 28.45 degree angle. But I missed a bit of it with the angle, so I cut it a second time.
Who'd of known cutting through a highly abrasive material would completely dull a blade.