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Old 02-07-2013, 07:17 PM   #1
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I'd hardly consider a required outlet every 12' a design issue or for convenience
I install my outlets every 6' or less
I have to drill in the hall closet of a 1960s building and the two nearest outlets are 11-12 feet away, and probably about 18' away from each other. I guess the building code for outlet spacing was very different in 1960s New York City. I decided that cordless drills aren't worth the cost for me because the batteries don't last long enough, and my corded options were very limited. For a hammer drill with a 12' cord, I could get a very expensive Milwaukee or a $140 Ridgid ($100 reconditioned). I could also buy a 25' replacement cord for one of those drills with unpluggable cords, or use an extension cord, but I didn't like those options. We need more drills with 12' cords.

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Ok we'll get right on that.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:24 PM   #3
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Last week I heard something about someone making a sort of extension cord, for lack of a better term. Anyway, it has prongs on one end, and a single receptacle on the other. The idea is that when you are too far away from an receptacle, you can use this "extension cord" at a temporary solution. From what I remember, they come in a variety of lengths.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:35 PM   #4
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But that would be to logacal.
I bet anyone that works with tools for a living may even have more then one of them.
Bet it would be cheaper then having to have have a truck full of nothing but drills with differant lenght cords on them.
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I want to drill a 1" hole in concrete with a hammer drill. I need all the juice and as little heat as I could get. Outlet spacing needs to be considered when designing cord length and it's like nobody knows there are outlets out there spaced so far apart.
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And how would any company know how far apart your outlets are?
Just go buy a 12 gauge extention cord like we all do.
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I decided that cordless drills aren't worth the cost for me because the batteries don't last long enough,
Unless the cordless drills you have been using are very old or you are drilling concrete all day, it's hard to believe you aren't satisfied with the battery life. Good quality drills with a pair of batteries should get you through just about anything, even if you have to swap batteries a couple of times. And some of those 18v drills have way more power than many corded tools.
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I want to drill a 1" hole in concrete with a hammer drill. I need all the juice and as little heat as I could get. Outlet spacing needs to be considered when designing cord length and it's like nobody knows there are outlets out there spaced so far apart.
You have GOT to be kidding.
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You have GOT to be kidding.
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I bought two Dewalt 14.4 volt tools about 15 years ago for about $400 and that 15 years went by a little too quickly considering the cost and the infrequent use. One battery is no longer rechargeable and the other one is close to it. I'd have to spend $200 on a new XRP battery (they don't make XRs any more) and charger, or I could get a corded 8.5 amp hammer drill for $100 reconditioned or $140 new. I'm going for the corded hammer drill.
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You have GOT to be kidding.
I'm talking about 1" in diameter, not depth. It can be done without breaking the "rules" about maximum hole diameter if you make two pilot holes. I won't do this often, so I intend to break the rules and only make one. Most people tell me to get a rotary hammer, some say I could do it now and then if I go slowly.
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This is getting stranger by the post.
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I'm talking about 1" in diameter, not depth. It can be done without breaking the "rules" about maximum hole diameter if you make two pilot holes. I won't do this often, so I intend to break the rules and only make one. Most people tell me to get a rotary hammer, some say I could do it now and then if I go slowly.
I assumed it was 1" diameter. Easy process. You could have had the hole drilled in less time than the drama you're creating. Rent a rotary hammer and bit.
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Your trying to drill a 1" hole with a reguler drill, not a hammer drill?
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Your trying to drill a 1" hole with a reguler drill, not a hammer drill?
I may try rotary mode first when I get the hammer drill. Less chance of cracking plaster if it works (mesh and concrete are under the plaster). I'll do something about the mesh so the masonry bit won't touch it. But I'm pretty sure I'll switch to hammer drilling.
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