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Old 02-07-2013, 08:46 PM   #16
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Then use a core drill bit.

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Old 02-07-2013, 08:51 PM   #17
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Bigskytool has an SDS hammer drill for $40 right now.
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:37 PM   #18
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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.
I'm just a weekend warrior when it comes to home fixit/improvements, but if I need to use plug-in tools I just keep a 12 gauge extension cord in the work area for all tools (e.g., saws, sanders, my old Dewalt drill, lighting, etc.).

Faster than walking back to the wall outlet for plugging/unplugging each tool and I haven't noticed power issues by adding another 15-20' to the run.

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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.

Just make sure the drill you are using is lower than the receptacle its plugged into, 'juice' runs down hill better.
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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.
Wow, what a novel idea. Wish I'd thought of it.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:38 AM   #21
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We can trade. I have a drill with a 12 ft cord. My outlets are very close together. You may have seen my thread "need for more 2' power cords". I have been getting tangled up in the super long 12' cords and it is becoming a safety hazard. I am also getting a lot of voltage drop at the end of this 12' cord.
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I can see the OPs point. Un fact, I saw the point about 30 years ago. Every one of my portable power tools has a 25' cord on it.

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Old 03-02-2013, 02:44 PM   #23
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The Ridgid with a 12' cord had a warning about washing after touching it because of lead and I wasn't able to join the Ridgid forum for some reason so I bought the best reconditioned hammer drill I could find - a Bosch HD19-2. Turns out it has a 12' cord but it's not mentioned in the specs or manual. The cord is barely long enough when plugged into the bathroom outlet, just as I calculated.
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:57 PM   #24
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Interestingly I had this same problem just this week.

I bought a 15" planer with a 8' power cord. It wasn't long enough to reach anyplace I could put an outlet. I had some flexible cable, so I tried to change the power cord; but it wasn't obvious how to get the old cord off. So I made a 2' 240v extension cord. Looks silly, but it works.

You might try that.
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I already have a one footer. A 13' cord would be ideal, but I think 12' works for me. I actually heed the warnings about using as short a cord as possible, to use extensions only temporarily, etc. I'm even skeptical about the unpluggable cords on some tools. I think hard wired is best.
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I thought it was against code to plug hammer drills into bathroom outlets as the water washes away the juice.
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I could see it being against some code because the light switch powers that outlet and I don't know the consequences of accidentally shutting off the power in the middle of drilling. It's probably more likely to get the bit stuck, and I wonder if it's bad for the tool. I already looked up the amps of 60 watt bulbs and the amps that bathroom light fixtures take and no problems there.
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I thought it was against code to plug hammer drills into bathroom outlets as the water washes away the juice.
Only if it's not on a GFCI......that way the water and juice will have the same current.
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I don't have a GFCI in the bathroom. I'll just keep the seat down and make sure everything is dry.
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There is a little known secret to making sure extension cords don't zap your power....

Take the cord and make sure there are no loops...you want it as straight as possible. That way you reduce any potential magnetic inductance to a minimum.

Case in point...you know how a transformer works....so when you leave the extension cord coiled up it acts like a transformer and reduces the power available on the load side.

So straighten out that extension cord and let the electrons have a straighter shot at the load.

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