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Old 08-20-2009, 07:11 AM   #16
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...... just go buy a cheap one from Big Lots or Harbor Freight Tools......
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:33 AM   #17
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Their flier at the local store here had them on sale for $28 until the end of the month. Harbor Freight is constantly putting things on 'sale' to keep traffic churning. I bought a 3 pound sledge for $5 the other day, marked down from $10. The list price on the hammer drill maybe $40, but that particular item is always less than $30 here at the Louisville store, same as their 4.5 Amp reciprocating saw, which lists for $40, but is always on "sale" for $25.
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If you don't first remove the screws and anchors, when you push the box back against the wall, the the attached screws may push back inside the box and short something out.
If there's even a chance of that happening, I'm the one it would happen to. lol

Last winter I was on a ladder in the same room, wrapping the seams on the ducts. I bumped the ceiling light fixture with my elbow, shorted it out and took out the power to that half of the basement.

Thanks again. I'll take the cover off the box first, lift the receptacle and push the screws into the adhesive. With the power off, of course.
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Now, who would be stupid enough to go out and buy or rent a hammer drill for two holes? Remove the cover and receptacle. Pull out the old screws and anchors. Put new screws and anchors in that are one or two sizes bigger.
If you have to, you can move the box a little left or right and drill new holes. A regular drill with a good masonry drill bit will work just fine. You do not need a hammer drill for two holes. It's easier but not required.
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Now, who would be stupid enough to go out and buy or rent a hammer drill for two holes?
The thing of it is, is that once you buy it, suddenly you wonder how you got by without it. Once you have a tool, you seem to use it a lot. (At least I do.) I bought a 1/2 inch breaker bar because it was on sale, then not too long ago the serpentine belt on my car needed to be replaced and the breaker bar was just the tool for the job. I also have used that tool several times on hard bolts I have had to remove. Yeah, my 1/2 inch socket wrench would have worked, but the breaker bar makes things like taking apart my children's rusted swing set (or getting off my car's serpentine belt) quite easy.

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That's true. I bought a power washer to clean my deck a long time ago. I end up using it two or three times every year. All the big yard toys and the swingset get a black coating on them from the black walnut trees, so it comes in handy.
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In the (as we call it) useto days, we would drive in a tight plug of wood with glue on it and then screw into the wood.
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