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Old 03-23-2012, 05:18 AM   #1
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Hi all. Newbie here. Starting off with a bit of a 'girlie' question.

I am a bit of a home 'crafter'. Dabble in lots of things.
I love working with wood but I find I have trouble fitting drill bits to the drill tight enough that they don't fall out (and get left in the wood - or worse)
I either have to get hubby to do it if he's home or wait til he gets home from work which is really annoying

Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can hold the barrel thingy (?) more firmly so I can get my drill bits in there more securely and tighter? (And probably keep the OH happy by not breaking his drill bits )

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Old 03-23-2012, 06:20 AM   #2
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I told my "girlie" friend to use her adjustable jar opening wrench to loosen or tighten the chuck and it worked for her.

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Old 03-23-2012, 06:54 AM   #3
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Thanks mstew. Must upload my profile.

For an Aussie girl what exactly is a 'jar opening wrench'?
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If you google or seach adjustable jar opener you can find many different types. Just find one either fixed or with a handle and rubber strap that will lock. Here is a pic of one i found real quick. Just use it to grab and tighten or loosen the drill chuck. Also comes in handy with those stubburn pickle jars..lol

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Pliers, vice-grips, or change out the chuck to one with a key.

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Hi all. Newbie here. Starting off with a bit of a 'girlie' question.

I am a bit of a home 'crafter'. Dabble in lots of things.
I love working with wood but I find I have trouble fitting drill bits to the drill tight enough that they don't fall out (and get left in the wood - or worse)
I either have to get hubby to do it if he's home or wait til he gets home from work which is really annoying

Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can hold the barrel thingy (?) more firmly so I can get my drill bits in there more securely and tighter? (And probably keep the OH happy by not breaking his drill bits )

Cheers
Depending on the drill.. some of the cheaper battery types haven't got a locking (ratcheting) chuck and the bit tends to come loose no matter what you do. My Black and Decker 18V is terrible and the Ryobi I just got rid of was almost as bad. I have Makita's now and they are great, Hitachi and deWalt also have a good chucks. You can tell the difference by when you install the bit, Just twist the chuck a bit by hand and you will hear a faint clicking noise as it locks in position.
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Pliers, vice-grips, or change out the chuck to one with a key.

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My vote goes for a Jacobs chuck with a key,can be done for under $30 in most cases and be reused on another drill
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put in reverse and just grip it.... what brand drill is it ? I can hear mine click as it tightens.
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put in reverse and just grip it.... what brand drill is it ? I can hear mine click as it tightens.
Cheap ones don't, at least my Wally World Black and Decker and Home Depot Ryobi didn't. My DeWalts, Makita's and Hitachi's do. The lady is in Australia so I have no idea what she has available nor what the cost is.
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put in reverse and just grip it.....
That, ggold, is my whole problem. I can't grip it tight enough
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That, ggold, is my whole problem. I can't grip it tight enough
Is it because the chuck is slippery?
I purposely roughed mine up,and after 3 years of hard use I removed the chuck and roughed up the inside of it because the blades became polished and wouldn't hold a bit tight.
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Yes! Ravenworks. That is exactly the problem.

Must be my hands are too soft and smooth Though I don't know why with all the mosaic tiling, painting, gardening etc I've been doing lately.

And its a Hitachi. It's a great drill - just hard for small hands to grip tight.

Maybe I could use a piece of fine sandpaper to hold it? Or one of those non slippy grippy cloths?
That might help a bit.
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Try a piece of coarse scotch bright that way if it doesn't work you didn't scuff up your chuck

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