Saturday, July 30, 2011
Drilling Without Electricity
Unless you have invested in those solar panels and charging system...or have some other means to charge your electric drill...you may be dead in the water to drill anything in a timely manner. Which may not seem like a big deal...until you actually need to do it!
If you were to take a walk through grandpas carpentry shop back in the day you likely would have seen some hand crank contraption used to drill. It might have been in a "U" shape...or a type that used a corkscrew...or maybe an "egg beater" style. If you are lucky you might pick one of those up at a garage sale. Many of them were really well made and will work as well for you as it did for grandpa.
I picked up a kind of "modern" version of grandpas that is an "egg beater" style. It is fairly inexpensive and seems pretty durable...with it's metal on metal gears...and does a good job of making holes. It also has good reviews on Amazon. It's made by Schroeder...whom I assume is a company formed by that kid who played piano on "Peanuts" after his music career didn't pan out.