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    So I have a little project to do. One I have never tackled before. So what do I do, I go to the internet and look it up on You-tube! Just like everyone else.

    I click the first video and within 30 seconds I hear the words, "this is my first attempt at this!"

    I skip that one I don't want lessons from a newbie, I want some experienced help.

    Video #2, ten seconds in, "I have never done this before but here we go!"

    Video #3, "stick with me while we learn this together!"

    Video #4. goes all the way to the end before they rejoice with, "not bad for a first try!"

    I'm trying to fix something that has a little value and can not be replaced, they don't make them any more! I want to do it right, but all I find are people with ten thumbs playing with an old "Operation" game, waiting to see if it buzzes.

    I went back to my last two or three project searches and realized that I have been taking advice from morons for quite some time. Every one of them on a "first try" and filming it!

    Is posting a You-tube video becoming the new version of "Here hold my beer!" for middle class suburbanites?

    I guess the people that really know how to do stuff are busy doing things, rather than posing for some ego boosting, electronic masturbation session!
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    We are becoming more British. In a decidedly terrible American way. They post some weird "I've never done this before" stuff on Youtube and now we're doing it. I watched some guy wire up a monitor for his RV battery system using the finest electrical tape for the connections man ever made. Then placed it all right next to metal so if that tape came off or degraded there was sure to be a resounding pop and maybe a nice fire since it was straight from the battery with no fuse in between. I wonder how many "newbies" are going to go out and do it the same way. Just twist those puppies together and cover with tape. It makes you wonder how they've made it through life as far as they have without Darwin catching up with them.

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    That Darwin guy is a bad mo fo when he catches you not paying attention. I did the cable straight from the battery thing. I ran two 2 gage cables from the battery through the firewall, along the door jamb on the drivers side, and into the back seat floorboard for my 1200 W inverter. The inverter worked great, everything worked great until one day when I stepped on the cable clamp hold the cables one too many times. It only need a tiny cut in the insulation to ground out in the most spectacular way. I managed to pull the cable away from its ground and put the fire out without too much damage being done. I learned about fuses and their importance that day.

    kyrat, what is your project? Maybe I can go give it a try and take pictures on the second time around...

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    It is a simple project now that I did check into it.

    About 30 years ago I bought a Craftsman 3/8" v/speed drill. I got it because I was tired of the B&D crap they were suddenly making back then, going from metal to plastic and lasting about a year for me.

    The Craftsman had a "lifetime" guarantee, which is no longer applicable. All Craftsman stuff did back then.

    Of course I used the crap out of that drill for going on 30 years, built a couple of houses with it, shot all the screws in a couple of very large deck projects and such. It's speed control and torque setting was perfect for driving those big deck screws without snapping them or buggering up the slots, and it had a cord, so it never gave out just before you finished and had to be recharged.

    A couple of years ago I decided to drill some 1/2 inch holes through some rail road cross ties so I could stake them to the ground with rebar. The poor thing gave up half way through the job. Heated up and started sparking out. I burned up the bushes.

    I jumped into the truck and ran to HF and got a 1/2" hammer drill like I should have in the first place. The HF drill only cost $25 and is about twice as big!

    I had never replaced a set of drill brushes and I was looking to see what the project included. I would love to get some more life out of that drill.

    Since it is a 30 year old model I will probably have to order the contacts and springs.

    Really odd thing is that when I buy an electric motor powered device from HF they usually include a set of springs and brushes in the box, and I never know what to do with them. I still expect my tools to last for long enough that I will not remember where I put the spare repair parts that came in the box when they wear out!
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    Replacing brushes on your drill is simple. I've never done it before, but let me give it a go and put it on Youtube for the world to see.
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