I did something clever today! (kinda long)
I was out in the garage...just straightening up a lil bit...and my "old" Craftsman drill was on the workbench. I call it "old" because its since been replaced. I bought it probably 6 or 7 years ago. I got the 3 year extended warranty on it, ang guess what? it broke after 2 years and 364 days! hehehe
Anyway, to the point. All 4 battery packs have died over the years, so I went to buy a new battery a few weeks ago...I went to sears...and thebattery pack is no longer stocked, it would take weeks to get, blah blah blah....Discouraged I left...stopped at Homeless Depot on theway home and bought a new 18V cordless Dewalt...best thing I ever did. So I have this perfectly good, lightly used drill laying around that I cant use...I offered it to friends and family alike for FREE, along with the charger and case...but nobody wanted to spend the $70 for a battery.
It then dawned on me...the drill was 12 volt...and my truck is 12 volt! So i disassembled one of the battery packs, removed like 10 C size batteries that were wired together, and soldered 25 feet of 14 gauge wire to each terminal. I went to radio shack and got a 12V accessory plug for $1, wired it in...and now my drill is 12 volts again, ao long as there is a vehicle within 25 feet! It gets turbocharged when youstart the engine and put out 14V...hahaha
Now that I knew it worked, I took the "modified" battery pack apart, drilled two holes in the bottom, one for the wire to come out, and another for a bolt, so that the wir wont pull out no matter how hard you tug on it. I also have a 12V marine weatherproof outlet mounted on my 2" receiver hitch for powering my electric cooler when its in the bed and lights and other camping gear. So now I have a corded cordless drill...now I have a drill in my wheeling toolbox!
I just thought it was a temporary stroke of genious, and wanted to share it with you guys. Maybe I saved one of you from throwing out a perfectly good tool!