Since I was younger I always have worked with tools. We grew up in a neighborhood with 30 boys and 4 girls, so we learned to use them. As I got older my tool box was always full and I fixed a lot of the issues in my apartments and built my own furniture. I even had to take construction courses as part of my major – so working with tools is nothing new.
Ryobi sent me one of their 18V Lithium-Ion One+ Drill Kits to review – let’s just say it was love at first drill!
I’ve mentioned before that we live in an old house, it’s over 70 years old now. Some features are original to the house, others have been updated. And while some repairs have been quick and easy – it appears the last owners did many of them wrong and poorly.
One of their poor repairs, that has been driving me nuts is the drawer in the kitchen. Yes, it’s our junk drawer but they somehow screwed up the track system. Used the wrong type of screw and it has been tilted and wonky for years now.
I carefully removed the drawer and scoped out the full problem. Not only had the track fallen somewhere in to the drawers below, but the area the screw was suppose to secure to was completed tore up. The biggest problem I found – they had the wrong sized screw, it didn’t even fit the hole to in the metal track.
Once the drawers were removed it was easy to take the original track put it back where it belonged. I had picked up some new screws and made sure we had the proper fit. I secured it screw in with the Ryobi drill and made sure it was tightly in place. It was a simple project and didn’t take me more than a few minutes.
Once the track was fitted in, I slide the drawers back into their place. I think the whole project took me under twenty minutes and I used the original hardware that worked with the drawers – I didn’t even have to retro-fit a new track system.
I have to admit, not only am I excited to have a fully functional drawer again, I’m shocked it was so easy. Had I had to use a hand screw-driver it would have taken me much longer and probably would have been much more frustrating!
It’s so nice to have a tool that has the extra “oomph” behind it I wouldn’t be able to do myself. Not all of my projects in the house are ones that I would be able to do myself. There are some I wouldn’t be able to do on my own.
I’ve investigated what the problem was, and it appears that the support board for the back was never properly secured . It appears they took several attempts at nailing it in and missed each time!
When I called the company about warranty options and getting it repaired they told me that it would charge me around $200 just to investigate the problem – not including repair… Now, I’m frugal and that isn’t an option! Instead I went about fixing it myself. All it needed was to be secured right? I went out and picked up a small bag of screws that would lock into the composite board and went home to get to work.
I sat the chair back up and tested the back – not only did it stay in place but it has since I fixed it. It was a cheap fix and it is more secure than when we picked it up at the warehouse!
The Ryobi 18V Lithium Drill has a lot of power behind it and it doesn’t have a large amount of kick back while you’re working. It powered through layers of composite board and repaired problems in our house both large and small. It is definitely a go-to tool for me when doing in home repairs, and I love how easy and quick each project is for me!
You can purchase the Ryobi 18V Lithium Drill Kit at your local Home Depot store or on Amazon. It is a great addition to your tool kit for repairs around the house or your upcoming home improvement project.
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