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Unread 02-12-2005, 02:20 PM   #1
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Is electricity affected by gravity?

So this is kind of bizarre... I have an old Makita drill.... I mean OLD - 20 yrs + of solid service. (huge plug for Makita). Recently I put it to the test with a boatload of CBU screws. I've been expecting it to die any time, but it keeps going... until today.

I hit the trigger and no go. Raise it up to investigate with the trigger still depressed. Once it's above my waist, it spins. Drop it back down, it stops. Yes - I did this about 20 times - totally perplexed.

Looked to see if the plug was lo ose, nope. Held the cord steady and re-ran my test. Above the waist, on, below, off.

Then I noticed that the wall plug is about my waist height. So I plugged it in to a floor outlet ( 12" off the floor). Same thing. Above the outlet, on, below the outlet off. Tried this on about 5 different height outlets around the house.

The whole time, the trigger was locked "ON" - so I wasn't even hitting the trigger, and I held the cord firmly to make sure it wasn't wiggling. I tilted the drill from side to side, but that had no effect.

WHAT THE #$*%(#? So I started to look for a hidden camera... nope.

Ever see this? I assumed the bushings were shot... but i cannot rule out gravity?

What gives?
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Unread 02-12-2005, 02:54 PM   #2
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I think thats what they call a "flash back"' you from the 60s??Did you hear purple haze in the background?..How about colored lights and a sweet smell in the air...Might want to tape your finger nails so you dont hurt your self..What ever you do don't look into a mirror!!!Now breath,breath...slower.
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Unread 02-12-2005, 03:00 PM   #3
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1. stop cocktailing your viagra with your iron supplement.
2. with wiener in left hand knock self sharply on back of head with peen hammer with right hand. this should reinstate your polarity and degauss your system.
3. check the connections at both ends of the wire.
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Unread 02-12-2005, 03:07 PM   #4
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You might not be crazy ...yet. I would get it running and start bending the cord starting at the drill. Sounds like there is a broken wire, normally at one end or the other
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Could be gravity

It could be gravity. My first thought is that the brushes are worn out and by moving the drill you allow gravity to aid the brush contact. The other possibility is there is a loose connection and again gravity allows contact to be made. Hope this helps.

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Well I guess that might do it to..
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it's not the cord

I assumed the brushes too. Oddly when I came down from my acid trip - it's still happening

The slighest movement (1") above the level of the outlet and its on.

Go figure . Just glad I have a backup.
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yea I new it was that the whole time!!
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Question

does it run on 220 or 221?

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Unread 02-12-2005, 07:55 PM   #10
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I think it's time to get a new one. I had one that did that, then one day when I was using it all of a sudden poof smoke came pouring out of the back. Fried.
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Its winter out. Are you draining the cord so it doesn't freeze....
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Obviously, I've been around here since the onset, and this is one of the funniest threads I've ever read. Very good comments all around -- I even include Jeremy.

It opens a dialog on electricity, though, that isn't often engaged. We don't know what the hell electricity is, and furthermore, we don't know what gravity is. We know how to produce both, but we understand the essence of neither.

Therefore, . . . . it's very possible the Makita was designed to work at those heights all along, and the fact that it once worked at different heights was merely a malfunction.

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Unread 02-12-2005, 09:47 PM   #13
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So, when you drill in reverse, does it put all the wood shavings back in place? Reminds me of an old AC/DC LP I used to play backwards. creapy man.

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Unread 02-12-2005, 09:51 PM   #14
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Reminds me of 20 questions

happens in both foward and reverse
runs on 110
uh, yea, I drain the cord every winter
no smoke

I was using it to tighten a chair tonight. I had to put the chair up on the table.

I already have 2 more... 1: 1/2" for mixing stuff, and a 14.4 cordless. (and they work at all elevations.
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Tie your pig tails tighter.
Slantier Eyes.
Make it feel more at home.
I have Makitas and have never experience this.
Am I closer to the Equator?
Is your power supplier buying voltage generated with a source of WMD?
Do the screws in your house untap themselves?
Do you dream of Devils Tower?
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