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Old 03-24-2007, 02:33 PM   #1
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So I was trying to work on my kegerator. I was cutting the metal on the inside top using my Dremel and a metal cutting tool. I got MAYBE 7" along when all of a sudden the Dremel stopped and a TON of smoke came out of it. Now it won't work.

WTF happened?
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Old 03-24-2007, 02:37 PM   #2
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Sounds like you blew it up.

Don't go to a sword fight with a jack-knife.

You need an angle grinder for this job. It will be the best 15-20 dollars you ever spend, TRUST ME.

Do you have a Harbor Freight near you? It'll be worth the trip.
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Old 03-24-2007, 02:41 PM   #3
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It's pretty hard to get the smoke back inside those Dremels...

Dude's right, you need to get a bigger gun.
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Old 03-24-2007, 02:41 PM   #4
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Harbor freight is the best place to pick up a tool you'll only use once in a while. I'll never buy a 'high quality' air tool again-- just buy one off tools at $15 a pop and if it breaks, pitch it.
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Old 03-24-2007, 02:45 PM   #5
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Home Depot is going to allow me to return it for a new one! And I think I'm going to look at one of them angle grinder things while I'm there - no need to have this happen twice.
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Old 03-24-2007, 03:37 PM   #6
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Rep ++ to Home Depot.

Not only did they allow me to return a Dremel that I had killed, without out a receipt, but they also let me take some of the parts from the old Dremel kit that weren't in the new one I got (since they changed pricing on the models).

I picked up a Ryobi angle grinder for $30 and a couple of metal cutting discs. The nearest Harbor Freight is about 10 miles away and I figured that since I was already at HD, might as well just get it.

Now I don't have time to work on my kegerator. Gotta get cleaned up for annother fun-filled days with <sigh> the in-laws.
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Old 03-24-2007, 03:48 PM   #7
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Sweet.

That angle grinder will be one of your favorite toys. Now you are that much closer to a metal brew stand. DO IT!
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Old 03-24-2007, 03:59 PM   #8
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Like the Chairman said when the factory smoke gets out it's tough to get it back in.!!!!

 
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Old 03-24-2007, 07:35 PM   #9
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What are you doing to that poor fridge? The sheet metal on my Sanyo is like paper.

I've gone though 3 Dremels now, but it's taken me over 30 years to do so. Use the speed and don't lean on them. You can get some big heavy duty reinforced abrasive discs at hobby shops. These will do some serious damage to sheet metal. I used them to rework radiator mounts on my car project. That being said, when I want to do some heavier work, the Chicago Electric die grinder from HF is a real brute.
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Old 03-24-2007, 07:38 PM   #10
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I never could stand any tools from Harbor Freight. I'd rather buy a tool once and have it be nicer every time I use it. Of course, I use tools a lot, but 3 months after the fact, I never failed to regret buying a tool at HF.

Most of the Craftsman tools I buy are crap too.
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