If you need a power drill, try to borrow one if you can. Most neighbors have them.
Are you aware that the average life of a power drill is 4 minutes? Seriously, the average person uses their drill for 4 minutes (actual power surging through the device to do something like drill a hole).
When I thought about how often a drill is used in the first place and how
long my finger is on the trigger (a few seconds), that seemed to be accurate.
The reason I say this: I found it to be pretty
wasteful to purchase one. Not just in terms of money, but in terms of
everything that goes into a drill. The manufacturing, transportation
and carbon output just to get this tool to sit on a dusty shelf in a
The guy/gal next to you almost surely has one begging for use right next door.
Just remember not to be the neighbor that doesn’t return tools ;)
I got this idea from listening to a video on Inhabitat
(www.inhabitat.com) and listening to the founder of Core 77
(www.core77.com). There was a suggestion in the video of creating a community ‘rental/borrowing’ program where people could borrow tools like this for brief use. I thought it was a good idea for anyone looking for one.