Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
Need to buy small refrigerator to store batteries.
With AZ daily triple digit temperatures my Ni-Cad batteries are self-destructing with-in 6 months of purchase and its getting too costly to replace them. I even had to replace a Rigid Cordless Drill because I left it out in the sun for a few days and now the clutch is blown out. The motor turns but the chuck just makes noise. I just bought a new battery a few months ago and Iím just not sure if itís going to survive and will not know for sure until the new drill is here.
My shop is cooled with an evaporator cooler, but only if the humidity is less than 20-30% depending on the ambient temps. I also have a portable AC unit for when I actually have to work during the heat of the day, but I avoid it and usually get up at 4 AM to do any work. Now that Iím fully retired and living on a fixed income, I really donít want to run an AC 24/7 in the shop especially if Iím not using it.
Another option is building a cabinet inside my house which is fully Air conditioned for the cordless tool. Thatís going to be a hassle going into the house every time I need a tool plus my wife isnít too keen about it.
Iím a die hard DIY guy. Donít tell me to hire someone for what I can do myself.