The Anonymous Widower

Hail the Humble Hand Drill

The walls in my new house are probably very typical of modern houses, in that with one exception they are all plasterboard sandwiching air. So to put pictures up, the averahe picture nail is not the best and a plug and screw is better especially, if the picture is a bit weighty.

Given the fact, that my hands are a not the best, I’ve fund that a humble hand drill is the best way to drill the walls, as I have so much more control.

A Humble Hand Drill

My father had a couple of very smart hand drills, which you’d never see today.  He also had a drill chuck, with just a T-handle on it, which was ideal for making holes in delicate materials.  It was always in demand in the autumn for drilling holes in conkers.

January 11, 2011 - Posted by | World | ,


  1. I remember a bench mounted pillar drill with a large hand cranked flywheel on the RHS used to turn the chuck via contrate gears. A cam operated ratchet and pawl at the top operated a wheel that via a screw thread moved the chuck slowly downwards to drill through the item on the table below. I saw one recently in a market in Bridport (worth a visit if you are in the area), but foolishly I didn’t buy it. If there is a next time, it will be mine.

    Comment by John Wright | January 11, 2011 | Reply

  2. It looks like a Stanley 803, with the side handle. Could be a Record version with one digit difference on the code number..
    Cant tell from the photo whether it has s shaped springs in the chuck or coils.

    17 Years with Stanley..some things you cant get rid of out of mind…
    Always useful for where you cant get power…or if you need the side handle to hold steady…


    Comment by Apricot | January 11, 2011 | Reply

  3. My one is a cheap Silverline, but it’s quite well made, probably from the Stanley or Record tooling. I bought it from Mackays in Cambridge, one of the few good tool shops left!

    Comment by AnonW | January 11, 2011 | Reply

  4. My dad had one that looked very similar. Not into tools enough to remember the model though. Now if it was camcorders and vidoe software .. that would be different cos then I can be a boring techie!

    Comment by Karrie | January 11, 2011 | Reply

  5. Used to know McKays of Cambridge….

    Sad person that I am…can reel off the bandsaw blade reference numbers from my days at Eclipse (James Neil) 40 odd years ago…and the teeth settings….and the plane cap iron dimensions drom Stanley days…but I cant find…some things I bought on Saturday…they are in the house…(as I have been through the bin)…

    Sad arent I?

    Comment by Apricot | January 12, 2011 | Reply

  6. The things I was looking a Boots bag…have turned up…they were in the kitty items cupboard….why I dont know…and when I put them in there…

    Am now looking for other things….
    Think I need a holiday..8 and a half working days to go…

    Comment by Apricot | January 13, 2011 | Reply

  7. […] electric drill, but I need something light to put plugs in the plasterboard walls, as although the hand-drill is good, the chuck is not very good and I can’t drill holes deeper than a couple of […]

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