Two weeks ago I needed to drill a hole in a random piece of stone that I was using as a plinth for a sculpture. As I wasn’t sure of the best way to go about this, I looked it up on YouTube and the answer was a rotary hammer drill. I had one that belonged to my late partner, but had never used it. (Quite proficient with an ordinary drill, as I have had plenty of practice, but the hammer drill is very much bigger and heavier and I didn’t even know where to have the settings, but YouTube solved that problem).
Then yesterday I needed to reduce the size of some of the random stones on my kitchen wall, to accommodate a fridge freezer. I tried using a hammer and chisel, but couldn’t even make a dent in the stone. It was then that I remembered that the hammer drill also had a chisel attachment.
The noise played havoc with my tinnitus, so out came the ear defenders and how ludicrous I looked – especially as I neglected to remove my earrings! But what a lovely toy!