There seems to be quite a bit of interest in fixing cordless drills.  Even I have done one instructable on the topic ( which I will put first here! otherwise no particular order ).  Most of the fixes involve the battery: some replace it, some soup it up.  This guide will help you find many of the instructables in one place.   If you have an instructable on this topic and I have missed it please let me know.  If you would rather junk the battery and add a cord see:  There are other things you can do with your cordless drill, more guides coming, one covers running the drill without the battery:  Cordless Drill Repair - Add a Cord
This adapts an old drill to accept inexpensive Harbor Freight batteries.
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Replace with better batteries?
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Here the battery is both replaced and upgraded.
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Extract cells from a cheap replacement battery to rebuild a "original" battery.
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Change the battery type for better performance?
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Expensive, heavy, but perhaps still useful.
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Here is a really different and quick approach. How can using duck tape be bad?
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