A power drill may appear to be a tool only serious do-it-yourselfers require, but we're here to tell you that every homeowner (or renter, for that matter!) should buy one. Even the simplest power drill can significantly improve results in ordinary household tasks like hanging a mirror or putting together furniture.
We're covering the fundamentals of drill bits and cordless power drills. This might seem straightforward, but because a power drill is essential for DIY work at home, knowing how to handle one properly is crucial.
A power drill serves two basic purposes. Drilling and driving are underway. Drilling creates a hole with a drill bit that will eventually receive a screw or nail. When driving, you put the screw through the wood.
Start with a bit when you're ready to learn how to use a drill. Your choice of drill bit depends on the work at hand. A drill bit set in your toolbox ensures you are ready for various projects.
There are drill bits for drilling ceramic, metal, wood, and other surfaces. Pick a bit that is appropriate for your purpose. Drilling a hole slightly smaller than the screw you're using is a wise idea. The screw can then securely bite into the material in this manner.
You can choose from flat head and Phillips drill bits. It need not be a replica of the screw. It works as long as the bit fits into the screw's slot.
It's time to attach your drill bit once you've decided. Learning how to insert a bit into a drill is easy. Changing a bit is essential to drilling.
Safety Advice – The power drill bit will be hot from friction if you use it. Use work gloves to remove it, or wait until it cools.
To insert or change a drill bit, perform the following actions:
When you are ready to drill, plan where the screws will go to save time. Finish measuring everything, then check that any straight lines are level. Mark each hole's location with a pencil before drilling. Use a small X or a pencil to draw a dot.
Wear safety glasses or goggles when using power tools. Before working, fix any loose clothing or hair. Anything that could entangle or wrap around the drill bit should be avoided.
Before using a cordless power drill for a project, make sure the battery is completely charged
Keep in mind that larger torque is usually used for drilling while lower torque is usually used for driving.
TIP: More torque is needed when drilling or driving through hardwoods or harder surfaces.
Cordless drills have keyless chucks, which enable manual chuck opening and closing without a "key". Holding the chuck in one hand will allow you to manually open it. Engage the trigger while switching the toggle to reverse. It will start to open. Add your two cents. Hold the chuck again. The toggle should be set to forward. Pull the trigger all the way down.
If necessary, use a speed square. On rare occasions, such as when using Kreg pocket hole screws, your drill won't be perpendicular.
Most triggers feature speed control, so change it as needed. At the top of the drill (on most power drill types), there is also an additional speed toggle. Keep in mind that driving should be done at a slower speed than drilling. As you dive deeper into the piece, speed up gradually at first.
Adjust the forward/reverse setting to reverse once you reach the required depth. Pull the trigger to remove your piece from the puzzle.
Now that you know how to operate it, install shelves, hang the drapes, or adjust fasteners on a rack.